The Irish McGonigle brothers, John and Stephen, have finally unveiled the Tuscar, a time-only watch and their second timepiece after the tourbillon. This watch was a long time coming – the tourbillon was unveiled in 2007 – and has been keenly anticipated by fans of indepedent watchmaking.
The Tuscar is 42.5 mm wide with an open, sapphire dial. It contains the McG01 movement with double barrels for a 90 hour power reserve and a large 12.8 mm balance wheel for chronometric performance. It also has a gold escape wheel which is apparently lubrication-free. “We wanted a time-only watch with a high focus on excellent timekeeping; a substantial power reserve; solid reliability; and with superb finishing and decoration.” explains John McGonigle. “The design had to have a clean coherent style and we wanted the principle mechanical elements visible on the dial side. To achieve all of that we had to develop our own movement from the ground up.”
At first glance the watch reminds me of a Greubel Forsey but the details are unique and reminiscent of the Celtic styling of the McGonigle tourbillon. And like the tourbillon, the finishing depicted in the photos also looks superb.
This will be available in a limited edition of 20 pieces in rose gold, following the sold-out “One in Ten” launch series.