Wessex Peerless Auto GB
The Peerless design concept takes its inspiration from the watch designs of the grand masters of horology from bygone era's and combines it with the unique design approach of Wessex.
In designing the dials for The Peerless collection we wanted to achieve real depth to the dial, not just the illusion of depth. Not being happy with the results of applied chapter ring, sub-dial and banners, the result being too generic and not in keeping with our design philosophy, we decided to go for the layered dial that adorns the final product.
The dial is in fact made up of two separate dials, each painstakingly hand-crafted at our Wiltshire workshop. The base dial featuring beautifully machined guilloché, with the top dial meticulously cut away to form the chapter ring and banner, leaving multiple windows to view the beautiful guilloché beneath. The index, roman numerals and banner are engraved and hand painted, before we, again by hand, apply the final brushed finish.
The top dial of the GB is cut to form the unmistakable Union flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, leaving windows to view the four beautiful guilloché of the base dial, one guilloché for each member of the union! Within the flag the two patterns are a diamond stud and basket weave, the areas above and below the flag are engraved with a gentle undulating wave pattern (a nod to the maritime heritage of the UK) and the area outside the index ring engraved with a radial diamond stud pattern. 'Wessex Peerless' and 'Handmade in England' are engraved within four of the outer windows, which is then hand-painted (this can be omitted if you prefer). To finish, the base is then polished to contrast with the brushed top dial.
The Swiss made case for The Peerless Automatic is precision milled from solid block 316L stainless steel (surgical grade) and polished to a fantastic mirror finish. It features a double domed sapphire crystal with AR coating to the front and a flat sapphire crystal to the rear exhibition window.
The choice of the STP 1-11 for the automatic was a no-brainer, in terms of finish, build quality and specification it is second to none in its class.
We have modified the movement to have only two crown positions, manual wind and set, because of the omission of the date function.
Beautifully decorated, perlage finished plates and bridges, a Côtes de Genève finished rotor and blued screws greet you when you look through the rear exhibition window.
Internally the movement features a Nivarox balance spring, Nivaflex NM barrel spring, and Incabloc shock protection.
Running at 28,000 vph and factory regulated in 5 positions (COSC criteria), with final regulation performed by Wessex, you are looking at a movement that performs to chronometer standards!
The watch is completed with Swiss made blue Dauphine style hour and minute hands (or diamond style, hollowed if you prefer) and a red sweep seconds hand. A handmade italian calf leather strap, again in blue, finishes the piece.
Each Peerless watch is assembled, regulated and tested by us at Wessex in our Wiltshire workshop.
If you would like to enquire about a custom version of this superlative timepiece please call our studio on +44 (0)1249 705 918 or fill in the custom watch form here.