Edouard Heuer opened his first workshop in Saint-Imier, a remote mountain village in northern Switzerland, in 1860, and the company has been challenging the rules of traditional Swiss horology ever since.
Perhaps most notably, Heuer invented the oscillating pinion, a vital part (made up of two pinions and a moving rod replacing the two large wheels traditionally found in chronographs) still used by master watchmakers today.
First unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year, the limited-edition Carrera Calibre 7—available in September—is about as simple as a watch can get, but therein lies the beauty.
The slim 39mm case, formed from solid yellow gold, houses the “glassbox” sapphire crystal face, which in turn protects the silver opaline dial beneath. Finished with yellow gold indices, hands, and an alligator leather strap, it’s a refined exercise in understated luxury.
First published in Esquire Singapore's October 2015 issue.