The Palatial collection launched at the dawn of the decade is enriched this year by a trilogy of tourbillons available with three coloured crystal dial versions and two gold colors for the case. A collection within the collection, the Palatial Tourbillon comes with a minute repeater, jumping hours and retrograde minutes, or simply with a power-reserve display on the back of the watch. In keeping with his reputation for exuberance, Jacob Arabo infuses these Haute Horlogerie models with a liberal sprinkling of joyful originality, including crystal dials and alligator straps in a choice of blue, grey, red or green. In the case of the minute repeater model, the other advantage of the crystal dial lies in revealing the entire chiming mechanism which is rarely visible on a timepiece. The titanium case, blackened gold bridges, hand-chamfered plates and polished components reflect some of the hand-crafted finishes bestowed on this daring line.
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.