Functions Add Value and Action

July 1999


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:

  • Alarms.
  • 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.

Facial Activity
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.

Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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