Hands-On: The Georg Jensen Koppel Grande Date Small Seconds
Henning Koppel was quite possibly the most powerful creators to work at Georg Jensen; his work was heavily impacted by the straightforwardness and natural lines of such craftsmen as Brancusi and that impact can undoubtedly be seen in such plans as his well known “pregnant duck” silver pitcher, from 1951.
The absolute first Koppel-planned watch from 1978 (the absolute first Georg Jensen watch was the Viviana, from 1969) was characterized by a very extra plan, with long, thin hands, a purposely cleaned up dial, and the utilization of dabs at the brief imprints. The new Koppel Grande Date Small Seconds adheres to that fundamental plan jargon, however with the expansion of a major date module.
The Koppel Grande Date Small Seconds is 41 mm in width and 12.3 mm thick; I’d surmise that probably a portion of the thickness is because of the utilization of a little seconds and huge date module in the Dubois-Dépraz 14000, which offers a 42-hour power save (the situation of the crown likewise demonstrates a measured development). However, the significant draw for this watch is clearly its plan and plan history rather than its technical highlights. The blue dial model you see here has a considerable amount of character for a moderate wristwatch, thanks to the thin hour and moment hands, and the dial stays, as Koppel would have needed it, severely unadorned (other than the Georg Jensen logo). Unexpectedly, although the tie is shading matched to the dial, Georg Jensen is by all accounts OK with changing ties; the gave lash has speedy delivery springbars (tabs gave so no instrument is essential) and the hauls are drilled.
From a plan point of view this is a lot of an exemplary illustration of mid-century plan, and it’s intriguing to perceive how well this plan philosophy holds up. There’s an exceptionally refined inclination in general thanks to the significant limitation Georg Jensen has shown in re-deciphering Henning Koppel’s unique plan with a huge date show. The date’s not difficult to peruse, and a helpful expansion to the watch (for those of us who like a schedule show) and it’s a genuine illustration of a watch that figures out how to be adaptable and keep its own unmistakable character simultaneously. The solitary slight issue with the general feeling of fineness is the overall thickness of the watch; I’d have favored it somewhat thinner. However, the utilization of a particular development helps keep the cost in a reasonable portion, for people who are keen on a plan forward mechanical watch with a major date show that will not use up every last cent. Also, the blue enamel dial on the model we had in for survey is quite hypnotizing. Generally, an incredible look and a fascinating extra alternative for anybody searching for a Modernist impacted wristwatch plan in a mechanical timepiece.
The Georg Jensen Koppel Grande Date is offered in treated steel with a blue or white dial, or in 18k rose gold. Development, Dubois-Dépraz 14000 with little seconds and huge date show. Case, 41 mm x 12.3 mm. Sapphire gems front and back, on matching croc tie with collapsing catch; bored drags and brisk delivery spring bars provided. As shown, in tempered steel, $3,550. Accessible in October 2016.