For the past several years I have been reporting on the progress of Pequignet as a brand and one statement still holds true - The Rue Royale watch collection always goes well below the radar and it is still the best kept secret.

This year Pequignet developed GMT complication for the Caliber Royale and yet again the result is fantastic.  What’s so unique about the execution of this complication? - It features UTC dual time and a full calendar with triple instant jump.

In Rue Royale GMT, a day/night indicator replaces the traditional Moon Phase at 6 o’clock. The second UTC time band is at 4 o’clock.  “Adding another window would have cluttered the watch, which has a subtle, carefully thought-out aesthetic balance,” explains Pequignet’s CEO Laurent Katz. “To maintain this, we’ve placed the second time band inside the small seconds display at 4 o’clock. We then refined the finishing on each hand, making them quicker and easier to read: for the second time band, a slim hand with a red SuperLumiNova arrow tip, and for the small seconds hand, a fine silver tip – both of them gliding over a sun-brushed counter.”

The GMT is adjusted using the watch’s single crown, in which Pequignet has cleverly inserted a pusher. This allows the Rue Royale GMT to do without a corrector.  It also has the 88-hour power reserve indicator at 8 o’clock, where the last twenty-four hours are marked in red as a warning to wind the watch.

The watch comes in three variations and is priced at 7,500 € :
  • Ref 9010933/CG : Opaline dial
  • Ref 9010943/CN :Anthracite dial with sunray decoration
  • Ref 9010973/CB and Ref 9010973/COB: Blue dial with sunray decoration

The second watch is an interesting offering of a moderately priced Regulator powered by Seiko’s SII NH37 automatic movement.  Equus Regulator comes in a 41mm case and has vintage carriage lugs.  The dial has a clean layout with hour display at 10 o’clock, central minute display, and date at 6 o’clock.

Equus Regulator comes in a white and black dial with a brown or black alligator-style leather strap.  It is priced at 1,290 €