Fabergé has exapnded their Visionnaire DTZ collection, the original of which I wrote about at the time (it was one of my highlights of 2016), with the new DTZ Dynamist. The launch model won the ‘Travel Time’ category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2016.
For those unfamiliar with it, the ‘DTZ’ of the name stands for ‘double time zone’. What makes it so distinctive is the manner in which it displays the second time zone in a 24-hour format (a 24-hour disc) via a central jumping digital display on a rasied done that is magnified to a large visible size. The magnification of the digital second time zone is achieved by maximising the distance between the 24-hour disc and the magnifier. The hours and minutes of the local time zone are indicated by open-worked hands rotating around the second time zone dome.
The movement developed for Fabergé by Agenhor/ Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. The movement is the automatic AGH Calibre 6924 which beats at 21,600 VPH and a power reserve of fifty hours. Along with circular graining and Cotes de Genève on the bridges, there is a decorative flourish to the movement that I mentioned in my original post and a live photo of which you can also find there – a peacock. The jump hour of the second time zone disc is achieved via a cam which is engraved with a circular wheat sheaf. The lever that tracks the 60-minute rotation of the cam and activates the digital second time zone hour is part of a piece that has been turned into a peacock. Once the cam completes and hourly rotation, the lever resets and the peacock ‘pecks’ at the wheat.
This new Visionnaire DTZ Dynamist comes in a 43mm-sized black ceramic and titanium case with black DLC treatment. Its fluted crown is 18kt yellow gold and rubber, and the pusher is 18kt gold. It is water resistant to 50m. With its contrast between precious metal and black, it is very much about a ‘luxury sports watch’ type look, with the dial dominated by the latter, but with yellow gold accents.
The dial has a circular satin black DLC-treated track ring with yellow gold printed numerals. The 3, 6, 9 and 12 numerals are applied on transparent sapphire (as are the hour markers) and are lumed. The hands are also coated with lume. The opaline rotor on the dial side has black DLC treatment.
Coming on a black alligator strap with rubber finish that has a black DLC-treated folding clasp, the Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ Dynamist watch retails at £22,400 (I saw the original model at their London boutique) or contact email@example.com
[Photo credit: Fabergé]