This special edition watch celebrates ANDERSEN Genève’s 40 years of independent timepiece creation.
In 1980 Svend Andersen received an order from a prominent Swiss watch Collector to make a new gold case for a highly complicated pocket watch movement, Louis Audemars from around 1900. Svend had only just left his role at the “Atelier des Grandes Complications” at Patek Philippe to start his own atelier in Geneva alongside the Rhône river. He then started aesthetical studies and together with a Geneva case maker, they created a new case. Since then, collectors from all around the world have been impressed by his talent to make “Unique Piece” and exclusive collections thereafter.
Back in 1995 a distinguished Spanish collector asked ANDERSEN Genève for a “Pièce Unique”. He commissioned a Minute Repeater with a Jumping Hours mechanism displaying 24 Hours and Minutes on the dial. Following the manufacturing of this timepiece ANDERSEN Genève made a first series of “Grand Jour & Nuit” with a Jumping 24 Hours hand complication for Cartier.
Indeed, members of the board at Cartier discovered this first “Grand Jour & Nuit” and, in 1998 they decided to commission ANDERSEN Genève to make 125 timepieces “Cartier Pasha” with this exclusive complication. Since then, an other “Grand Jour & Nuit” Edition was launched, different Jumping Hours “Pièce Unique” have been created and two years ago, ANDERSEN Genève had the privilege to be commissioned by CONVOPIECE to manufacture a new “Pièce Unique”.
Adrian from CONVOPIECE designed a timepiece with a Jumping Hours mechanism for one of his collectors and ANDERSEN Genève manufactured it. In 2020, ANDERSEN Genève created a new Jumping Hours timepiece to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
The Jumping Hours watch is the third creation among the 4 special edition timepieces announced by ANDERSEN Genève to mark its 40th Anniversary in 2020. The first timepiece in the 40th anniversary collection is the Tempus Terrae with 36 baguette diamonds. The second creation is ANDERSEN Genève & Konstantin CHAYKIN – Automaton JOKER in white gold.
As always at ANDERSEN Genève, this new Jumping Hours timepiece has been manufactured with the help of outstanding craftsmen; craftsmen that master their respective fields. The hand guilloché 21ct Blue Gold “Magical Losanges” dial is extremely difficult to manufacture; it requires the Artisan to work with three different machines to achieve this level of details. It gives a unique outlook at the dial, shining differently depending on which angle the light hits it.
The back of the watch displays a 21ct Blue-Gold ring with the text “40 years of independent timepiece creation” hand engraved and a 18ct yellow gold hand guilloché “grain d’orge” rotor; ANDERSEN Genève “A logo”is engraved in the middle.The watchmakers designed and manufactured the Jumping Hours mechanism and they added their “artistic” touch with fine “anglage” of some parts of the movement and mirror polished screws.
This very classic and elegant timepiece in 5N red gold will shine over the next decades. The hours are displayed in the window at 12 o’clock and it has only one hand that points the minutes in the counter at 6 o’clock.“1980” and “2020” are displayed on the 21ct BlueGold dial to underline this iconic milestone, ANDERSEN Genève’s 40th anniversary.
Further, this timepiece has been selected for the finals of this year’s edition of GPHG, the most prestigious prize in the watch-making industry. For the third year in a row (2018, 2019 and 2020), one of ANDERSEN Genève Timepiece creation is in the last round of the GPHG. The ANDERSEN Genève “Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary” is competing in the “Artistic Crafts” Category of GPHG 2020. The final winners will be announced in Geneva on 12th November 2020.