The Palace By Jean DunandBy Jeffrey Hyatt
At the heart of the Jean Dunand Palace is a flying tourbillon; on either side, two oval-shaped tracks are reminiscent of the legendary Milwaukee Mile racing circuit. The left track indicating GMT makes two passes: when the disc reaches the end, it flies back to the top and the arrow rotates 180 degrees to chart the other scale. On the right, a 72 hour power reserve indicator mirrors the GMT.
Recalling Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, Modern Times, visible bridges and wheels are visual clues to the Industrial Revolution. A winding mechanism communicates its power to the barrel via a tiny chain with minuscule tensioner, designed to evoke the chain of vintage motorcycles. Providing structure to the movement are rigid plates suggesting the reinforcement of a cast-iron structure supported by ten tiny pillars. The movement is larger than most complete watches, so the case is a generous 48mm by 49mm providing ample spaciousness. [via hodinkee]