The round double-face case: a grand reversible construction
The term grand complication is used for movements that feature several highly elaborate complications. In analogy, the expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration. More than any other watch, this applies to the case of the Grandmaster Chime. It took four years to develop.
Now the same scenery shown in a short video I taped yesterday in Geneva at Patek Philippe HQ. The case of the watch shown to me by a watchmaker was not yet decorated… In fact it is one of the first working samples of the new Grandmaster Chime…
The result: the Grandmaster Chime is a round double-face watch that can be worn either way without compromise because it has two absolutely coequal dials. The secret lies in the lugs and the ingenious reversing mechanism, which is not only remarkably easy to operate but also firmly and dependably secures the case in the selected orientation. In the Grandmaster Chime, the hand of a master engraver who invests several hundred hours of work to decorate it ennobles the skills of the case makers. He adorns the rose-gold case with relief engravings of a special anniversary laurel foliage motif and with a sharp burin chisels the inscriptions and symbols that explain the functions of the operating elements into the case band, so that the complex timepiece can easily be operated without an instruction booklet. The laurel wreath is a symbol of triumph that since time immemorial has adorned the heads of victors and regents.
At Patek Philippe, it is reserved for the seven Grandmaster Chime timepieces that commemorate the manufacture’s 175th anniversary.
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