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Chronographs sans pusher

November 6 2005 at 10:54 PM

PeterCDE  (Login pc01)

Response to AMVOX 2 - JLC´s new chronograph, with a twist

The AMVOX-2 made me think about GP timepieces with unusual chronograph release functions; three of them come to mind, although the approach is more conventional for each:

Mimo chronograph, ca. 1935 (GP Museum)
the crown is the chronograph pusher

reference 80500: "375MM" (limited edition)
co-axial monopusher inside the crown

reference 90210: Foudroyante, Vintage45 case
conventional start/stop pushers for the chronograph function
co-axial pusher for Rattrapante function inside the crown

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Spinning the idea forth, there´s a model which i´d imagine to benefit from a side slide instead of a second crown:

reference 49850: WWTC Power Reserve
World Time indication is controlled by second crown on the left

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Nothing wrong with a crown (like the WWTC PR) or a pusher (like the Patek Philippe 5110), but a side slide like repeating timepieces would make it less wide. While the 49850 is a very comfortable watch, replacing the crown with a slide may make it even more easy to wear.
On the other hand, the use of two crowns is likewise emblematic for GP´s world time models.

Greetings from germany,


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