Michel Jordi’s Twins stacks two separately cased mechanical
movements atop each other and connects them with a pivoting
Twist-Lock hinge positioned on the case side at 8. The top watch
swings away to reveal the lower watch. It is a challenging
design to perfect, one that progressed through much iteration.
The watch opens like a fan; both of the dials can be seen at the
same time. 329 Components including 40 rubies, main-plates,
bridges and minuscule screws are needed to assemble the two
exclusive movements of a Twins watch.
Two new versions of Twins were introduced in Geneva in April of
2005, and very well received. One has a skeleton movement in the
lower case, all handmade in the (Jura Valley), and the other
version is a jewelry execution in which the diamonds are all on
the lower case the Hidden Treasure. The Twins Hidden Treasure
with diamond-set pusher and crown shows the upper dial
understated, when it pivots, the lower dial set with nineteen
baguette-cut and 220 round VVS-quality diamonds is revealed. In
total, the cut diamonds weight approximately 2 carats.
In 250 years of watchmaking, no one has thought to do a watch
like this. Jordi created a heritage series of two precious
masterpieces in 18K Rose Gold and 18K White Gold. There is only
a very limited series numbered and limited to 99 Pieces all over
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Yin and Yang in watch-making
A LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 9 PIECES
Perfection, within the meaning of harmony, arises out of
duality. In Asian philosophy, this duality is very present
especially with the role played by Yin and Yang. Symbolized by
two intertwined fishes, they may be taken separately. Yin,
feminine principle, recalls receptiveness, surrender to
movement. It stands for the shaded side of the mountain or the
valley, whereas Yang, masculine principle, stands for the sunlit
side. It embodies exteriorization, expansion, completeness. In
ancient Chinese civilization, Yang’s were farmers engaged in
their activities in the summer, and Yin’s were weavers who would
weave clothes in their houses during the winter.
The Art of watch-making, contrary to what one may think at
first, is surprisingly close to this principle. Indeed, the cold
and the snow during severe winter times in the “Vallée de Joux”
compelled farmers to stay at home, and thus contributed to the
development of watch-making. They spent long winter months in
conceiving timepieces and turned back to their farming
activities in the summer.
Michel Jordi, with his piece called “HIDDEN TREASURE”, was able
to combine Yin and Yang in an optimal way. Two tiered watches,
in white gold, opening like a fan owing to a revolutionary and
imaginative « twist-lock » system, have made it possible to
blend feminist and masculinity in a timekeeper full of
1 diamond on the crown
1 diamond on the pusher
||Calibre MJ 1948.01 traditional hand wound
“Manufacture” movement with 42h power-reserve. De Luxe execution
with Geneva stripe finish and blued steel screws.
||18K white gold, water-resistant to 30m. 2 non-reflecting
scratchproof sapphire crystals.
||Exclusive 3-layer clear white dial with moon-phase and
||Hour and minutes,
small second, power-reserve, date and moon phase.
||Calibre MJ 1948.02. 10½” Chronograph with single
pusher, column-wheel drive, traditional hand winding.
“Manufacture” movement. De Luxe execution with Geneva stripe
finish and blued steel screws.
||18K white gold, water-resistant to 30m. 2 non-reflecting,
scratchproof sapphire crystals.
||220 full cut diamonds
19 baguettes diamonds
Total carat: 2 finished, 3 before cutting
Diamonds quality: VVS
||Off-center chronograph dial in mother of pearl.
||Single pusher chronograph with 5/10th of a second
indication, big center second, 30 minute counter and small
second. The second dial allows a second time-zone indication.
||1 galucha strap and a replacement strap in genuine croc,
both hand stitched. Safety butterfly clasp in 18K gold.
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