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    OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    Check this out. Watch the video.

    Introducing: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second And Universal Time (Original Video, Live Pics, Full Specs) — HODINKEE


    When I first saw that tick-tick-ticking second hand, like so many cheaper quartz watches, I thought, "What's impressive about this?" How about the watch having a more than 60-part complication to mark each individual second, rather than a second hand that's just sweeping or ticking around the dial?

    It's brilliant. It takes the subtlety of an understated Grand Seiko, where you might be the only one in the room who knows how impressive the watch you have is, up another notch. (Though I daresay the brand name might be a tip to some that there's something going on here.)

    But, correct me if I'm wrong ... it looks like at 2:22 of that video that the ticking second hand is missing the dial markers. I'd be rather bummed if my JLC did that.
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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    Doesn't appeal thankfully, shoulda' sprung for the original when it debuted recently, damn . . .
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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    it's amazing but if I have to pay a significant premium for that, I think I'll pass.

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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    I believe this is called "Dead Second" or "Dead Beat Second" movement. It has been done before.

    Gronefield has one called "One Hertz"
    Gronefeld One Hertz 1912 Dead-Beat Seconds Watch | aBlogtoWatch

    According to this article, first one came about in 1752:
    https://www.hautehorlogerie.org/en/e...ndent-seconds/
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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    So this new "complication" (I would call it a simplification, but whatever...) is actually lower price than the Geophysic 1958. The latter was limited edition, but I like the new one better since it offers something not found on too many watches these days. Sign me up when the grey market has it for ~$6000. And a bracelet.
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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    Quote Originally Posted by WorthTheWrist View Post
    But, correct me if I'm wrong ... it looks like at 2:22 of that video that the ticking second hand is missing the dial markers. I'd be rather bummed if my JLC did that.
    I sure hope that's parallax. Nice technology for the "true second" complication, don't agree with its ends, however.
    wearing some dumbwatch that goes tick-tick-tick-tick-tick

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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    It's a cool complication and the back is a-ma-zing but the dial/hands are a huge miss IMO.

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    Agree. Pity about the hands. Don't like dead seconds too.

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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    Dead-beat seconds are my least favorite complication, and while the independent hour hand is great for frequent-travelers who don't like futzing with their watches, I'm a seldom-traveler who does.

    Glad I jumped on the Geophysic reissue, and relieved the new Geophysics aren't just categorically better.
    A manually wound Geophysic, with the platinum reissue design in steeel, with a black enamel-filled design on the case back would have chafed pretty hard.

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    Re: OK, now watchmakers are just showing off (JLC Geophysic True Second)

    Yeah, not a fan either. Although the worldtimer is handsome.

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