Particular attention was paid to the development of the GMT complication featured on the concept watch. In watchmaking, a complication is a function other than the hour, minute and seconds display, which may have an astronomical, practical or technical application. This GMT complication simultaneously indicates the home time and a second time zone time on two dials; splitting of the mechanism is avoided, thanks to its specific differential gear-based mechanics, which provides the focal point of the watch design.
The new calibre OP 21/1-15, created specifically for this watch, remains true to the original principle of Pecqueur, with a stepped rather than flat design, unlike classic watch differential gears. This innovative architecture is based on angle transmission gears. It offers a beautiful overhead effect, featuring an elegant plays on depth. It also gives the watch functional advantages, including reduced friction and energy consumption, which ensures better autonomy and greater precision.
Peugeot Design Lab’s objective was to highlight the distinctive personality of the Pecqueur Conceptuals brand, a sensual elegance enhanced by innovative and subtle details, through the combined design of the dial and case of this concept watch. To outline the volumes and create a perfect harmony between the various watch displays, Peugeot Design Lab worked in close collaboration with the design department of the watchmaking manufacture LTM (“Le Temps Manufacture”), based in Fleurier, Switzerland.
The stratified architecture creates subtle plays on depth. The various display dials give the dynamic impression of being gears meshed together, reinforcing the effect of motion.
A masterpiece of the design, the differential bridge, in a nod to the Eiffel Tower, overlaps the local time dial. It overhangs the recessed space housing the mechanical heart of the watch, the differential gear, magnified by a copper-based coating. This bridge invites you to dive into the heart of the mechanical revolution of the GMT complication.
The watch’s case sculpted, elegant and subtle features give the the watch a finer and lighter outline. The fluid and sensual design of the case components is animated by subtle material effects, featuring play between brushed, polished, and satin-finished metal. The dial features “Côtes de Genève”, a decoration based on undulating lines with a gentle relief which places the watch carefully within the codes of Haute Horlogerie.
According to the drawings provided by Peugeot Design Lab, “Les Artisans Boîtiers S.A”, a company based in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Swiss Jura region, designed the watch case, and enabled LTM to assemble the first two prototypes of this new piece.
PEUGEOT DESIGN LAB
With a wealth of know-how derived from more than 200 years in industrial creation, and 120 years in motor vehicle creation, in June 2012 Peugeot launched the Peugeot Design Lab, a global brand design studio dedicated to the service of external customers. Objective: develop powerful and coherent brand strategies for its customers. Its main role is to design brand products, services and experiences in all non-motor vehicle business sectors.