A technically supreme example of innovative watchmaking, the Rudis Sylva RS14 Titanium features the company’s patented Harmonious Oscillator, a mechanism which enables instantaneous correction of timekeeping errors in the vertical position, and thus defies the effects of Earth’s gravity on accuracy. With its unique arrangement of two linked toothed balances driven by a single escapement, the invention creates a new standard for physical resonance within the confines of a wristwatch case, and such is its significance that its development has been compared to Breguet’s tourbillon. Exhibiting an avant-grade personality the RS14 Titanium watch provides a contemporary setting with which to showcase this revolutionary development.
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.
Exhibiting a powerful wrist presence, the RS14 Titanium is housed with a rounded case of black PVD coated titanium featuring meticulous vertical and satin finishing, sized at 44mm across.
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 revolution.
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 an off-centred display with a hand guilloché pyramid motif at its central section. In line with the stealthy character of the case, the dial is rendered in matte black, and is enhances with contrasting vivid red accents on the open-worked hands, roman numerals and markers, and on the arc shaped seconds scale 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”.
An imposing timepiece abound with modern styling and technical accomplishments, the Rudis Sylva RS14 Titanium watch comes presented on a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with red hand-stitching, secured with a pin buckle.