Imagination, invention, adventure, romance: 1880-1930 was a remarkable half-century, giving birth to everything from electricity to radio to cinema, Art Nouveau to Art Deco, automobile to airplane, jazz and skyscrapers and, indeed, the wristwatch.
At the heart of the Palace beats a flying tourbillon, on either side, two oval-shaped tracks are reminiscent of the legendary “Milwaukee Mile” racing circuit. The left track indicating GMT makes two passes: when the disc reaches the end, it flies back to the top and the arrow rotates 180 degrees to chart the other scale. On the right, a 72 hour power reserve indicator mirrors the GMT.
Recalling Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, Modern Times, visible bridges and wheels are striking visual clues to the Industrial Revolution.
A unique winding mechanism communicates its power to the barrel via a tiny chain with minuscule tensioner, designed to evoke the chain of vintage motorcycles.
Providing structure to the movement are rigid plates suggesting the reinforcement of a massive, cast-iron structure supported by ten minuscule pillars. Other details recall the cross-pieces found in both the bridges of the era and the form of the Eiffel Tower.
Such a wealth of function, form and detail demands a stately enclosure. The movement is larger than most complete watches, so the majestic case is a generous 48mm by 49mm providing the spaciousness a Palace deserves.
As with every Jean Dunand timepiece, each Palace is a unique piece.