de Grisogono - Timely Tale

Complex movement, sleek design and legendary precision - all in one. This bold piece by de Grisogono tells time as well as makes a statement! A leap in time?

By: Karishma Parkash

Posted on: March 10, 2011

de Grisogono Meccanico watchTen years in the watchmaking business, de Grisogono revisits its iconic models and enhances them with new radiance. Never failing to wow, de Grisogono presents a design stemming from the purest watchmaking tradition and projects it into the future. With a total of 651 components, the Meccanico dG’s mechanical movement is one of the most complex ever made! Designed to display the time in two time zones, this masterpiece ranks as the world’s first watch with a mechanical digital display as well as an analogue face. With a patent in hand, de Grisogono places a startlingly complex mechanism in a very contemporary design.

Bold and definitely worth a second look, the Meccanico dG springs from a totally innovative concept in the world of traditional horology. A single mechanical movement, two time zones, two types of display: Meccanico dG breaks truly new ground. For the first time in watchmaking history, a digital display and mechanical power come together successfully.

Shape of the heart
Coming down to intricacies, prepare to be astounded with the statement that the watch makes. Beating at the heart of the watch is a hand-wound movement composed of 651 parts assembled in-house according to the finest traditions of haute horlogerie. The analogue display of the hours and minutes in the upper part of the dial features white hour-markers and hands, while the mechanical digital display in the lower part corresponds to a 2nd time zone. The latter shows the tens of hours, single hours, tens of minutes and single minutes through the action of white mobile micro segments driven by a set of 23 cams combined with gears plus a triggering/synchronization device. The transition between one indication and the next involves the instantaneous 90° rotation of between 1 and 12 different segments. In one year, the function is activated 518,400 times and sets a massive 285 million parts into motion.

de Grisogono Meccanico watchThe matt black alligator leather strap sets the perfect finishing touch to an understated yet impulsive design. This outstanding model, which is bound to appeal to elegant men looking for chic and refined luxury, provides an exclusive horological foretaste of a special edition collection.

A truly limited edition
For the true watch collectors, pick this one as soon as you lay eyes on it, because the Meccanico dG is being fashioned in a limited stock of 177 watches. Some may commend the trim contemporary design as touted by the fine watchmakers, while some may not. Open up your eyes. A visual treat for many, its intricate mechanical construction, not least the cam and gear systems, can be observed through the watch’s transparent dial. Also fitted with coloured inserts, the hour markers for the analogue display seem suspended in mid-air to allow a glimpse of their mechanical driving system – breathtaking!

Just like all de Grisogono movements, the Meccanico dG calibre features an immaculate black finish. “de Grisogono” and “Swiss Made” are inscribed on the movement itself while the back of the watch features a small plate inscribed with “Meccanico dG”. Despite the power required for the dual mechanical and digital display and the torque essential for the instantaneous rotation of the micro-segments, the proprietary de Grisogono hand-wound calibre fitted in the Meccanico dG has a power reserve of some 35 hours. The latter is displayed by a hand in a 90° sector on the back of the movement and is visible through a shaped crystal caseback giving a glimpse of the brand’s famous emblematic scrolls. No excuse for being late here!

de Grisogono Meccanico watchStand up, for the Champion
Already being applauded for a variety of things, we think this watch will be a success. If its technology and features weren’t enough, there’s more. Commendably so, the Meccanico dG won the ’Prix du Public’ at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie 2009 in Geneva. This timepiece was unanimously chosen from 62 pre-selected watches and 300 participating models. Awarded as the most complicated watch by de Grisogono, watch out for it as it will be previewed at the very renowned upcoming event - BaselWorld 2011.

BaselWorld Watch and Jewellery Show 2011 will, as usual, feature a variety of breathtaking timepieces, but some promise to stand out. If a subtle mix of technology and style is your thing, watch out for the worldwide preview of the limited-edition series of the Meccanico dG.

An exceptional example of contemporary fine watchmaking, the Meccanico dG from de Grisogono, with its double analogue and digital mechanical display, is one to look out for this year.

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