Vincent Calabrese is a watchmaker who can create movements in the shape of letters, starting from the straight line of his classic Golden Bridge, to the Cs, Hs, Ys and so forth of his spatial watches (read more about Calabrese and his company NHC here). So it comes as no surprise to find that he is perfectly capable of taking a standard ETA movement and modifying it to do some different things. His watch Beauty Fuel starts as a brilliant play on words (beauty fuel, beautiful), impressive for a man whose languages are Italian and French. It continues with an interesting combination of functions, displayed on a dial with different types of guilloché. First and foremost, the “fuel gauge” suggested by the name, which takes the form of a matchstick-shaped pointer in the 6 o’clock position, and shows the power reserve which, like all watches powered by the ETA 2892-A2 movement, is 42 hours.
On the left-hand subdial, there are the days of the week. On the right-hand subdial, a 12-hour display for a second time-zone. The date is shown in a circular window at the top of the dial, and there are the usual second, minute and hour hands for local time. All adjustments are made from the crown.
The ETA 2892-A2 movement can be viewed through the caseback, and it has a personalized oscillating weight. It runs at 4 Hertz, 28,800 vibrations per hour. In the pic below, caseback of the circular and tonneau versions.
Many purchaser options
The case is 40 mm in diameter, in stainless steel, and the watch is available in circular or tonneau-shape, with a choice of dial colours.
Price of the Beauty Fuel
The price of the Beauty Fuel by NHC/Vincent Calabrese is 8,600 Swiss francs for the circular version with leather strap, 9,100 Swiss francs for the tonneau version, and for each, an extra 400 Swiss francs if you prefer a steel bracelet Read more on the NHC/Vincent Calabrese website.