IS IT TIME TO MAKE THE LEAP TO A JUMP- HOUR WATCH?
Time flies, of course, but did you know it can also jump? The jump-hour timepiece dates to the 19th century, and most modern versions are based on a function patented for the pocket watch by Austrian engineer Josef Pallweber in 1883. Unlike a traditional watch, which has a sweeping hour hand, Pallweber’s innovation featured a numbered disc in an aperture that “jumped” to the next hour after 60 minutes. (It also had a jumping minutes window.) Today there are many variations on the jump hour, including models with a minute hand or a tourbillon—and IWC’S Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years,” which looks remarkably like the original pocket watch that got the jump on all of them.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: 45MM IWC TRIBUTE TO PALLWEBER EDITION “150 YEARS” IN STAINLESS STEEL BY IWC ($23,100); 44.2MM ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME IN WHITE GOLD BY A. LANGHE & SOHNE ($119,000); 42MM VILLERET TOURBILLON VOLANT HEURE SAUTANTE MINUTE RÉTROGRADE IN RED GOLD BY BLANCPAIN ($148,800); 42MM PROJECT Z12 IN ZALIUM BY HARRY WINSTON ($24,800): 41MM OCTO MASERATI GRANLUSSO IN PINK GOLD BY BULGARI ($30,700); 43MM SALTHORA META X TRANSPARENT IN STAINLESS STEEL BY MEISTERSINGER ($4,500).