Another relative newcomer on the independent watchmaking block is Cvstos, a niche Geneva-based brand founded in 2005 by Sassoon Cirmeaux, son of Vartan Cirmeaux of the Franck Muller Watchland Group. With an emphasis on tonneau-shaped cases in all its collections, it’s no surprise that co-founder and chief designer Antonio Terranova worked at Richard Mille long before his adventure at Cvstos. As with many watch brands, the core collections are based around land/chronograph, sea/sealiner and air/jetliner, and earlier this year a new Metropolitan luxury sports watch collection was launched. An even more extensive and diverse portfolio of watches includes a smaller lineup called Re-Belle, released in 2021. Still offering a robust 100m water-resistant case, the limited-edition models come with moon phase functions, mother-of-pearl or aventurine dials and a wide sway of gemstone setting options.
Featuring the brand’s bold tonneau-shaped case, all Re-Belle Moon models, whether in stainless steel or 5N red gold, feature gem-set cases and dials. There are many options, from brilliant-cut and snow-set diamonds to tutti fruity rainbow models with colored sapphires.
At 36mm wide and 47.2mm long, the polished tonneau-shaped case has a cambered, ergonomic profile to follow the contours of the wrist. The lateral casebands are hollow and micro-blasted for a sportier look, and the crown is screwed-down to ensure 100m water resistance. A crown made of stainless steel or red gold is set with a band of brilliant cut diamonds or colored sapphires. The models for the photo shoot correspond to a red gold model with a mother-of-pearl dial and brilliant-cut diamonds, and a steel model with an aventurine dial and a snow-set diamond case.
To underscore the curved, tapering lines of the case, the red gold model is set with a row of brilliant-cut diamonds on both sides and a double row of diamonds on either side where the strap lugs meet. Interestingly, in the case of the steel model there is an even more striking diamond setting called the snow setting, where diamonds of various diameters completely cover the metal to recreate the effect of freshly fallen snow.
Commanding center stage of the dial is the moon phase aperture, which is placed behind the axis of the central hour and minute hands. While the red gold model features a mother-of-pearl aperture and an aventurine in steel, both models feature a realistically rendered and oversized moon floating in a star-spangled aventurine sky.
Both models have 12 diamond indices that overlap the flange and a circular framed date window at 6 o’clock with a quick-corrector mechanism. The hour and minute hands are openworked and treated with Super-LumiNova, and the dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
The caseback displays the CVS 882 self-winding mechanical caliber with 26 jewels, 38h power reserve and 4Hz frequency.
Availability & Price
As mentioned, there are several models of Re-Belle on the brand’s webpage. All variants of the Re-Belle Moon are limited editions of 50 pieces and range in price USD 25,900 to USD 53,000. Fitted with an elegant hand-stitched alligator strap with a pin buckle, a stainless steel version can also be ordered with a rubber strap with diamond-set links and a folding strap. For the photo shoot we have a stainless steel model with snow-set diamonds retailing USD 35,400; For red gold USD 40,000.
For more information, please visit cvstos.com.