Torgeon has released a limited edition T36 Valjoux 7750 powered automatic chrono, which has their signature bold numbers dial, clean case design and a selection of leather straps.
Here’s the word from Torgeon;
The Torgoen T36 has four different styles, each delivered in a wooden, enameled-finish gift box with an additional complimentary strap.
The T36 runs on the famous Valjoux Calibre 7750. This celebrated movement can be found on some of the world’s most prestigious watches, which often surpass the $5,000 – and sometimes even $10,000 – bar. This movement incorporates 25 jewels, running at 28,800 Vibrations per Hour. It is considered as one of the most robust and reliable mechanisms in the market. The accuracy, as specified by ETA (the movement manufacturer), is set to -10/+15 seconds per day.
The case of the T36 consists of three main pieces: A see-through back, the top ring and the case body. The last two are made out of high-grade, brushed stainless steel. The case is designed to withstand pressure equivalent to 10ATM (100 meters under water).
The look and feel of the T36 dial is inspired by a cockpit’s altimeters. The markers and hands offer excellent luminescence, which can last up to 8 hours in total darkness. This is made possible thanks to the Super Luminova luminescence technology the watch incorporates, which is the best non-radioactive one out there. The dial consists of two layers- The upper one is cut out to expose the three sub dials that are printed on the one beneath it.
Each T36 comes with two straps: The first is a superior and luxurious calf Italian leather stitched strap that would only look better with time and the second, a double injection supple silicon strap that feels great on the wrist.
Using the best available materials, as described above, is not enough. In order to output the highest quality possible watch, all Torgoen watches undergo a series of rigorous quality control (QC) routines. These include drop tests, sweat simulations and esthetic tests, UV lighting (for dial discoloration prevention) tests, strap scratching prevention, water resistance, accuracy in different positions, power reserve tests, visual (cosmetic) checks, plating adherence, and many more. These tests are performed in all stages of production from the components level, through the assembly (encasing), and the final product.
We really tried to make the best product in its class, so we deployed our best team members to this project; those who are experienced and talented enough to be able to create this timepiece up to the standards we set ourselves to achieve. With this addition to our line we continue to be loyal to our mission: providing the best value product while using the highest quality of materials, applying the latest and best technology, and reaching the best attention-to-detail design and fine workmanship. The T36 is an affordable luxury product, and is guaranteed to give satisfaction and pride to its wearer.
Verdict: You can’t argue that an edition of just 15 examples isn’t collectable. This is a rairity, even though the Valjoux 7750 is arguaby the VW GTi 2.0 diesel engine of the watch world, having been around for decades. It’s a fair price for the spec, but the Torgeon name doesn’t carry much weight with enthusiasts as a bespoke producer. To be blunt, many brands offer more handmade features than this at the £1000-£1200 mark. Then there are vintage options like a Valjoux powered Sinn, Tissot, Oris, Muarice Lacroix and many more – dozens of brands in fact.
We found a Meister Anker, serviced, on ebay at £575, or how about a Tissot Couturier with box and papers, mint example for £649?