Regular visitors to The Watch Lounge will no doubt already be familiar with young AHCI member Marc Jenni and his crownless creation, the Prologue (after all, we’ve previously written about him here, here and here). Well, today we are proud to share with you the latest edition of his rather remarkable timepiece, the Prologue WDT: R Evolutionary.
Like the previous models the R Evolutionary dispenses with the need for a traditional crown and instead uses an innovative selector system developed by Jenni himself and activated by a pusher located at 4 o’clock. Essentially this clever system allows you to select between the functions for setting the time, the date or winding the watch, as denoted by the W/D/T sub-dial located between 3 and 4 o’clock.
Once you have made your selection it is simply a matter of rotating the fluted ring incorporated into the outer case, which performs the same function as a crown. This is a rather intuitive motion and really makes the overall process of setting the time and winding the watch whilst it is still on your wrist incredibly smooth. I imagine it may be slightly more awkward if you are holding the piece in your hands however the whole idea here is that you do not need to take it off to comfortably and effectively manage the different functions.
The R Evolutionary is offered in a 44 mm sandblasted stainless steel case with polished edges and features an all ardoise grey dial with a concentric circular decoration, applied rhodium plated hour markers with a black grid and rhodium diamond cut and polished hands with Superluminova. The ‘WDT’ selector indicator has also been rhodium plated and has a mixture of brushed and polished finishes.
As a final touch you can choose between a black leather strap with grey honeycomb textured rubber or a dark grey vintage calf strap, both with a stainless steel folding buckle.
RRP is US$14,775.
The Final Word
Jenni continues to refine his first creation, offering up a solid timepiece that is genuinely trying to do something unique whilst still remaining completely practical. If you’re a seasoned aficionado looking to stand out from your fellow watch lovers than this may just be the piece for you.