The great moment of the small seconds: five watches with independent seconds display | Viewing time


The seconds hand of a watch is most often staged in the center, playing the third hour and minute wheel. Here are a handful of watches in which the seconds display is decentralized and allowed to shine on its own.


Dating back to 1939 and a special timepiece produced especially for Portuguese customers, the Portugieser is one of IWC’s most enduring collections and arguably the most classically elegant. This 40mm watch in an 18k rose gold case and silver-plated dial makes this case quiet but emphatic, with applied gold Arabic numerals, leaf-shaped gold hands, railroad-style minute minder. vintage and a sub-dial at 6 o’clock for the running seconds, traversed by a blued hand. Behind its sapphire crystal display case hides the automatic caliber IWC 82200, fitted with the Manufacturing Pellaton signature winding system and incorporating virtually wear-resistant ceramic parts, including pawls and heart-shaped cam. The movement stores a power reserve of 60 hours and features plates and bridges decorated with beadwork and coasts of Geneva. Price: $ 16,900.

IWC Portugieser Automatic (Ref. IW358306)


Patek Philippe has added a vintage touch to its flagship collection of Calatrava dress watches with the launch of the Ref. 6119, notable for its use of a guilloche nail pattern known as Paris nails on the slightly rounded bezel of its 39 mm diameter rose gold case. The silver-grained dial houses a set of faceted applied indexes and dauphine-style hour and minute hands, also in rose gold, as well as a small seconds display at 6 o’clock with a cross motif in its center. Inside the slim 8.08mm-thick case beats an in-house caliber, the hand-wound 30-255 PS from Patek Philippe, which accumulates a 65-hour power reserve and meets quality label standards. internal Patek Philippe, which means a daily precision between -3 / + 2 seconds as well as a range of high quality watchmaking decorations, including hand beveled edges and Geneva stripes on the bridges. Price: $ 29,570.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Clous de Paris (Ref. 6119)


The historic Swiss watchmaking village of Villeret, where Jehan-Jacques Blancpain founded the House which still bears his name in 1735, gives its name to the most classic family of timepieces from the modern brand Blancpain, including this Jour Date model (“Day Date”) in stainless steel. The 40mm dress watch incorporates all of the primary aesthetic codes of the Villeret collection, including a double-tiered bezel and applied Roman hour numerals and sage leaf-shaped openwork hands on the crisp white dial. A borderless small seconds sub-dial sits at 6 o’clock, while day and date displays line up in windows at 3 o’clock. The self-winding Blancpain caliber 1160DD powers the functions of the timepiece, fitted with a silicon balance-spring and offering a frequency of 4 Hz and a power reserve of 72 hours. Visible through a sapphire crystal case-back, its gold rotor is adorned with a honeycomb guilloché motif. Price: $ 10,900.

Blancpain Villeret Jour Date (Ref. 6652-1127-55B)


The German Glashütte Original has become known for its bold, asymmetrical designs, and the PanoReserve manages to combine an off-center hour and minute display, an overlaid sub-dial for independent seconds, the “Panorama” date and a cleverly imagined metronome. Power reserve-style indicator with a baton hand – the latter two functions giving the model its name. The watch’s 40mm case is in rose gold, its matte black galvanized dial features applied indexes and printed scales in white, and its movement, the manually-wound caliber 65-01, is displayed in full screen behind a sapphire crystal case-back. The movement, which stores 42 hours of running time, is designed in the traditional Glashütte way, with a decorated three-quarter plate, hand-engraved bridge and balance cock, duplex gooseneck adjustment, blued screws and screwed gold chatons. Price: $ 20,500.

Glashütte Original PanoReserve (Ref. 1-65-01-29-15-30)


This 39 mm timepiece with a stainless steel case houses the Japanese luxury watchmaker’s first manufacture movement with a small seconds function, the manually-wound caliber 9S63. The seconds display is exceptionally located at 9 o’clock on the domed dial, which tilts slightly to accentuate the finesse of the case. Directly in front of the small seconds sub-dial at 3 o’clock is a power reserve indicator which indicates the movement’s 72-hour operating autonomy status. Grand Seiko hallmarks abound on the understated dial, including gracefully faceted applied indexes and razor-style hour and minute hands. The movement, assembled and adjusted entirely at Grand Seiko’s Studio Shizukuishi in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, is accurate to + 5 / -3 seconds per day and beats behind a sapphire crystal caseback emblazoned with Grand Seiko’s lion emblem. Price: $ 6,900.

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection (Ref. SBGK007)

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