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Pequignet Royale 300: Test, review and exclusive photos

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Le 21 July 2015
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It’s a big year for Pequignet. A year in which the first stage in brand development has been completed – essentially thanks to this new 100% Made in France diver’s watch. This is nothing short of a step forward since it is the first time that Pequignet has made its Morteau manufacture movement available to divers.

“So what?” I hear you say. Well, this “Calibre Royal is, quite simply, the be all and end all of French Manufacture with its power reserve of over 88 hours. Quite an impressive advantage. I don’t want to ramble on but it can easily rub shoulders with this sector’s star products, as we told you in our selection of divers’ watches.

You’ve got it – we intend to review this extremely beautiful Pequignet Royale 300 through a few photos – also 100% Made in France!

Pequignet Royale 300 on rocks

Four models are available (Black dial and black bezel, black strap / Blue dial and blue bezel, blue strap/ Black dial and orange bezel, black strap/ Black dial and orange bezel, orange strap). Pequignet plays the colour card, varying the intensity of the shades to appeal to a large clientele with Royale 300.

This model which satisfies the highest requirements of a professional diver’s watch with, for instance, its unidirectional rotating bezel, is Vulcamix patented. It is equipped with a Luminova capsule at 12 o’clock and a 60-minute scale allowing divers to accurately calculate the decompression phase.

Pequignet Royale 300 watch : orange model

Furthermore, its patented crown with ¼ turn, inscribed with the Fleur-de-Lys, the symbol of Manufacture, ensures swift, intuitive handling. Its multi-level dial has a small second hand at 3 o’clock and a power reserve of 88 hours between 7 and 8 o’clock.

Its sporty design, markersand hands coated in Luminova BGW9 ensure optimal visibility, which is essential underwater.

Wrist shot of the orange Pequignet Royale 300 watch

Thanks to the satin-polished finish of the horns, this timepiece is comfortable to wear despite its considerable width and thickness – typical characteristics of divers’ watches.

Wrist shot of the black Pequignet Royale 300 watch

The Pequignet Royale 300 is therefore a fine blend of innovation and modernity but strictly in accordance with French watchmaking traditions (#proudtobefrench).

The technical features are combined in Calibre Royal to make this a high-performance, contemporary diving watch with an elegant case. The movement has an automatic rewind mechanism in both directions and a frequency of 21,600 rotations/hour.

Black Pequignet Royale 300 watch under water

This new and unique diver’s watch is waterproof to a depth of 300 m. Its 43 mm satin-polished steel case is available with three different coloured bezels: orange, black or blue.

Focus and wristshot of the orange  Pequignet Royale 300 watch

The timepiece is fitted with a monobloc rubber strap with double-clasp folding buckle. It is decorated with the Fleur-de-Lys logo symbolising the revival of the French Manufacture style of watchmaking. Available in three colours (black, blue or orange) to match the bezel.

Taking photos of the Pequignet Royale 300 watch

To finish off, here are a few technical facts on how this calibre is manufactured. This may or may not give you food for thought as you scan the horizon…

The Calibre Royal was entirely designed, prototyped, tested and assembled in the Pequignet watchmaking laboratory at Morteau, in France. Its production required 279 technical drawings, 318 components including 316 drawn to plan by the Pequignet Laboratory, 150 tools or component manufacturing matrices and over 20,000 measurements. With 8 international patents, the Calibre Royal from Pequignet Manufacture is a genuine masterpiece of innovation!

Think about that!

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