Pierre DeRoche is a small impartial watchmaking model pushed by Carole and Pierre Dubois. As such, it’s one way or the other associated to a discreet and revered household of the Vallée de Joux, Dubois-Dépraz. Their firm made a reputation for itself manufacturing extra mechanisms (particularly chronographs and calendars) for among the world’s most well-known watch manufacturers. With this background, it’s not a shock that Pierre DeRoche is quite technically oriented specializing in problems. Their newest mannequin rounds off the Grandcliff assortment which was inaugurated in 2005, with an annual calendar and a brand new, a lot sleeker design.
The annual calendar is a helpful complication that mechanically retains monitor of the proper calendar indication for months of 30 or 31 days, leaving the proprietor to manually modify the date annually as an alternative of 5 instances. It’s sometimes extra accessible than the perpetual calendar (which additionally takes into consideration leap years) and infinitely extra helpful than an ordinary calendar. Dubois-Dépraz has lengthy been a specialist of calendars generally, and annual calendars particularly.
The principle originality of the Pierre DeRoche Grandcliff Annual Calendar is its show with a conventional date window at 3 o’clock – courtesy of a giant diameter disc of the 32mm calendar module – paired with a month indicator at 7h30. The month indication consists of a pink index travelling below 12 cutouts. The gray/black gradient dial is barely grained and its lighter tone within the centre regularly darken outwards its periphery. Total, legibility is nice and the indications are picked up instantly.
The Pierre DeRoche Grandcliff Annual Calendar is available in a spherical metal case standing out with the attribute fancy lugs of the gathering. It’s barely smaller than the earlier fashions at 41mm versus 42.5mm. The design has been modernized and simplified to be sleeker, simpler every day and extra elegant too. The crown screws down and the water-resistance is rated at 50 meters.
Flip the watch over, the exhibition caseback provides an unimpeded view of the automated motion inside. Based mostly on the tried-and-tested ETA-2892, it beats at 28,800 vibrations/hour with roughly 50 hours of energy reserve when absolutely wound. As you’ll count on, the annual calendar module is made with Dubois Depraz (DD 6501).
The Grandcliff Annual Calendar additionally is available in a female model referred to as “Mylady” with a diamond-set bezel and a sunray sample radiating from the date window. The months are indicated with heart-shaped cut-outs.
The Pierre DeRoche Grandcliff Annual Calendar is delivered on a material strap. It’s secured to the wrist by a metal folding buckle. Worth is ready at CHF 8,700 excl. taxes. The Mylady model retails for CHF 11.800 excl. taxes.
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