2 Friends; 12 months; 1 vision – creating an incredible watch
We met a couple of years ago working on the V1-X and have become good friends. During the first Swiss lockdown back in 2020, we decided to create a new watch and kicked off an exciting journey during which we overcame big challenges, tried out new technologies, made new friends and had the chance to bring in some light in a time plagued by the global pandemic.
This is the story of two friends building a new chapter in VAULT`s history and having a lot of fun in the process. Enjoy the ride 😊
Albert Zeller, CEO RC Tritec
Mark Schwarz, Founder VAULT
A BUSINESSMAN BY DAY, SUPERHERO BY NIGHT
A TIMEPIECE BRUCE WAYNE WOULD WEAR
We kicked off project RCT back in May 2020 with three clear objectives:
The two of us don’t like to just stick to what has been done in the past. We wanted to challenge the status quo, innovate, and explore new directions. It doesn’t make life easier but rather a life worthwhile.
Project RCT would lead to a stealthy watch by day and a showstopper by night. A watch that Bruce Wayne could wear at a business meeting in the afternoon and while chasing the Joker as Batman by night.
Last but not least, we wanted to have a lot of fun in the process, which (spoiler alert) we had 😊
PASSION & LOVE
DO WHAT YOU DO WITH PASSION AND LOVE
From the get-go, we were committed to giving the RCT lots of personality. Therefore, we decided to engrave the movement main plate with a heart representing Albert’s life motto to do what you do with passion and love. As Albert belongs to the straight edge movement, which is about living a sober and positive life, we added an X-engraving to the plate as well, which was engraved by our friend and watchmaker Marc Jenni.
In line with the stealthy look we wanted to achieve, the brass main plate was rhodium plated by Marc Jenni and beautifully sandblasted giving the engraving a strong contrast.
Challenging the status quo did not fall short of practical aspects for the new RCT. To improve readability by night we wanted to light up the hour numerals and increase the brightness of the minute hand, which became a major task in the project...
CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO
GLOWING 3D HOUR NUMERALS AND MINUTE HAND