Despite having never physically seen it in person, there was something oddly satisfying about the Waltz No. 1 introduced last year by Austrian brand Carl Suchy & Söhne. As the brand's first new fake watch in many decades, the Waltz No. 1 made a strong first impression, delivering a stark, minimalist design with interesting curves and textures at every angle while maintaining a modern, yet strangely cohesive and classic aesthetic. For Baselworld 2018, the brand revisits the lovely Waltz No. 1 case and movement, but with a neat skeletonized dial.
Quick catch-up on Carl Suchy & Söhne ?the brand once enjoyed a notable reputation as Austria's premier watchmaker at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but much of that history had been lost ?er, to history when the watchmaker's bench was vacated around the turn of the 20th century. Not content to let a good story go to waste, the brand is now under new ownership, and if these two initial releases are any indication, the future is looking bright indeed.Advertising Message
Granted, Carl Suchy & Söhne still has much to prove, but if they're starting to establish a key component of their name, it's that traditions are a little like rules ?they're meant to be observed, bent, iterated on, and then re-made. And that's sort of what the Waltz No. 1 Skeleton fake watch is ?it's everything we loved about the initial Waltz with its curved hourly indices set into the dial, and striking guilloché pattern inspired by the perpendicular positioning of two dancers entwined in a waltz. However, here those textured grooves have been replaced by shutters through which the Vaucher-manufactured VMF5401/180 ultra-thin movement is visible. Even the rotating center seconds disc at 6:00 gets the same skeletonized treatment, further animating the dial while neatly illustrating the contra positioning of two dancers amidst a waltz.
VMF5401 is far from an uncommon movement ?Vaucher makes high-end ebauches for many "haute horology?applications, and this is essentially one of them ?albeit a stripped-down version with only a center seconds and no other major complications. Carl Suchy & Söhne's execution of the movement differs slightly, as you'll notice through through the louvres how the VMF 5401's plate and bridges have been beveled, and PVD-coated black for contrast to introduce a very subtle, but cool series of textures and depths that aren't often with most skeletal treatments. And as a true 'ultra-thin?movement at a wispy 2.6mm, the VMF5401 also comes equipped with a de-centered micro rotor, which is a treat to behold through the back of the watch.
With short, downward-curved lugs and a svelte 9.3mm profile, it's extremely likely that the 41.5mm case of the Waltz No. 1 will wear well within the comfort levels of most wrists, but we'll hold the verdict until we have a chance to go hands-on with this unique fake watch at Baselworld. Price for the Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No. 1 Skeleton is 18,390 CHF. carlsuchy.comAdvertising Message Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec II Replica watch Hands On 3794