Piaget : Aesthetic equilibrium

Gouverneur Chronograph 

Case : pink gold or white gold, diamond-set bezel, sapphire exhibition back Diameter : 43mm Movement : ultra-thin mechanical self-winding flyback chronograph (Calibre 882P with 50h power reserve), twin barrel, circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained mainplate, chamfered bridges, Piaget crest engraved on the oscillating weight, blued screws on the bridge side Functions : hours, minutes, date, second time zone, 30-minute counter Dial : sunburst silver-toned guilloché base enhanced by gold decorative fillets and 18K pink gold hour-markers Strap : brown alligator leather with 18K pink gold triple folding clasp

Like certain pictorial works of modern sculpture, the chemistry of shapes, the subtle balance of the lines that shape the outline of a watch, sometimes seem so self-evident that it is hard to imagine the complexity of the work achieve upstream. That is doubtless what best characterises the Gouverneur line: a number of superimposed shapes made possibled by a highly sophisticated case construction. As one expects from such exceptional creations, several nested elements feature a variety of finishes : the case and its sides are satin-brushed, while the fitted bezel and the back are polished, as are the chronograph pushers – oval-shaped to reflect the spirit of the watch and the polished angles of the case. A round case, an oval dial opening, and another circle in the dial centre: the variety of shapes distinguish this line (of which the calendar and tourbillon watches have already been featured in GMT) and help create a formal architecture featuring a wealth of subtle details and symbols. The Gouverneur Chronograph houses the new ultra-thin 882P self-winding movement and is distinguished by its double-counter configuration echoing that of vintage chronographs, including a right-hand subdial providing a 24-hour dual time-zone display.

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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