The MEET THE WATCH Series showcases a timepiece in more detail than just a casual glance. I often find out more about my own watches writing these articles than I like to admit. So sit back and keep reading... we might learn something together. This article has photos sourced from various places. Please see photo credits.
Every now and then a brand does something unexpected by reaching outside of their comfort zone to create a product that is unlike anything that they made before or since. That is the enigma that the Legacy Reserve de Marche Platine by Victorinox Swiss Army was in 2006 and still continues to be today. In English that would be Legacy Power Reserve in platinum.
To my knowledge, it is the rarest Swiss Army watch ever made, but not just in terms of limited numbers of just 60 produced. Instead, I am talking about rarity in terms of price, exclusivity and precious materials.
|Photo: Victorinox Swiss Army|
An ounce is not that much. According to Ask.com..."Items or collections of items which weigh 1 ounce include: 1 slice of bread, 28 paper clips, five U.S. quarters, and a compact disc (CD)."
The use of platinum for that case was probably the leading factor in its stratospheric price tag of $19,500 back in 2006 when platinum cost an average $1031.00 per ounce. But, the platinum costs alone do not tell the whole story, and honestly neither is Swiss Army. There is minuscule amounts of information about this watch on the Internet... and any references to the model all say the same thing. Presumably, this would be what I call "ad copy" written by the company when it was on sale.
|Photo: Victorinox Swiss Army. A closeup of the Valgranges A07.161 movement with 46 hour power reserve|
Here is a synopsis of the info that I could find.
- The 43mm case is made of platinum, but assumably the rest is not
- The lugs, bezel and crown guards are black rubber to protect your investment I guess
- It comes with a black rubber strap and a brown leather strap probably with deployment clasp, but I cannot confirm that from the photos
- It has a higher than standard degree of decoration on the Valgranges A07 movement
- It has a 46 hour power reserve indicator
- It has an anti-reflective triple coated sapphire crystal and case back
- It comes in a display box with band change tools and a magnifying loupe
|Photo: Victorinox Swiss Army. The watch came with 2 straps.|
|Photo: Ebay Seller. The rubber watch strap is numbered 22/125 and does not match the case .|
|Photo: EBay seller. The display box has all the goodies.|
Price becomes a big factor when one considers the vast field of luxury watches with more prestigious names like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Brietling, Omega and a whole bunch more. Below is a Google search of platinum men's watches and the prices they are commanding.
|Photo: Ebay Seller. The inner dial is a little busy for me.|
To me it misses the mark of a top-of-the-line luxury timepiece. It looks like a nice sport watch and not the best that a company can design. It pains me to say that because I am just about the biggest Swiss Army fanboy around... but I can't fib about it. I have many gorgeous watches from the company that have inspired the feeling of "I got to have it!" just from their looks. This watch cerebrally inspires the collector in me that seeks out the ultra rare.
|Photo: EBay Seller. I'm starting to warm up to it. Darn, I want it.|