Baselworld 2011 Monday, March 7th 2011
Building on its global success, the Meccanico dG, a technical masterpiece created by Fawaz Gruosi, is to be issued in an exclusive edition offering a delightful play on contrasts between the white hour-markers and microsegments and the matt black alligator leather strap.
Meccanico dG in matt black titanium case © de Grisogono
The Meccanico dG from de Grisogono, with its double analogue and digital mechanical display, is firmly establishing itself as an exceptional example of contemporary fine watchmaking. A prizewinner at the 2009 Geneva International Grand Prix, this model houses an extremely sophisticated movement. The inexorably accurate choreography of its gear trains, cams and microsegments creates extraordinary emotion and a poetic sense of fascination. It is now introduced in an exclusive new version enhanced by a matt black titanium case featuring imposing yet elegant lines.
Beating at the heart of the watch is a hand-wound movement composed of 651 parts assembled inhouse 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 microsegments driven by a set of 23 cams combined with gears plus a triggering/synchronisation 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.
The matt black alligator leather strap sets the perfect finishing touch to an understated and 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 heralding a collection to be unveiled in its entirety at Baselworld 2011...■
Caliber number: DF 22-93
Power reserve: 36 hours
Mechanism: Hand-wound mechanical movement, central hours and minutes, white mechanical digital dual time-zone display at 6 o’clock
Caliber dimensions: Thickness: 11.05mm Length: 38.10mm Width: 34.70mm
Jewelling: 111 rubies
Movement finishing: Matt
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Case: Matt black titanium, sapphire back, rubber crown guard, opening: 36.20 x 29.00mm
Case dimensions: Length: 55mm Width: 51.40mm Thickness: 18.85mm Interhorn width: 30mm
Dial: Matt black brass, white hour-markers
Strap: Matt black alligator leather
Clasp: Titanium, matt blackened triple-blade folding clasp ■