Must See Monday: RGM PS-801-Skeleton

We kick off a particularly bright and sunny Monday morning with the new PS-801 Skeleton for RGM Watches.

It was introduced in 2007 as independent US brand RGM’s first in-house movement. Now, following more than a year in development, RGM introduces a classic skeleton version of its most famous movement.

A solid gold plaque at the bottom of the dial divides the minute into thirds. The three arm second hand enables a clear view of the movement and the escapement. The different lengths of the arms of the second hand allow for easy reading of the seconds as they pass.

All of the components of the movement are hand finished using traditional techniques. The matte grain finish and polished bevels (anglage) on the bridges and main plate require many hours by a skilled craftsman.

Inspiration was taken from skeleton watches from the early 20th century which was less ornate with clean lines and a functional aesthetic.

The watch is housed in a polished stainless-steel Pennsylvania series case. With its large lugs and ribbed sides, the watch is architecture on the wrist. Like most of the components of the Caliber 801, the case is also made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA, and finished by hand.

Specifications

Movement Caliber:  In-House RGM Caliber 801 Skeleton, Manual wind, 19 jewels, 18,000 vph. Rhodium, Hand finished – Matte Grain finish and perlage. Unique 7 tooth winding click and a hand engraved balance bridge with swan neck regulator. 90% made in the USA.

Functions: Hour / Minute / 3-arm Second hand

PS Series Case: American Made Polished 316L Stainless Steel. 43.3mm X 12.3mm. Sapphire crystal front and back, 22 mm lug width and water-resistant to 5-ATM.

Optional 42mm Case: Polished 316L Stainless Steel. 42.0 mm X 10.5 mm. Sapphire crystal front and back, 22mm lug width and water-resistant to 5-ATM.

How much?

Stainless steel version: US$21,400

18k gold version: US$34,200

 

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