The Instantanée LIP by S&A is a 50 year old French movement from the mythical manufacture LIP in the heart of a new Semper & Adhuc watch. An hybrid watch combining past and present, the DNA of LIP and the DNA of Semper & Adhuc, heritage and perspectives. With the Instantanée LIP by S&A, Semper & Adhuc is getting closer and closer to manufacturing the 100% French watch; since the movement, the dial, the hands, the bracelet and the case are designed and made right here in France.
The Instantanée LIP by S&A is equipped with the french round hand wound caliber LIP R100. These 6’’’ mechanical movements where manufactured by LIP from 1958 to 1970. The R100 is the culmination of watchmaking miniaturization. An audacious scaling that does not compromise performance, and for good reason! This jewel of French watchmaking engineering was born after 10 years of development and no less than 100,000 hours of improvement.
THE WATCH CASE:
The watchcase of the “instantanée” is round shaped and made in satin finish stainless steel 316L. It is built in two parts clipsed together : the middle watch case and the caseback. The caseback is engraved and openworked with an eyecup which lets partially oversee the wheelworks under the case. Its small sizing, contained in only 37mm, reminds that of the ancient watches, yet more sober and equally fitting women or men wrists. On the back of the watch, below the eyelet on the caseback that reveals the R100 movement, we find the famous logo of LIPthe eagle with two columns symbolizing Besançon, and adorned with two hands as a tribute to the city’s watchmaking tradition.
THE WATCH CROWN:
Our crown is engraved with the logo of the brand and has a partial notching on 240°. Its orientation, at the right or the left of the watch case depends entirely on the desire of the owner.
This model also marks the return of the double signature dial. Indeed, in the past, LIP had already had the opportunity to sign dials side by side with other prestigious brands. The gray, white and pink dial is inspired by a LIP chronograph launched in the 1970s. This unusual choice was a natural extension of the “LIP spirit”: the brand has always asserted its inimitable way of breaking watchmaking codes, constantly seeking true creative freedom. In addition to the double signature, on the bottom of the dial we find the words “Atelier français” dear to Semper & Adhuc. For this occasion, it has been given an additional “s”, echoing this watchmaking collaboration bridging two generations, and reminding us in passing that, since 2015, LIP has returned to origins by repatriating its workshops to Besançon.
With their “Stick” shape, they bear a refinement and finesse that links us softly to the present time.
For their manufacturing, the Semper & Adhuc workshop has chosen to work in partnership with a leather craftsman from Bordeaux, Mr. Vincent Jacquinot. All the leathers used are of french origin, specifically selected for our watches, so that we could offer a range of high quality, which traceability is controllable.
THE LUXURY CASKET :
The caskets are made of machined cork and decorated with golden heated cardboard. The watch is held in its secure position thanks to a smart japanese clip. You will also find with your time keeper its instruction manual, as well as the certificate of international guarantee. The necessary tool to change your bracelet will also be included.