de GRISOGONO, the prestigious Swiss luxury watch and jewellery manufacture, unveils a latest version of its exceptional complication watch, Meccanico DG.
Launched in 2008, the Meccanico DG, for the first time in the world, featured a digital display is driven exclusively by a mechanical system. With this exceptional mechanical wristwatch, Fawaz Gruosi, the founder of de GRISOGONO, explored an area where no watchmaker had ever been in watchmaking history: a digital display working thanks to a mechanical power.
It took 3 years of research and development to create this masterpiece, for which de GRISOGONO developed a digital-style display that works completely on wind-up power. Comprised of 651 components, this complicated movement has been patented by de GRISOGONO. The mechanically operated digital display of the second time-zone shows 4-digit decimal time, all displayed by mobile micro-segments driven by an assemblage of 23 cams connected to a set of gears and a triggering and synchronization system.
The Meccanico DG was awarded the Public Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2009. This mechanical marvel was produced in a limited and numbered edition of 177 pieces in total.
The 2014 novelty, Meccanico Reloaded will be produced in 3 limited editions of 10 pieces each. Technically, this new timepiece follows the same footsteps of its ancestor: A single hand wound mechanical movement, 2 time zones and 2 types of display: patented display featuring analogue and a world premiere digital display is driven by an exclusively mechanical system.
Currently available in three clourful versions, the Meccanico Reloaded timepiece is more vibrant when it comes to aesthetics and style. It is dressed in a luminescent carbon case on a titanium core, and inside it beats the hand-winding mechanical movement which powers the dual time and mechanical digital second time zone.
The ref. Meccanico reloaded N01 model has white indexes and digits featured on its open worked dial while two white SLN dauphine hands looks after hour and minute indication. This model is fitted with a black rubber strap featuring a matt titanium folding clasp. The ref. Meccanico reloaded N0 2 has green indexes and digits, green SLN dauphine hands, green rubber strap with matt titanium folding clasp. The ref. Meccanico reloaded N0 3 features yellow indexes and digits, yellow SLN dauphine hands, yellow rubber strap with matt titanium folding clasp.
Other features of the timepiece include, front & case back anti-reflection sapphire glass, power reserve indicator and rubber crown. Each Meccanico reloaded timepiece is tested for a water resistance up to 3 ATM.