The Swiss independent brand Vault Watches released today a new timepiece: the VAULT V1+ CTi. For those unfamiliar with the Vault Watches name, have a look at these articles I have written for Deployant: the first announcement, the factory visit and the official Swiss launch event. Today the brand announced today the Vault V1 in a new interesting material – carbon and titanium. Check below the official press release.
Time is a personal matter. Even more so your own timepiece that treasures the hours and minutes of your day. That’s why customisation has always been part of VAULT’s core mission. But this time, we have taken it to another level. Imagine you’re able to choose not just the colours engravings and materials, but commission a bespoke case material. Sounds unbelievable? We know. But we made it happen.
The V1+ CTi is characterised by a unique connection of material: carbon and titanium. The carbon-titanium composite is one-of-a-kind and has been developed specifically for VAULT. We pursued this idea together with a client. Our goal was to unite the unique features of both materials. As far as we know, no watchmaker has used a composite of carbon and titanium to create a case before.
Time is precious. That’s why VAULT doesn’t play around when it comes to time. We take as much time as needed for the things we value. Case in point is our new V1+ CTi. The handmade manufacture of our newest model has been the most complex so far.
Our signature carbon-titanium composite was developed by our partner Fatcarbon. The very thin pre-preg carbon layers and fine titanium powder were alternately hand-layered and baked under pressure to form a solid piece of material.
RGB X-Tech shaped this thrilling yet complex material into our watch case. As both components, carbon and titanium, make different demands to the manufacturing, finding the right tool was crucial. A specialised CNC milling machine did the job. So far so good. But do you know how long that took? A mesmerising 32 hours of machine running time!
To finish off the V1+ CTi, we optimised the design, re-engineered the hour gear transmission and teamed up with the talented watchmaker Marc Jenni. He developed a new rotor that is lighter and increases the wearing comfort.
Good things take time. The VAULT V1+ CTi characterises that more than any model has ever before. Going from a simple idea to our signature connection of material and finally to a brand-new watch took several hands and a lot of time. That’s what we do at VAULT: We take our time and create novelties for you.
VAULT V1+ CTi Technical Specifications
Unique VAULT CTi carbon titanium composite
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Open case back featuring a bespoke red Super-LumiNova print
Titanium screws with signature VAULT screw head profile
Titanium 2-part crown
Pearl blasted titanium mono-cage II
V01 automatic movement (exclusively made for VAULT by Uhrteil AG)
Inertia regulated balance wheel
Power reserve: ca. 50 hours
Frequency: 21`600 vph
Rhodium plated Skeleton rotor with Super-LumiNova Logo
Pearl blasted rhodium plated baseplate
Black rhodium plated brushed and bevelled bridges
Hour Gear Transmission (HGT) II:
The new HGT II features a black rhodium plated X-bridge with
bevelled spokes, a new transmission system which reduces the
amount of moving parts and lowers weight.
Pearl blasted, laser engraved and black anodized aluminium
rehaut featuring red Lumicast 5-minute markers
Black and red ostrich leg leather strap with contrasting red stitching
featuring a new titanium buckle with laser engraved logo
Company Founded: 2016
Location: Bassersdorf, Switzerland
Owners: Mark Schwarz, Philippe Schmid, Laurent Auberson, UhrTeil AG, Venture Kick
Concept: Creating bespoke mechanical art that extends beyond timekeeping to the nature of time itself
EACH WATCH IS CHARACTERISED BY ITS INDIVIDUALITY
Courtesy of its distinctive method of operation, the watch displays a different face whenever the time is reset, thereby enabling each owner of a Vault watch to wear a timepiece which is unique and individual.
THE WATCH MOVEMENT IS AUTONOMOUS
The watch is set by rotating the complete movement.
THE WATCH DIAL IS ROTATABLE
VAULT creates the only watch to utilize the ground-breaking HOUR GEAR TRANSMISSION (HGT), with its uniquely rotating dial, to indicate the hours.
THE WAY IN WHICH THE TIME IS DISPLAYED IS NOVEL
The innovative watch dial displays the time in a totally unconventional way because the numbers indicating the hours are moved to a different position whenever the time is reset.
THE TIME IS SET IN AN ENTIRELY UNIQUE WAY
The hours and minutes are set by rotating the movement and the dial at different speeds.