Functions Add Value and Action
While chronographs retain top billing for multifunction watches, expect
more fun and functional gadgets
Expect wider use this year of new and reengineered timepiece applications
that add excitement and functionality to a stylish watch.
Several brands have borrowed from pocket watch functions, others from
clocks, to miniaturize repeater or other complex movement techniques that
add to the value of a wrist watch. Generally, look for wider use of:
- Diver watches.
- One- or two-function complications.
- Limited editions featuring rebuilt movements from a bygone era.
- Clearer dial indicators for power reserves.
- "Big date" indicators at the top of the face.
- Activity on the dial (see below).
- More eight-day power reserves in mechanicals.
- Dual-time indicators.
- ETA Autoquartz battery-free quartz movements. Look for this on new
Cyma, Wenger and Fortis models, among others.
Girard-Perregaux has introduced three new movements, including a newly engineered
column-wheel chronograph and an automatic version of its famous tourbillon
with the Three Golden Bridge watch. But the company's new "jumping
seconds" model is attracting the most attention. It features a seconds
hand that rotates once per second with quick stops every eighth of a second.
Also jumping is the seconds hand on Gerald Genta's new Retro model. After
60 seconds, the linear-designed hand (moves from left to right) jumps to
zero to begin counting another minute.
by Michael Thompson
Montblanc's Reveil Automatic alarm watch (left), using a Girard-Perregaux
movement, will wake you in style with steel.
Montblanc, Chatham, NJ; (908) 479-1600.
Girard-Perregaux's Foudroyante features a jumping seconds hand (see subdial
on left) that makes one revolution every second, stopping at each eighth
of a second. Suggested retail, $22,500 in titanium on a leather strap up
to $67,500 in all platinum.
Girard-Perregaux, Rutherford, NJ; (201) 507-4400.
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