While we may all feel like we know Sinn and have a handle on their overall taste, Baselworld 2016 revealed that Sinn remains capable of surprising and that their game isn’t exclusively tool sailors and hardcore pilot watches. In the elaborate 6200 Meisterbund to the somewhat rakishly handsome 910 Anniversary chronograph, Sinn’s 2016 Baselworld lineup has been an impressive pivot from their more common watch stylings.We’ll depart the 6200 for another post and focus on the sporty and stylish Sinn 910 Anniversary. Thickness is 15.5mm, using anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back protecting a nicely finished movement and a beautiful warm tan dial with black employed markers and reddish accents.With no date and two sub dials, dial symmetry is strong and the Sinn 910 Anniversary provides dual central seconds hands (for split second timing) and a 30-minute totalizator in the three. Using a highly altered ETA 7750 using a dual column wheel rattrapante module from La Joux-Perret, the Sinn 910 Anniversary functions like a traditional chronograph, however you may stop and reset the divide step via the pusher at 8 o’clock. This double chronograph performance is excellent for timing the results of two simultaneous events, such as the 1st and 2nd outcomes of a sprint, or just for playing with since you pass the time. Furthermore, given their comparative rarity and specialized engineering, a split second chrono is a cool way to pay tribute to Sinn’s anniversary.Despite its somewhat more classic form, the Sinn 910 Anniversary is spared bit of Sinn’s focus to robust engineering and technical specifics. Water resistant to the DIN 8310 criteria and 100M, the Sinn 910 Anniversary can be shock resistant and anti-magnetic into the guidelines created by DIN 8308 and 8309, respectively. The Sinn 910 Salon can also be low pressure immunity and its own crown and pushers utilize Sinn’s D3-System for a more integrated design that offers enhanced protection against knocks and the ingress of moisture and dust. As per usual with Sinn, there’s no half-assery available in the design and construct of the Sinn 910 Anniversary.
It is funny how trends develop in the watch world, especially for relatively high-end, obscure complications. Once strange and relatively unique, the dead beat seconds complication is having a veritable renaissance perpetuated first by the more hip independent watch makers and now entering the mainstream of high luxury timepiece creations. For 2015, Jaquet Droz gets on the dead beat seconds hand wagon with a new version of the Grande Seconde called the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat.
What is a deadbeat seconds complication? For those who don’t already know, it is simply explained by saying that it is a ticking seconds hand in a mechanical watch. Ticking seconds hands are normally reserved for quartz watches – at least that is how they are known in more modern watches. Historically, however, ticking seconds hands existed on certain high precision clocks sometimes known as regulator clocks. These clocks were used in scientific labs or to help regulate the time of other clocks. Ticking seconds hands make it much easier to count the seconds when that is important. Recently, thanks to brands like Arnold & Son, the dead seconds hand (which has other names as well) has been popping up more frequently, and watching them in action is far more elegant than seeing ticking seconds hands on quartz watches.
The 2015 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat takes the familiar look of the Grande Seconde watch collection and adds a ticking central seconds hand. This is actually an evolution on the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme (hands-on here), because it also includes an indicator dial for the date. I have to admit that the balance of the dial, well at least the elegance, is thrown off a bit, given the inclusion of a central seconds hand. The grace of the core Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde watch dial look is the figure eight layout with the hours and minutes on top and the seconds below. While this execution is fine, it would seem to have been a more “pure” Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde with the removal of the date dial and the larger subdial for the seconds being the deadbeat seconds indicator.
Nevertheless, that suggestion may have not resulted in the optimal visual experience to fully appreciate the dead beat seconds hand – which is best experienced when it takes up an entire dial. Inside the watch is the exclusive for Jaquet Droz caliber 2695SMR automatic movement that contains a silicon hairspring and power reserve of 40 hours, operating at 3Hz. The lower-than-anticipated power reserve is likely due to the extra power necessary for the “jumping seconds hand.” The movement further features the newer automatic rotor design and movement decoration we are seeing in more and more Jaquet Droz watches.
For its debut model, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat will come as the reference J008033200 in 18k red gold, with a grand feu enamel dial. The case is 43mm wide and 13.79mm thick. We continue to love the rolled alligator straps that Jaquet Droz pairs with many of their timepieces. For 2015, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat watch will be limited to 88 pieces (surprise, surprise on the number) and will be priced between about $30,000 – $35,000. jaquet-droz.com