Limes, part of the Ickler stable that also owns Archimede, has introduced a new version of its Pharo DayDate. This is an attractive but relatively rare complication, and Limes’ version has touches of refinement such as the Clous-de-Paris guilloché dial, the fluting on the case side and blue Breguet hands.
Case and dial
The case is made by the group’s company Ickler, in polished and brushed stainless steel. It is 40.5 mm in diameter, 11 mm thick, with a display caseback, water resistance 5 atm. It has a black leather strap. The slightly domed watchglass has an antireflective coating that enhances the appearance of the guilloché. The day display is available in German or English. The overall appearance is reminiscent of Breguet, though the caseband fluting has now been changed from the Breguet-style coin-edge fluting to more widely-spaced lines, more modern in their effect.
ETA 2834 movement
The watch is powered by the self-winding ETA 2834 in its “Top” version, with decoration comprising blued screws, Geneva stripes and Perlage, and a rotor with the Limes logo. The balance is in Glucydur, an alloy with a low coefficient of thermal expansion, so that its rate of oscillation is less affected by changes in temperature. The balance runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hertz. Power reserve is 38 hours. All settings are made from the crown.
Price and reference
The Limes Pharo DayDate is reference U6117-LA2.3. It costs €880 inclusive of VAT, €739.50 without VAT (if you are purchasing from outside the EU). Available with a delivery time of between one and two weeks. Further information from the Limes website.