This particular creation consists a rectangular case that is mostly see-through except for the time, tourbillon, calendar, and because this is an automatic wristwatch, the oscillating weight. That begs the obvious question of "where is everything else?"
Thomas has hidden the rest of the movement within the bezel of this timepiece, giving it a totally transparent look. Symmetry is provided by two crowns, one used to wind the watch, the other used to adjust the time. The small round ball between the time-telling barrels is a three-dimensional moonphase indicator. The calendar function has been integrated into the oscillating weight and the genius of it allows the owner to wear the watch on either side and the display will be accurate.
To say the Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon is unique is an understatement; it is truly one of a kind. In fact, it marks four firsts in watchmaking:
1. First automatic double axis tourbillon wristwatch with constant force mechanism in the carriage
2. First calendar implemented in the oscillating weight
3. First automatic movement with horizontal rotating oscillating weight
4. First mysterious automatic movement with upright standing main plates located on both sides of the movement.
Back in Basel, there were some introductions that the entire fair was discussing. "Did you see the new Jean Dunand?" we'd hear, even from some would-be competitors. "What did you think of the Palace?" We were asked by everyone from bloggers, to editors, to distributors, to tourists. The fair was abuzz with this new avant-garde creation that took over three years to create.
Today, we present you the Palace as explained by Jean Dunand CEO Thierry Oulevay. We can't stress enough how impressive this timepiece is and how much you'll enjoy watching this video. There is simply nothing else like the Palace in existence right now, and you'll see why. Enjoy!
The original Chapter One from Maîtres du Temps was a smash success, as were all the later iterations. It was, however, something of a shock to us when we heard the Chapter One would be introduced as a round watch. After all, it was the tonneau case that made the Chapter One's now iconic rolling bars possible.
In the video below, Steven Holtzman, President of Maîtres du Temps (and the man who showed us the original Chapter One in video) takes us through how the Chapter One Round came to be. As collaboration is the true modus operandi of Maîtres du Temps, we learn it happened with a little help from the good folks at Greubel Forsey. Watch the clip below to find out how Maîtres du Temps quite literally fit a square peg into a round hole.