Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold
The Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold is the latest version of the company’s award winning dual-time wristwatch.
This detailed review of the Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold includes live images, specification details and pricing.
When writing about timepieces, I seldom return to the same watch twice. This is partly because there are more watches than I can physically write about and partly because new ‘animations’ sometimes fail to engender the same lust as the inaugural model.
However, on a recent visit to Fabergé’s Genevan workshops, I witnessed a watchmaker deftly wield tools. Nestled on his bench, between loupes and screwdrivers, was a new version of the Faberge Visionnaire DTZ. Last year, I wrote about a rose gold and titanium version of this timepiece. The new Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold evinces a different character with its softer yellow hued case and rich blue dial. While the architecture of this latest watch remains the same, it evinces a very different character.
With the watch in a disassembled state, I seized the opportunity to look at the various components through a macro lens and I was not disappointed.
Truncated, luminous hour and minute hands indicate the ‘local time’. The hours kiss batons and Arabic numerals on a delineated track. The minute hand converses with Arabic numerals and crisp strokes on a deep flange. Each hand expresses meaning with clear tone.
At the fulcrum of the dial, an aperture presents the ‘home hour’ in magnified splendour. The ‘home hour’ is not visible from the side and has to be viewed perpendicular to the watch head. It is a secret shared only with the wearer. When wearing the watch, it is obvious that the lens magnifies the size of the numeral, heightening legibility.
Home time disc and magnifying lens
Encircling the home hour display is a raised dome, embellished with concentric circles and perpendicular lines which form a grid-like motif. The Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold features a dial-side rotor with blue decoration.
The home hour is presented in a 24-hour format and advanced with a push-piece at 10 o’clock. It proves intuitive to use, making it simple for jet-lagged travellers to operate.
When the Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold was unveiled the press images suggested the dial was a mid-blue. In reality, the colour of the dial appears much richer in tone and coalesces wonderfully with the pale yellow shade of the case.
The 43mm case is formed of 18-carat yellow gold and titanium. The two different metals enjoy a harmonious marriage. The lightweight metal tempers the flamboyance of the yellow gold, leading to a tasteful horological ensemble.
Fabergé has repeatedly paired noble metal with alternative materials to imbue the timepiece with a sense of modernity. For example, the crown fuses both yellow gold and rubber, conferring a luxurious appearance and a sublime tactile encounter.
The rear of the case features a large, widescreen sapphire crystal granting the wearer the opportunity to drink-in the exquisitely finished self-winding movement.
The Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold is equipped with the self-winding 6924 calibre. The frequency of the balance is 21,600 VpH (3Hz) and the movement contains 30 jewels. The power reserve provides 50 hours of autonomy and the movement contains an amazing 320 components.
However, the self-winding 6924 calibre is more than a list of figures. The movement, created exclusively by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor, is exquisite. Sumptuous perlage is visible throughout and the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève motif. In addition, the screw sinks are highly polished and the bridges sport gleaming bevels, courtesy of hand-polished chamfering. Despite modernity, Fabergé has upheld traditional Swiss craftsmanship.
The transparent GMT disc is visible to the rear of the watch. A peacock-shaped, nodding lever engages with a snail-shaped cam which advances the GMT disc. This detail is one of Fabergés ‘surprises’, a characteristic that has been part of the company’s DNA ever since the Maison supplied its legendary eggs to the Russian Imperial family. Indeed, it is the capacity to surprise which distinguishes Fabergé creations as extraordinary.
The peacock works in conjunction with the snail-shaped cam for the home time hour display
The Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ was presented with an award at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) within the ‘Travel Time’ category. The watch received bountiful praise and was the subject of much press attention. It is therefore brave of Fabergé to tinker with the look of a tried and tested model.
Personally, I prefer the new Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold. The softer smile of yellow gold draws the onlooker closer. The addition of titanium imbues the watch with an extra dose of modernity. However, it is the blue hue of the dial which wholeheartedly ensnares my heart. Quite simply, it is gorgeous.
Despite its unusual features, this is a watch which is easy to love. The hands and hour markers convey the local time with notable clarity, while the central aperture reveals the ‘home hour’ in magnified glory.
The movement is highly innovative and the peacock lever is a lovely detail which will resonate with Fabergé disciples. However, Fabergé has not abandoned traditional craftsmanship. The movement is enriched with flawless finissage.
While Fabergé is synonymous with luxury, its watches represent excellent value for money. The Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold retails for £26,800 (RRP as at 5.11.2018), a keen price for a watch of this standing.
My return trip to the Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ has proved very enjoyable. Indeed, this latest iteration of the model is my favourite to date and proves a worthy consideration for any self-respecting globetrotter seeking a fine timepiece.
- Model: Faberge Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold
- Case: 18-carat yellow gold and titanium case; diameter 43mm; sapphire crystal to front and caseback; water resistant to 5 ATM (50 metres).
- Functions: Hours, minutes, central GMT.
- Movement: Calibre 6924; automatic movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3Hz); 30 jewels; power reserve = approx. 50 hours; 320 components
- Strap: Brown leather strap with 18-carat yellow gold folding clasp
- Price: £26,800 – (RRP as at 5.11.2018)