The independent Swiss watchmaker Marc Jenni has created a unique timepiece that eliminates crown from usual winding and time/date setting processes. Instead of a crown, the Prologue WDT: R Evolutionary watch uses an original turning ring and a push-button selector for an interesting new way of interaction with the watch.
Through the history of watchmaking, there was a number of groundbreaking innovations, but one thing has been constant. It is a well-known crown, usually placed at the 3 o’clock position to be used for winding the watch and adjusting its functions. The innovative watchmaker Marc Jenni decided to break this horological habit by creating a watch with a cool crownless design. For this purpose, he equipped the new Prologue WDT watch with the selector button, placed at the four o’clock position to select desired performance. With every push, it moves a three-pointed WDT indicator on the dial and marks one of leathers – W for winding, D for date corrections and T for adjusting time. After choosing the option, you can make corrections on the dial or wind the mechanism by smoothly rotating the coin-edged ring, integrated in the middle of the case. Playing with this unusual feature can be pretty interesting, but what is more important, this fluid operation is highly functional, providing the extremely easy-handling.
The new Prologue WDT watch comes with a robust, 44mm case made of sandblasted 316L stainless steel, with a contrasting polished turning ring. The gray dial looks nice and modern, highlighted by a concentric circle decoration in ardoise on brass. There is the WDT register at the 4 o’clock position, while the date window takes the 9 o’clock position. You can notice nicely designed applied hour markers which come either in black nickel or rhodium-plated. Both variations feature rhodium diamond cut and polished hands with Superluminova coating. WDT The dial is covered by a sapphire crystal with antireflective coating.
Inside the case, there is a Swiss self-winding movement with 22 jewels. It oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and provides the power reserve of 42 hours. The first version of new Marc Jenni Prologue WDT timepiece is available with a black leather strap with gray honeycomb textured rubber, while the second version features a gray calf-skin leather strap and a folding deployant clasp. The price of this great timepiece is around $14,700.