GrandCliff Annual Calendar: Pierre DeRoche's new declaration of love for horological complications
"When I was a kid," recalls the co-founder of Pierre DeRoche, Carole Dubois, "my grandfather taught me that to remember the months with 30 and 31 days, I only had to look at the troughs and ridges on the backs of my hands. It was from this simple answer to a complex question that the idea for the GrandCliff Annual Calendar was derived, to round off the brand's collection".
In 1980, a brand no longer in existence presented what was probably the 1st annual calendar in wristwatch form. This fine feat was also the fruit of work by Dubois Dépraz. Forty years later, the complications specialist from the Joux Valley and Pierre DeRoche have pooled their know-how to revisit this subtle horological complication, with added refinement. The sobriety of the gentlemen's version and the delicacy of the ladies' version round off the GrandCliff collection perfectly, and reinforce Pierre DeRoche's positioning as a horological complication specialist.
Ranked among the so-called useful or practical complications, the annual calendar is one of the iconic sophistications of watchmaking. It is also one that introduces a touch magic simplifying everyday life. By developing in parallel its gentlemen's and ladies' versions of the complication, Pierre DeRoche set out to restore its full prestige.
Hence 16 years after the launch of the very first GrandCliffs, the brand is increasing its collection by two models. True to the aesthetic codes of GrandCliff, they maintain, in a slightly slimmed-down diameter, the perfect poise and elegance of the series. In its resolutely feminine Milady version, the Annual Calendar offers complication lovers a rare occasion to assert their watchmaking affinities.