The new year ushered in an exciting opportunity for RGM Watch Co. to unveil to the international community our new Pennsylvania Series of watches. RGM debuted its “American Made” watches at the Geneva Time Exhibition, at the International Geneva Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday 16th to Friday 21st of January, 2011.
The Geneva Time Exhibition ( GTE ) is dedicated to independent watchmaking, and offers craftsmen the chance to exhibit their designs in a prestigious setting, enhanced by an extensive international communication campaign. The GTE offers the opportunity for watch industry professionals and enthusiasts from around the world to discover the exceptional creativity of independent watchmakers in a in a fresh, enthusiastic, innovative atmosphere, reflecting the personality of its exhibitors.
RGM continues to uphold the finest traditions of American horology by introducing the new Pennsylvania Tourbillon, our new flagship mechanical movement. The Pennsylvania Tourbillon is the first serially produced American Tourbillon watch ever made. Following on the heels of America's first high grade mechanical movement in four decades, the RGM Caliber 801 and Pennsylvania Tourbillon represent significant advances in domestic watchmaking. These watches are not only made in the U.S.A., but are created and built in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; one of the few remaining traditional watchmaking centers of American watchmaking since the 1800's. Never before has an American watchmaker introduced a series of Tourbillon wristwatches based upon a proprietary caliber. To do so, and to create them domestically, is an historic accomplishment. The last time high-grade mechanical watch movements were produced in the United States was 1969-- the year that Hamilton Watch Co. ended its period of more than 70 years of continuous manufacturing at its facility (just down the road from RGM’s current headquarters.).
When also designing the caliber 801, we wanted to create a watch that was reminiscent of American watches from the past; not only in its shapes, but in the quality of its construction. We want a watch that can stand the test of time and serve as a framework we can build upon when designing other functions. The caliber 801 has very traditional hand finishing such as Perlage, Anglage, and Cote de Geneve waves on the bridges.
Another exciting feature of our Pennsylvania Series " American Made" watches is our new "Keystone Case" - 43.0 mm of Polished hand made Stainless Steel - Rich coin edge, and powerful lugs.
In addition to the new Pennsylvania Tourbillon, RGM is already at work on variations of the new Caliber 801, such as the 24 Hour version (displayed at the GTE), We are also eager to soon share with the public another landmark creation at RGM, our Ladies watches. Thank you for your support of America's Premier Watchmaker.