De Grisogono : L’OtturatOre regenerated


Case : 18-carat rose or white gold, sapphire crystal and case-back Size : 50.16×44.85mm Movement : mechanical self-winding (Calibre DR19-89, 42h power reserve), 475 parts Functions : hours, minutes, and a choice of seconds, date, power reserve or moon phases Dial : three parts, rotating, adorned with Clous de Paris hobnail motif Water resistance : 50m Strap : black alligator leather with gold folding clasp

While GMT readers who first discovered it in 2008 will be quick to note that the daring concept imagined by Fawaz Gruosi based on the selective display of seconds, date, moon phases or the power reserve is indeed that of the original, they will also be fascinated to learn that everything beneath the dial has changed. At the request of the brand founder, the new CEO Gérald Roden has set up a new 20-strong team of watchmakers who have fundamentally modified and enhanced the reliability of the system enabling sequential reading of the mobile three-part dial. The latter makes an instant 90° rotation at a press on the upper push-button (the lower push-button arms the impulse trigger), thereby subjecting the mechanism to a 9G acceleration followed by a sudden halt. In addition to countless digital simulations, no less than 80 different springs have been tested in order to achieve the final configuration of the display module, which alone comprises 334 parts. This wealth of innovation and perseverance has given rise to exemplary readability and an exceptional personality protected by three patents.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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