A Collector’s View: Old School by Massena Lab and Luca Soprana – Reprise

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Before we leave this movement, I think it is useful to shed a little light on its origins. If, like me, you’ve read the various articles written around the time of the Old School’s release last fall, you’ll know where the Caliber LS-01 came from, including the suggestion that it was completely assembled out of pocket. You’ve probably seen a variety of claims and speculations, including: Look at Ebauche.

When I corresponded with Soprana, he characterized old school as “real school watches, meaning ebauche-based watches from which watchmakers make many of the parts.” In this case, this includes pivots, balances, chatons, etc. He estimates that the finished watch will contain 50 percent of his 1920s watch parts that were integrated, adjusted and finely finished, with 50 percent of his parts developed and manufactured in his atelier in Vaumarkas. His 50 percent included.

For your hands and wrists

If you’re into watch photography, you’ll know that there are some watches that look best in the diffuse but directional light of a light tent, and others that shine in direct light, both indoors and outdoors. You’ll know right away that there’s a watch out there that will.

I was very happy with how old school looked in the studio environment, but a short walk around the backyard gave me a different and very happy perspective.

Watches are made to be worn: In an old school garden

This is a watch that comes to life on your wrist. As seen in the photo above, taken in dappled sunlight under a canopy of trees reflecting off the crystal, the gold frosting shimmers, the rhodium parts sparkle, and the hands pop.

Direct light also shows the midnight blue enamel filling the indexes more clearly, giving the dial a little more life and creating a more direct connection between the dial and hands than is easily visible in low light.

View of the caseband in direct light, Massena x Soprana Old School

Direct light beautifully plays off the deep vertical brushing of the case band, a nice bonus for anyone who happens to see this watch sneaking out from under the cuff.

I went back indoors, turned the clock over under the bright office lights, and was so impressed by its vibrant appearance that I improvised and snapped a photo with my phone’s camera. It’s probably not the most technically satisfying image, but I hope you get a feel for how the movement is finished. Catch the light and throw it.

View of the movement, caliber LS-01 under bright indoor lighting

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