September 30, 2018

Décantheure

The watch

Décantheure is an automatic watch for people who enjoy wine.

The timepiece keeps track on time and can be used to optimize your enjoyment of wine. Either if you decant wine or just want to follow a bottle of wine as it evolves over the course of an evening.

The name Décantheure is a rather playful combination of ‘decanteur’ (decanter in French) with ‘heure’ which means ‘time’ or ‘hour’.

Automatic Movement

Décantheure is an automatic watch and thus completely self-winding. No batteries needed. Just wear the watch regularly and it will wind itself up. It can also be wound by hand using the crown placed at 4H.

The watch is made from 316L stainless steel, offering high strength, durability and long-lasting visual appearance.

The mechanical movement – made by the Seiko in Japan – can be watched in action through the see-through back. Seiko movements are robust and sturdy and can, whenever needed, be serviced by watch makers everywhere.

See-through-back

The see-through-back is made of Champagne bottle green mineral glass.

Sapphire-glass Front

The front glass is made of sapphire crystal, the toughest and most scratch resistant watch glass available.

Design style

Décantheure is classic, compact (the case has a diameter of is 40mm and a height of 11.5mm) and discreetly hides under any cuff.  It also works very well in an informal setting.

From a distance, the artwork or Décantheure looks almost ornamental so only the ones in the know will be able to distinguish this unique wine-timer from any world-timer.

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The Strap

We deliver Décantheure with a quality handmade strap (made in Germany): It is made in calf leather which has been tanned in Germany. As a default Décantheure has a strap in “nature” color.

Why decant wine?

Decanting is widely used to remove sediments from older wines.

Decanting, however, can also influence the tasting experience.

Many wine drinkers will argue that a younger Barolo based on the Nebbiolo grape benefits from decanting whereas an old fine wine from Bordeaux probably does not.

During the decanting of wine, smelly chemical components such as thiols will oxidize and be transformed to other less smelly molecules. That improved the taste. Whether tannins are actually softened or not during decanting is still up for debate.

The Décantheure principle

Single-varietal wines can meaningfully be grouped according to their recommended decanting time. Some (white) wines and very old wines should not be decanted at all.

We have defined the following groups: Varieties that should not be decanted, and varieties that should be decanted 0,5 hours, 1 hour, 1.5 hours, 2 hours and 3 hours (or more). The groups have been organized on the rotating bezel as follows:

The suggested decanting times on Décantheure is based on an equal amount of science, experience and a love of wine. As Carveth Read said: “It is better to be vaguely right than exactly wrong!”

With more than 1,000 different grape varieties in commercial production today and with limited space on the inner rotating bezel, regrettably we had to leave out many interesting varieties.

Some will surely miss Barbera, Furmint, Gewürztraminer, Montepulciano and Semillon (and others). On the other hand, we did make space for Aglianico which was a grape enjoyed by the Phoenicians more than 3,000 year ago, and fans of Fiano will find it on the bezel (even though it does not require any decanting).

Use Decántheure when decanting wine

This feature is particularly useful when decanting a wine that requires more than 1 hour of decanting. The first step is to open a bottle of wine and pour it into a decanter. After that the process is as follows:

The whole process may look a bit complicated, but in real life it is done in a few seconds: The wine to be drunk is a Pinotage. The Pinotage is decanted at 8:23pm and ready to drink at 9:23pm when the hour hand has reached the end of the white arc:

Use Décantheure when drinking wine

Pour a glass of wine and experience how the wine “opens up” as times passes. With Décantheure it is easy to keep exact track of time.

Just rotate the internal bezel using the crown at the 2H position to fix the starting point and the time passed can be read in 5 minutes intervals.

This function is similar to how a diver’s watch is often used.

Design Style and Inspiration

We have based the internal rotating bezel mechanism on a well-known dual crown design which has been around since the Swiss company Ervin Piquerez S.A. introduced its so-called “super compressor” in the 1960ies for diver’s watches. 
 
Similar mechanisms were later used by a lot of well-known watch factories. Décantheure is not a “super compressor” design at all (and it is water tight to 5ATM so it’s not a diver’s watch). However, we do use the same dual crown with an internal bezel design.
 
We are also been inspired by the Pilot Watches where a lot of information has to be presented in a logical way. In particular, we have been inspired by the font styles used and the black dial with the white print.

We stand on the shoulders of design giants but we have tried to push innovation a bit further by introducing the dual purpose rotating inner bezel, the Champagne bottle green glass back and the general idea of using a watch specifically for the decanting of wine. We hope that you appreciate our efforts.