; RUDIS SYLVA RS14 PINK GOLD HARMONIOUS OSCILLATOR REVIEW









RUDIS SYLVA RS14 PINK GOLD HARMONIOUS OSCILLATOR REVIEW

 Rudis Sylva RS14 Pink Gold Harmonious Oscillator. A luxury hand-manufactured Swiss made Haute Horlogerie wristwatch by independent watchmaker Rudis Sylva in a 44mm case of 18ct pink gold and black PVD titanium and presented on a hand-stitched alligator leather strap with pin buckle. Sapphire crystal over open worked dial with off centred guilloché hours and minutes in matte black and featuring exposed mechanism and guilloché worked mainplate. Featuring hand engraved caseback and in-house manual winding movement regulated by patented Harmonious Oscillator and with 70 hours of power reserve.


A showcase for innovational watchmaking, and one which has been heralded as an invention which is comparable with Breguet’s tourbillon, the Harmonious Oscillator developed by Rudis Sylva creates a new standard for physical resonance within the confines of a wristwatch case. This unique arrangement of two toothed balances, which enables instantaneous correction of timekeeping errors in the vertical position, defies the laws of Earth’s gravity and its interference on accuracy. The Rudis Sylva RS14 Pink Gold watch showcases this extraordinary mechanism beautifully within a stunning Haute Horlogerie setting.

An independent watchmaking company which by its very name pays homage to the creation of watchmaking in the Jura region, Rudis Sylva have become vanguards for métiers d’art techniques, by highlighting the collaborative skills of artisan watchmaking in the area. The development of their Harmonious Resonance is considered by many in the industry to be a significant technical advancement in progressive watchmaking and it is without doubt a triumphant achievement for such a small scale independent company.

A commanding timepiece from every aspect, the RS14 Pink Gold is housed with a rounded case of black PVD coated titanium with a polished 18ct pink gold bezel. Sized at 44mm across it evokes a noble presence on the wrist.

Visually compelling, the lower sector of the watch façade is dominated by the revolutionary Harmonious Oscillator, an invention which quite literally makes the seemingly impossible, possible. Building upon the theoretical conclusion of better timekeeping through resonance, Rudis Sylva have invented a novel physical resonance arrangement, comprising of two toothed balances linked together. While the pair are physically linked, only one of the balances is linked to the escapement, and this enables it to then provide the impulse which drives the other. As the pair work in symmetrical opposition, each instantly averages the error of the other regardless of the position of the cage which holds them, as it completes its mesmerising 60 second circumlocution.

Complex, yet incredibly beautiful, superlative finishing has been embellished upon every tiny detail, and notably, the titanium cage whose form recalls that miniature weaponry, features 28 bevelled angles, despite the challenges of rendering such decoration on this type of construction material. Elsewhere, flawless guilloché work on the lower part of the mainplate, which upon further inspection reveals row upon row of increasingly smaller pyramid motifs, is an impressive, eye-pleasing inclusion. Visually secondary to the formidable panorama of the mechanisms, the indication of the hours and minutes are represented on a classically styled off-centred display with a hand guilloché pyramid motif at its central section and via golden hand-made hands and roman numerals and markers, and with a arc shaped golden seconds indicator on the lower part of the dial. Creating a further multi-level aspect, the hours and minutes dial is elevated and beneath it on either side one can glimpse the two barrels of the movement set against a backdrop of decorative perlage engraving.

Powering the watch, the in-house manual winding calibre beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph and has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. Featuring the patented invention, the “Harmonious Oscillator”, which is a world first with two toothed balances, which exhibits a resonance effect from the first oscillations, the development of this sophisticated movement and the superb finishing employed in its construction demonstrates both the flair for innovation of this exciting independent watchmaking company, and also their commitment to upholding traditional métiers d’art skills. Adhering to the artisan styling codes of the watch, the solid caseback also features splendid craftsmanship, with a sundial motif, hand engraving and script which serves as a reminder of the importance of time, simply stating “Ultima Forsan”.

A masterful, technically accomplished timepiece, the Rudis Sylva RS14 Pink Gold Harmonious Oscillator watch comes presented on a hand-stitched alligator leather strap secured with a pin buckle.
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