"A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world.

What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?"

—Oscar Wilde

Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit
Zoom Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit

Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès - Deposit

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Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès is a limited-edition wristwatch with a hypnotic, green dial; a sleek 38.5mm case in stainless steel; and a proprietary movement designed by Massena LAB and independent watchmaker Raúl Pagès. 

The caliber M690, which powers the Absinthe limited edition, is an iteration of the M660, Massena LAB’s first proprietary movement. The M690, like its predecessor, is a manual-winding, Swiss-made movement with hand-finishing and a power reserve of 60 hours but moves its small seconds subdial from six o’clock to nine. 

Visible through a transparent, sapphire caseback, the M690 features a broad plate with Côtes de Genève finishing with hand-chamfered plates and bridges. Raúl Pagès’ signature, the poinçon Pagès, is tucked subtly under the caliber’s balance wheel and takes the form of a tortoise. The finishing touch: overlapping decorative circles of perlage finishing surrounding this poinçon.

The M690 was designed by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès. While Pagès oversees and supervises the production of the M690, which is achieved by a small network of Swiss watchmakers, he does not handle the production or the decoration of the movement himself as he would for one of his own creations. 

The emerald dial finds inspiration in nature–from the green hills of Scotland and Ireland to Lake Carezza in Italy–and from the art and literature of 19th–century Paris, the Golden Age of the famous green drink depicted in the art of Edgar Degas and the writings of Ernest Hemingway. While it found notoriety in Belle Époque France, absinthe is actually a Swiss invention, much like the watch that borrows its name. 

Collectors who purchase Absinthe will have the opportunity to send their watch to the Horological Society of New York for testing as part of the organization’s HSNY Chronometer Certification™ Program. At completion of HSNY’s rigorous testing protocol, owners will receive a physical certificate listing individual results for their timepiece. 

Absinthe is available for purchase for US $8,675 and secured by a deposit of $2000. Clients interested in sending their watch for chronometer certification at the Horological Society of New York may elect to do so for an additional cost of $300. 

Absinthe will be delivered in small batches, of five to seven pieces per month starting in July 2024. Delivery is to be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

CHRONOMETER CERTIFICATION from horological society of new york


Collectors who purchase Absinthe will have the opportunity to send their watch to the Horological Society of New York for testing as part of the organization’s HSNY Certified Chronometer™ Program. At completion of HSNY’s rigorous testing protocol, which exceeds the international standards outlined in ISO 3159, owners will receive a physical certificate listing individual results for their timepiece. Testing is conducted in a range of temperatures and positions to mimic the conditions and environments that a watch may experience in its lifetime. For more information about HSNY and the Chronometer Certification Program, please visit the organization's website. The Chronometer Certification Program takes approximately four weeks, resulting in increased wait time. Clients selecting Chronometer Certification should expect additional wait time.

RAÚL PAGÈS


Raúl Pagès is an independent Swiss watchmaker based in Les Brenets, Switzerland and a member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI).

Before working on the Magraph, Pagès is best-known for his "Tortue" automaton, a pièce unique made from over 352 handmade components; "Soberly Onyx", a limited-series of ten timepieces released in 2016; and, most recently, his "Régulateur à détente RP1."

“For me, the idea of doing a collaboration, my first ever, was an exciting and rewarding challenge. I am proud to have worked with Massena LAB on the design of the new caliber M660 and the Magraph, and I am excited to finally share it with the public.”

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Technical Details Absinthe by Massena LAB and Raúl Pagès
Movement Manual-winding, Massena LAB proprietary caliber M690. Designed by Massena LAB in collaboration with Raúl Pagès.
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds.
Dial Ombré green dial with rhodium-plated indices. Small seconds at 9 o'clock.
Case 316L stainless steel, inspired by dresswatches from the 1940s and 50s.
Crystal Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on each side. Exhibition case back also with sapphire crystal.
Bracelet Midnight blue Saffiano leather made in Italy. Stainless steel buckle.
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