With its patented double time display, both analogue and digital, the MECCANICO dG design inaugurates a totally novel concept in mechanical Haute Horlogerie. A single mechanical movement, twin time-zones, two types of display – the MECCANICO dG embodies a major innovation, combining for the first time in the history of horology a digital time display and a mechanical power supply.
The MECCANICO dG can be described as a dense cluster of microsystems featuring extremely elaborate cam and gear assemblies. Its exclusive de GRISOGONO handwound mechanical movement comprises 651 components. It is composed of an analogue display of the hours and minutes on the upper dial and a digitally displayed second timezone on the lower dial.
The mechanically operated digital display of the second timezone shows tens of hours, single hours, tens of minutes and single minutes, all displayed by mobile microsegments driven by an assemblage of 23 cams connected to a set of gears and a triggering and synchronization system.
The time information is displayed by an array of 23 horizontally and vertically positioned microsegments. Vertical segments are 9 mm high and weigh at most 25 milligrams while the horizontal segments measure 2.90 mm in length and weigh only 10 milligrams. The segments have four faces: two opposing visible faces fitted with colored strips and two opposing unmarked faces. Time changes are effected by 90° rotations of the required segment or segments. Involving one to twelve segments, time changes are lightning fast.
The MECCANICO dG’s exclusive Haute Horlogerie technical design is matched by striking contemporary styling. Its intricate mechanical systems are visible through its transparent dial plate. Also featuring colored strips, the analogue time display’s hour markers seem suspended in thin air so as to reveal the underlying mechanism. Like every de GRISOGONO movement, the MECCANICO dG’s own caliber is meticulously finished and its components blackened. The words “de GRISOGONO” and “Swiss Made” are inscribed directly on the movement while the back of the watch features a nameplate bearing the name “MECCANICO dG”.
Despite the power needed to generate the double analogue and digital display and the torque required to effect the instantaneous rotation of the digital display’s microsegments, the MECCANICO’s handwound mechanical movement, exclusive to de GRISOGONO, provides a power reserve of some 35 hours, visible through a cambered sapphire backplate on a 90° sectoral display on the movement’s reverse side.
The MECCANICO dG case does justice to its exceptional movement. Notable for generous dimensions (56 x 48 mm) and camberedlines, water-resistant to 30 meters (~ 100 feet), this pioneering design is available in a choice of styles: titanium, titanium and red gold, titanium and rubber and titanium and platinum. In keeping with the design’s futuristic allure, its correctors and the crown guard are fashioned from vulcanized rubber. Its analogue display is set by the crown opposite 3 o’clock while the second timezone is set by a pair of correctors – for hours at left, for minutes at right.
Also crafted from vulcanized rubber, the strap is fitted with a deployment clasp buckle featuring the de GRISOGONO crest.
The MECCANICO dG is produced in a limited edition of 177 watches.
Reference: DG 042
Caliber Exclusive to de GRISOGONO
Movement thickness: 11.45 mm
Movement dimensions: rectangular: 38.10 x 34.70 mm
Number of components: 651 for the movement, 70 for the case
Jewelling: 77 (movement and display)
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h. (4 Hz)
Power reserve: about 35 hours
Hours, minutes and second timezone
Titanium; 5N red gold; titanium and gold
Titanium and platinum
Titanium and rubber
Water resistance: 30 meters (~ 100 feet) = 30 atm.
Hands: “dauphine” style in 18K red gold
Black natural rubber
Clasp: Double deployment construction in titanium and 5N red gold