“For the Tuscar we wanted a time-only watch with a high focus on excellent timekeeping; a substantial power reserve; solid reliability; and superb finishing and decoration.” explains John McGonigle. “The design had to have a clean coherent style and we wanted the principle mechanical elements visible on the dial side. To achieve all of that we had to develop our own movement from the ground up.”
With the “Tuscar” featuring their new in-house calibre movement, the McGonigle brothers, John and Stephen, have retained the qualities that were so successful in their tourbillon, including its distinctive design elements and transcendental levels of fine finishing, and distilled them to their pure essence.
The Tuscar is now available in a red gold case in a limited edition of 20 pieces. This follows the success of the quickly sold-out “One in Ten” launch series. The new Tuscar features a rich red gold case with a transparent sapphire dial revealing all of the subtleties of the stunningly finished movement beneath.
Origin of the name “Tuscar”
“Tuscar” is the name of a group of rocks with a lighthouse that is often the first part of Ireland seen by those approaching by sea from the east. The solidity the name evokes is a powerful analogy for the McGonigles’ new model.
“To ensure the success of our new calibre, we teamed up with the legendary Alberto Papi, one of Switzerland’s finest designer constructors, to help refine our movement design and specifications.” explains Stephen McGonigle.
After many years working on complicated timepieces with some of the most prestigious brands in Switzerland, John and Stephen McGonigle launched their brand, “McGonigle Watches” in 2007 at Baselworld, as candidate members of the AHCI. Their first model, a tourbillon, was critically acclaimed for the purity of its design and function as well as for it’s high standard of workmanship and finish. The McGonigles launched the Tuscar in 2010.
A Limited Edition of 20 pieces.
Movement – Calibre McG01 manual-wind mechanical movement. Double mainspring barrels connected in parallel. Power reserve – 90 hours. Balance – Free sprung balance spring with Breguet overcoil. Balance frequency – 18,000 bph/2.5hz. Balance diameter – 12.8 mm (large diameter for timekeeping stability). Gold escape wheel (to function without oil). Number of jewels – 31.
Case – 18k 5N red gold case and crown. Case diameter – 42.5 mm.
Dial & Hands – Clear sapphire dial. Hand-polished steel hands with bevelled and grained rose gold arrowheads.
Crystals – Anti-reflective treatment on both top crystal and display back.
Water resistance – 30 metres/ 3ATM.
Strap & Buckle – Hand engraved 18k red gold folding buckle. Black hand-stitched alligator.