We spend the majority of the time admiring the front of a watch. To some extend a pity, as many manufactures go through a great deal of trouble to create the most amazing case backs. The majority of them these days offers a glorious view of what makes our watches tick: the movement, and these are some of our favorites!
Graff MasterGraff Minute Repeater
Seemingly cut in half, the case back of the MasterGraff Minute Repeater seems to follow the recipe of one half technical delight and one-half stunning decorations! You have a full view of the minute repeater hammers which hit the gongs that circle around the movement. The bridges are decorated with Graff’s logo, inlaid with blue mother of pearl.
Louis Moinet Space Mystery
While a deep blue dial and classical engraved case rule the front of Louis Moinet’s Space Mystery, the back of the watch seems to be more a piece of abstract art. The main plate show generous openings, featuring skeletonized bridges to support all the parts, and of course make room for the oversized tourbillon that can be better seen from the front of the watch.
Yes, we admit it: we at Haute Time are suckers for micro-rotor movements, and when it comes to that it is almost impossible to resist Piaget‘s caliber 1203P as fitted in the Altiplano 60th Anniversary collection! A direct descendent of the legendary caliber 12P, the movement is only 3mm thick, and the total height of the Altiplano encased is only 6.36mm, and fortunately, this includes the room needed to fit a sapphire case back!
Panerai PAM 662 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio
Who would have thought so many years ago that Panerai would become a prime Manufacture? How far they have come is evident by one of their most basic calibers: P.3000. Not only does this manual wind caliber offer a power reserve of three days, thanks to two barrels, but also a full bridge over the balance spring. Everything about this movement says robust, and perhaps one of the most pleasing aspects is that it is a perfect fit in terms of size, with the Panerai cases.