During its centenary in 2010 Zegna established its partnership with Swiss Manufacture de la haute horlogerie, Girard Perregaux. The two and a quarter century old watch manufacture has resulted in some of the most elegant timepieces of the current decade; including the Monterubello Solo Tempo, the Monterubello Chronograph and of course the Centennial watch. Now another horological milestone has been passed as together with Girard Perregaux, Ermengildo Zegna presents its most discriminating clients with the house’s first moonphase and GMT. This watch is conceived and designed to be an elegant companion for the well-dressed man as he travels the world. The style is in keeping with the design vocabulary established by earlier models in the series. The sober, opaline, vellum coloured dial, embellished with the characteristic Zegna herringbone pattern, makes for excellent visibility and is the perfect backdrop for the elegant applied gold Breguet numerals and feuille hands. In accordance with the Zegna design philosophy, beauty is balanced with practicality and the resulting timepieces delivers its complication in an understated way: the large date is clearly legible in the upper half of the dial, balanced by the presence below of two symmetrical subdials: one presenting the time of day in the wearer’s preferred second location the other displaying the phases of the moon and passing seconds .
Comprising 297 components and yet only five millimetres in height, the movement that powers this timepiece is perfectly suited to today’s taste for discreetly stylish timepieces and every care has been taken to ensure the watch gives years of pleasure and performance to its wearer. The GMT function is clean in design and simple in operation; simple to read, it is controlled by a pushpiece located discreetly in the case wall at four o’clock: a single press on the pushpiece advances the second timezone by one hour. The moonphase system is directly connected to the barrel rather than the wheel train thus ensuring it moves smoothly and continuously, while the meticulously calculated gearing of the system ensures that only once 122 years and 45 days elapsed will the movement require correction by just one day.
The big date display changes instantaneously at midnight in an operation taking just 15/1000ths of a second. Moreover, considerable trouble has been taken to ensure that there is no visible line between the two numerals, with a completely transparent disk just 1/10th of a mm thick overlaying the lacquered metal disk carrying the first number. As with Monterubello’s preceding prestige timepieces, The Big Date, Moonphase and GMT will only made in small quantities, with a total, production of a mere 25 pieces.