The Paul Picot brand is a rather obscure newcomer in the grand scheme of Swiss watchmaking. While named after an 18th century pioneer in timekeeping the brand was actually founded in 1976 by an Italian businessman and watch retailer named Mario Boiocchi. Starting a new watch brand in ‘76 was what most people would call crazy. This was the height of the quartz crisis and is generally the time in history when we are talking about Swiss brands going out of business. Boiocchi believed in his formula and was able to prove everybody wrong. Additionally, that formula has also become quite common across the industry. The Paul Picot Atelier line of watches are without a doubt the pinnacle of the brand but still represent what the brand does best which is take high quality ebauche movements, add a high level of finishing, and pair it with a guilloche or enamel dial. Retailing for over $10,000, these watches can be viewed as quite pricey but they represent a fantastic value on the secondary market due to limited brand awareness in the US as compared to Italy and the rest of Europe.
Much like the Paul Picot brand itself the regulator complication on this watch is a rather obscure one. The complication was created at the end of the 1700s by french watchmaker Pierre Louie Berthoud (nephew of the famous watchmaker Ferdinand Berthoud) with the intent of creating a clock that could be read with the greatest accuracy. By design a regulator has three separate dials for the three hands (hours, minutes, and seconds) so that no hand obstructs the time-telling of another hand. This lent itself well to being used in environments that required accuracy such as on marine chronometers, in observatories, and on the walls of watchmaking workshops. In recent years the complication has become more popular with a greater number of brands adding the complication to their lineup including Patek Philippe who introduced their first regulator in the mid 2000s with the Ref. 5235. This Paul Picot adds a power reserve indicator and date indicator to the basic regulator function and pairs it all nicely with a guilloche solid silver dial and applied blued indices. A classic combination that lives up to this watches refined looks.
The 40mm stainless steel case is in excellent condition. The only fault is a small scratch in the sapphire crystal above the 47 minute mark on the dial. The overall design is quite classic with its fine coin bezel and fancy lugs. Completing the package is a transparent caseback that puts the solid gold rotor on clear display. The caseback also denotes the individual edition number of the watch which can also be seen on the dial.
Additionally, the watch comes on its original dark blue alligator strap with signed deployant clasp.
The Dial and Hands
The solid silver guilloche dial is in excellent condition with no major faults. The guilloche work is lovely and is complemented nicely by the blued hands and applied minute markers. As mentioned above the dial also features the individual edition number of the watch.
This watch features the automatic Paul Picot cal PP1100 which is based on the ETA 2892 / Calibre 3314. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Paul Picot cal PP1100 (ETA 2892 )|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|