This Daniel Roth 18K Yellow Gold Monopusher Chronograph is rated 9.8 out of 10. Watch Only. The importance of Daniel Roth in today’s success of independent watchmaking cannot be underscored enough. By creating his eponymous brand in 1987 after having worked at Audemars Piguet and creating what is contemporary Breguet, he was one the earliest master watchmakers who decided to go independent and put his vision and talent in a watch with his name on the dial.
He created an unmistakable signature design with the ellipsocurvex case shape, hands with pointed tips and dials with a horizontal or Clous de Paris guilloché patterns. Launched in the early 1990s, Daniel Roth produced a small number of Monopusher Chronographs, limited to only 36 pieces in yellow gold and 16 in platinum. Roth retrieved a small number of Lemania 2220 movements from the ‘30s, which were traditionally used in pocket watches, and refinished them to the high standard which has come to be expected from the watchmaker. Indeed, the relatively large and expansive movement displays sharp Côte de Genève, subtly bevelled edges, and masterfully polished components. Roth was perhaps one of the first independent watchmakers to integrate high-quality vintage ébauches into his creations.