FrontRunners: Palace Coup

    Jean Dunand’s latest GMT tourbillon chronograph, the expansive $460,000 Jean Dunand Palace (www.jeandunand.com), is a mechanical tour de force with a design that abounds with references to Paris during the industrial age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The case design, for example, evokes the footing of the Eiffel Tower. The look of the watch’s exposed mechanics is inspired by the machinery that was displayed during Paris’ Exposition Universelle of 1889, for which the then recently completed tower served as the entrance arch.

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    Photo by Didier Gourdon
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