LOWENTHAL MONO RATTRAPANTE
Lowenthal operated as a subsidiary under the renowned Bovet Fleurier brand, which was based in Switzerland. Dating back to the 1940s, their mono rattrapante watches were equipped with the Valjoux 84 movement, showcasing a sophisticated level of craftsmanship and technical prowess. While Lowenthal timepieces were crafted with similar precision and attention to detail as their Bovet counterparts, they were manufactured in smaller quantities. The monorattrapante complication found in this Lowenthal timepiece is notably uncommon. Unlike typical rattrapantes, which employ two hands to measure the seconds of two events, the mono rattrapante operates with just one hand. By activating the upper pusher, you start the chronograph function. Pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock initiates a pause, and upon releasing this pusher, the seconds hand instantly advances to the intended time without interruption.
This watch stands as a representation of a vintage Monorattrapante chronograph produced by Lowenthal in the mid-1940s. Crafted with “Acier Inoxidable” for both the case and caseback, it boasts a striking black gilt dial adorned with silver prints and is paired with a vintage, unbranded bracelet. Dial, case, caseback, hands align with the era of production, and the watch operates flawlessly, showcasing the unique monorattrapante complication. Chronograph pusher and winding crown have most likely been changed over the years. Considering its age, the overall condition remains commendable. While minor indications of wear may be visible on the dial and case, these slight blemishes do not detract from the enduring vintage appeal of this remarkable piece of horological craftsmanship.
Circa 1940’s, Diameter 37mm.