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Svend Andersen Marks 40 Years with the Jumping Hours Platinum

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Svend Andersen Marks 40 Years with the Jumping Hours Platinum

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Source Credit:  Content and images from SJX Watches by Sheng Lee.  Read the original article - https://watchesbysjx.com/2021/06/andersen-geneve-jumping-hours-platinum.html

Andersen Genève turned 40 years old in 2020 – making the brand one of the longest-established independent watchmakers in Switzerland. The brand is, in fact, a pioneer in the field. Founder Svend Andersen, an octogenarian who was born in Denmark but moved to Switzerland in 1963, set up the AHCI in 1985 alongside Vincent Calabrese.

Andersen Genève is best known for inventive and novel complications, often built as a module to be added onto a base movement, such as the secular perpetual calendar that needs no adjustment even after centuries – but on an ETA base calibre. Many of the brand’s creations are hand-made, bespoke timepieces built to the client’s specifications.

The brand commemorated its 40th anniversary with four models that encapsulate its historical specialties, a diamond-set, Louis Cattier-style world time, a collaboration with Konstantin Chaykin that combines the Russian watchmaker’s Joker display with an automaton on the back, and a jumping hours.

The final watch in the anniversary quartet is the first in platinum, the Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary with a 21k-gold dial engine turned by hand.

Initial thoughts

The Jumping Hours is a charming watch, both in terms of design and construction, as well as the fact that it comes from a pioneering independent watchmaker.

First thing that stands out is the unusual display, with no hand mounted in the centre of the dial. Instead, the hours are shown through a window at twelve, echoing the sub-dial at six that indicates the minutes.

That leaves it with an expensive landscape, which is fully utilised to showcase the guilloche work. Notably, the 21k gold dial is mixed with iron, which turns into a crisp, light blue that’s a signature of the watchmaker – or BlueGold in official term.

That said, save for the case material, the new Jumping Hours is identical to its rose gold predecessor. But the blue dial works exceptionally well with the white-metal case, making it the coolest iteration to date.

Traditional and refined

Having worked at Patek Philippe on high complications for about a decade, Mr Andersen acquired the good eyes and skills that would go on to define his brand.

For instance, the lugs on the Jumping Hours are delicately shaped, with the ends extruding slightly from the case to give it extra but subtle flair, and the bezel is double-stepped. But no doubt the most intricate part is the dial, which is engine-turned to create an intricate “magic losange” pattern.

While the base movement is the compact Frederic Piguet cal. 11.50, the jumping hours module are made in-house.

But all parts nicely attended to, with polished countersinks and bevels along the bridges. And the rotor is engraved with a different guilloche pattern than that on the front, though similarly attractive. Notably, the inscription on the BlueGold ring around the movement is hand engraved.


Key Facts and Price

Andersen Genève Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary

Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 9.22 mm
Material: Platinum
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: Frederic Piguet cal. 1150 with jumping hours module
Functions: Jumping hours and minutes
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours

Strap: Alligator with platinum pin buckle

Limited edition: 40 pieces

Availability: Direct from Andersen Genève
Price: CHF41,600 excluding taxes

For more, visit Andersen-geneve.ch.


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Source Credit:  Content and images from SJX Watches by Sheng Lee.  Read the original article - https://watchesbysjx.com/2021/06/andersen-geneve-jumping-hours-platinum.html

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