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.

    The new timepiece has a fluid-based linear timekeeping display…
    The new watch has multiple systems to ensure that its movement receives consistent power…
    Computer-aided design is allowing watchmakers to push the boundaries of innovation...
    The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…
    The two back-to-back auctions will offer hundreds of unique designs…
    The new variation sports a dial crafted from a meteorite...
    Photo by Didier Gourdon
    The new watch has a tourbillon hidden by an automaton…
    The watch’s case is a mere 8.24 mm thick…
    Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
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