What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about high-end luxury watches with horological complications? A tourbillon movement? A minute repeater? How about jumping hour watches? While this feature is officially not a complication but rather a variation on timekeeping, it is still a complex and quite rare mechanism, which makes it highly popular with both luxury watch connoisseurs and collectors.
Originally developed for pocket watches in the 18th century, jumping hour or “wondering hour” timepieces were very popular in the 19th century, and they still are. For today, such models are produced by many renowned luxury watch brands in a variety of material and design options. In this blog post, we want to introduce several exceptional timepieces with jumping hours you should know about.
1. Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck
Created as a tribute to the company’s rich history with the sea, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck is a true horological masterpiece distinguished by its beautiful design and remarkable technical performance. Available in platinum and 18k rose gold, this superb luxury watch comes with a whole set of complications, including a 60-second flying tourbillon, jumping hours, and minute indication on a graduated arc.
2. Hysek Kalysta Snowflake
The Snowflake is the latest jewelry version of the renowned Hysek Kalysta model for ladies, available in either 18k rose gold or titanium. Each variation features a delicate mother-of-pearl jeweled dial with a jumping hour display at 12 o’clock and minutes indicated by a marquise stone traveling around the diamond-set bezel.
3. Bovet by Pininfarina OttantaTre Tourbillon
A truly unique piece of modern jumping hour watches can be found in the Bovet by Pininfarina collection. This outstanding model is distinguished by its convertible case in white gold or rose gold, which can be easily turned into a wristwatch, a table clock, or a pocket watch. Plus, in addition to its jumping hours and retrograde minutes, this eye-catching timepiece features a hand-winding tourbillon movement with a 5-day power reserve.
4. Bvlgari Divas’ Dream
The Bvlgari Divas’ Dream is not only a beautiful diamond-set watch but also a complicated Haute Horlogerie masterpiece with a very distinct way of telling time. The fact is that this 18k rose gold watch with a stunning Coeur de rubis dial is driven by an in-house automatic mechanical movement with retrograde minutes and jumping hours.
5. MeisterSinger Salthora Meta Transparent
Do not think that all jumping hour watches are expensive as there are also timepieces available at very attractive prices, like the MeisterSinger Salthora Meta Transparent in stainless steel. While this stylish luxury watch is powered by an automatic movement with MeisterSinger module for the “jumping hour,” its retail price is only $3,675. Moreover, it comes with a variety of strap options to choose from.
At 300watches, we also offer authentic jumping hour watches, including models by Audemars Piguet and Breitling, so you have an excellent opportunity to purchase a truly outstanding timepiece at a discount price. Just check out our collection!