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Baltic Takes on Haute Horology with New Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual

Baltic Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual Only Watch 2023

Two years ago (almost exactly) when it was announced that Baltic would be creating a watch for the previous edition of the Only Watch charity auction it changed everything for the brand. It boosted their visibility no end and they had a huge surge in popularity. Now they’re back and I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that this might be the biggest news to come out of Only Watch this year. Baltic are debuting a brand new line of haute horology watches called the Baltic Experiments range, and their piece unique for Only Watch is the first entrant in that line. It’s called the Premier Quatrième Perpétual – take that in for a second, this is a microbrand making a perpetual calendar.

I honestly don’t know where to start because this watch is awesome. It’s 37mm in steel with a titanium mid-case that stylistically is pretty similar to the MR01 collab they produced with A Collected Man – a sweeping round design with a flat, brushed bezel. The Experiments model is a little different though in that it has a higher degree of finishing with polished edges that contrast with the brushed surfaces.

Baltic Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual Only Watch 2023
Baltic Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual Only Watch 2023

The dial is incredibly sexy. I don’t think I’ve ever called a watch sexy before, but I absolutely adore this. It’s a rich royal purple that looks like it has a grained surface with shiny flecks like aventurine glass. And it really is a perpetual calendar (still wrapping my head around that fact) with peripheral pointer date and a trio of subdials displaying months and leap year at 3 o’clock, moonphase and small seconds at 6 and days of the week at 9.

Baltic Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual Only Watch 2023

Obviously a microbrand like Baltic isn’t capable of making a perpetual calendar without assistance and so for this project they teamed up with the experienced watchmakers at Maclef. They were able to produce the movement using the calibre Vaucher 5401 as a base. It might not be as insane as a Patek Philippe grand complication but let’s be real, it’s still seriously, seriously impressive. The Vaucher 5401 is a time-only movement, meaning all the calendar aspects, which will remain accurate for 122 years, are specially built for this watch.

Baltic Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual Only Watch 2023

To lift the curtain a little bit, at Oracle Time we have a good relationship with Baltic. We talk to them fairly regularly and they’ve worked with us on articles for the magazine in the past and so on, so we knew that something big was on the way. But even then, I did not in my wildest dreams expect them to make a watch like this. And the fact that this is the first watch in a full haute horology line is even more insane. Rest assured that we will try to get a Baltic Experiments in for a hands-on review as soon as possible.

I do wonder what the prices of those standard edition Experiments will be once they arrive. (I wonder if it’s too early to put my name down for a watch that hasn’t even been announced yet?) The only hint we have to go off is that the Premier Quatrième Perpétual has an estimate of CHF 20,000 – 30,000. Expensive for a Baltic but an absolute steal for a perpetual calendar. If you thought Baltic were popular before then you are not ready for what is to come.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Baltic Experiments Premier Quatrième Perpétual
  • Ref: QP01
  • Case/dial: 37mm diameter x 9.8mm thickness (lug to lug: 44mm), stainless steel and titanium case, purple dial with three sub-dials (perpetual calendar, big pointer date, silicium moon-phase)
  • Movement: Modular Perpetual calendar calibre (base: Vaucher 5401) developed 100% in-house in collaboration with Emmanuel Bouchet, 122 years precise moon-phase in silicium material
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 48h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, pointer date, days, month, leap year at 3 o’clock, moonphase, small seconds at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: Stainless steel integrated mesh bracelet with leather strap included
  • Price/availability: Estimated CHF 20,000 – 30,000

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.