Launched in Japan, the new ANDERSEN Genève 2023 Jumping Hours Rising Sun Edition combines the nobility of two precious metals (gold and platinum) with the emblematic jumping hour display. Dedicated to the Land of Rising Sun, this special model is limited to just 50 pieces.
This Swiss independent Maison has been intimately associated with Japan’s eagle-eyed collectors and connoisseurs since the 1980s. Many important ANDERSEN Genève watches have since been made for Japanese collectors.
These include several stunning unique pieces, and the famous Voyage world-timer, a 50-piece limited edition made in 2005 in collaboration with Mr Yoshi Isogai of the celebrated luxury watch retailer Shellman.
Now, ANDERSEN Genève has once more created a 50-piece limited edition designed to delight its Japanese clientele. The Jumping Hours – Rising Sun Edition was launched on June 13 in Tokyo at the Swiss Ambassador’s residence, to an audience of many of the country’s most esteemed watch collectors and aficionados.
Jumping Hours: An ANDERSEN Genève Signature
The new watch is ANDERSEN Genève’s latest interpretation of the Jumping Hours complication, in which the hour is displayed through a window in the dial, while minutes are indicated by a hand.
In 1995 Svend Andersen was first commissioned to create a watch with such a display, combining it with a minute repeater. It subsequently became requested in a number of “pièce unique” commissions, and famously gave rise to one of the most recognisable ANDERSEN Genève inventions, the “Jour & Nuit”.
This ingenious design, which used the Jumping Hours module to carry a double-ended ‘jumping’ 24-hour hand, led to a series of watches made for Cartier in 1998 (Pasha Collection), as well as well-known editions for ANDERSEN Genève.
In recent years, ANDERSEN Genève has taken the Jumping Hours complication to new levels of artistry and beauty, as a platform for watches that emphasise traditional craft above all else. Its Jumping Hours watches were nominated for Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) awards, in the Artistic Crafts category, in both 2020 and 2021.
ANDERSEN Genève Jumping Hours Rising Sun Edition
This exceptionally refined interpretation of the classic Jumping Hours complication pairs a hand-finished platinum case with a dial of 18ct pink gold.
The hour is indicated through a window at 12 o’clock. For displaying the minutes, the watch features a sub-dial at 6 o’clock with a white gold hand and railway-style chapter ring printed in dark blue. The ANDERSEN Genève logo above the hour window boasts the same dark blue colour.
The rest of the dial highlights traditional guilloché engraving, etched directly into the pink gold surface. The main dial has a mesmerising “losanges magiques” pattern, while a “clous” pattern occupies the minutes sub dial.
While guilloché engraving brings incredible iridescence to the dial surface as the light catches it from different angles, its pink gold tone strikes a contrast with the platinum 950 case. The case flanks are satin brushed, while the bezel is mirror polished. The curving lugs are made separately in traditional style, and painstakingly welded to the case.
The watch houses the Swiss made Frédéric Piguet 11.50 Calibre, an ultra-slim automatic movement that perfectly incorporates the jumping hours mechanism developed and assembled in-house by ANDERSEN Genève. Thanks to the two-barrel architecture, it ensures a long power reserve of up to 72 hours.
The sapphire glass case-back reveals the flawless hand-finishing of the movement, including meticulous chamfering around the individual parts, Côtes de Genève decoration and mirror-polishing of the screw-heads, all performed in-house by ANDERSEN Genève artisans.
The rotor in 18ct pink gold is regally decorated with hand guilloche “grains d’orge”. The small plate on the bridge with the “A” ANDERSEN Logo is secured with a tiny, blued steel screw.
The movement is encircled by a ring of 21ct Blue Gold, created via a unique heat treating process mastered by ANDERSEN Genève. Finally each ring is hand engraved with its corresponding number “X/50” in the limited edition of 50 pieces.
Model: ANDERSEN Genève 2023 Jumping Hours Rising Sun Edition
Frédéric Piguet 11.50 automatic movement
21ct Blue gold ring around the movement
Rotor: 18ct yellow gold “hand guilloché grain d’orge” and “A” logo hand engraved
3Hz (21’600A/h), 28 jewels, with 60 hours power reserve
Platinum (Pt 950) case with polished/brushed zones and welded lugs
Diameter: 38.0 mm
Width between lugs: 19 mm
Water resistance: 30m
18ct hand guilloché “magical losanges” motive. Hours displayed in the window at 12 o’clock, minutes displayed by a brushed white gold hand in a counter at 6 o’clock
Light grey hand-stitched suede strap with platinum (Pt 950) buckle
Limited edition of 50 timepieces