Not going with the flow, not giving into temptation, protecting its DNA: for almost ten years now, Mauron Musy has been a rare horological breed – and a jealously-guarded secret among collectors. It’s the only fully independent manufacture to have made the watch exterior complication its own, universally-acclaimed speciality.
This barely needs further introduction. Describing it is as simple as its workings are complex: no fewer than 36 components, including assembly flanges and satellite compression springs, keep the case perfectly waterproof – without a seal. The traditional waterproofing O-ring has been consigned to the past (or at least to a museum or cabinet of curiosities); Mauron Musy’s Armure model is watertight to depths of 300 metres without the need for any seal at all.
Previously, the workings of this ingenious piece of mechanical prowess could be glimpsed through the sapphire caseback of the brand’s creations. That was a good start, but didn’t go far enough, according to some collectors. That’s because in addition to having its own waterproofing complication, Mauron Musy boasts its own movement, not to be sneezed at either: it’s wholly proprietary, made entirely in Switzerland – and entirely within a 60-kilometre radius of the brand’s workshops. Aficionados of ‘Ultra Swissness’ and admirers of beautiful mechanisms were keen to enjoy a better view. The result? The Skeleton Armure, Mauron Musy’s first ever skeletonised watch.