A tale of transmission best describes Biver. A solid foundation in the present and an in-depth understanding of the past are required for forward progress. Jean-Claude and Pierre Biver capture and embody in perfect harmony the past, the present, and the future.
Jean-Claude and Pierre Biver are launching their company with a watch that plays customizable musical notes to indicate the time of day: Introducing Carillon Tourbillon Biver.
Jean-Claude Biver is a watch industry legend with a 50-year career under his belt. His career has taken him from Audemars Piguet to Blancpain to Omega to Hublot to TAG Heuer and LVMH. The 73-year-old man resigned in September 2018 as the head of the LVMH Watch Division. Jean-Claude Biver is not like the average person who looks forward to retirement. For those who think like JCB, the race has no end. It was time for him and his 22-year-old son Pierre to start something new: the foundation of a prestigious label. In order to accomplish this, they relied on the knowledge of the top experts in their respective fields as well as the extensive resources and connections offered by Biver.
Carillon minute repeater controlled by a tourbillon and wound by a micro-rotor represents the first chapter of the Biver watches’ story, which is seriously complex. The Bivers consulted one of the foremost authorities in the pitch, Le Cercle des Horlogers, when designing their Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon. All of the following innovations were created in collaboration with Dubois-Dépraz and are protected calibres. François Perez, the in-house movement function is available. A specialist in decorating the movements and two watchmakers to assemble them have been hired.
A carillon (with three chimes instead of two) and a tourbillon were “added on” to the repeater mechanism. Rarely seen in repeaters, the micro-rotor that winds it adds the convenience of automatic winding without sacrificing the watch’s slim profile or the viewer’s unobstructed view of the mechanism.
The Carillon Tourbillon Biver has a concave bezel, case bands, and caseback and measures 42 millimetres in diameter. The watch’s bold personality is reflected in its oversized crown and angular, soldered lugs. There’s a 50-meter depth rating for water resistance. The dials are also made of hard stone, either silver obsidian or sodalite, which is an eye-catching design choice. The curved indexes and matching dauphine-style hands on these domed watches are works of art in their own right. At 6 o’clock, beneath a bridge that mirrors the hands’ style, is the one-minute tourbillon.
The exquisite micro-rotor movement and its superb finishes can be admired through the exhibition caseback when you flip the watch over. The steel components are black polished and satin finished, and the white gold bridges are black polished and grained. The JCB001 calibre is a self-winding mechanical movement with a 34mm case diameter, 21,600 vph frequency (3Hz, standard for a tourbillon), and 72-hour power reserve when fully wound.
The timepiece is displayed on a unique faceted link bracelet made of either five rows of titanium or gold. It fits the case flawlessly and can be swapped out for another. The Carillon Tourbillon Biver is not affordable for most people at EUR 520,000 (approximately USD 550,000). There is currently only one regional distributor for Biver Watches. Toys R Us in the United States, Material Good in Canada, Bucherer in Europe, The Hour Glass in Singapore, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons in Dubai, and Yoshida in Japan.
Well, has this new release lived up to everyone’s expectations from Biver?