A new name in Swiss watchmaking makes a lustrous debut with its very first timepiece.
In a world where the majority of young watch brands struggle to find their own design language experimenting with a couple of three-handers or maybe a chrono, starting up with a $300,000+ watch featuring one-of-a-kind mechanical indication is quite a bold move. And the Genus GNS1 certainly looks like it’s meant to make history. Yes, it’s a time only piece, but the trick here is the indication itself. The white pointer at 9 o’clock shows the current hour, for all the twelve numerals constantly rotate around the dial. The precise minute-disc is spinning at 3 and have a subtle aperture for telling the current one. However it’s tens of minutes where the real fun begins: the 12-part snake-like train constantly goes around two orbits, following the 8-figure pattern. The ‘head’ of that snake, or should we say the leading part of the ‘train’, does actually tell the time.
The Genus GNS1 is powered by the manually wound movement with variable inertia balance wheel. Housed in a grey gold case measuring 43 mm in diameter it can be seen through the transparent caseback. Of course, nothing here is as mechanically entertaining as the indications sitting under the box-domed sapphire crystal. Love it or not, it’s this kind of watches that really move the watchmaking forward, not to mention all the fun involved. The GNS1 comes complimented by a black leather strap and is a 8-piece limited edition. The price is CHF 310,700.
Oct. 14, 2019