Gramercy is an area in Manhattan that surrounds Gramercy Park, a city landmark established in the 1830s. In addition to its lengthy history, Gramercy Park is significant for being the only private park in Manhattan. Only the owners who live in the buildings surrounding the park have access and each owner is required to pay an annual fee to receive a key, of which there are between 300 and 400 at any given time. The keys are individually numbered and coded, much like a limited edition watch.
Gevril designed its Gramercy watches with this sort of exclusivity in mind: the watches are produced in limited editions and are meant to represent a legacy, to be held and subsequently passed down.
The size of the Gramercy case is 39 mm, appropriately dressy, and available in stainless steel or 18 kt. yellow gold. The steel version is an edition of 500 and the gold version is an edition of 100. The gold version is paired with a crocodile leather strap and 18 kt. gold buckle; the stainless steel version employs a stainless steel beaded bracelet with an optional crocodile leather strap and folding clasp.
Time display on the Gramercy is in a configuration known as a “regulator,” in which the seconds and hours are separated onto individual sub-dials while the minute hand remains central. The fundamental purpose for this layout (originally on clocks) is related to ease and accuracy of telling the time – the minute hand, which is referred to most often in time-telling, is dominant, and the hour and minute hands only overlap twice daily at 12 o’clock. Today, the regulator is still effective in this regard, but also presents a thought-provoking arrangement.
Like other watches in Gevril’s New York collection, which consists of the Gramercy, Chelsea, Soho and Madison, the color and texture of the dial is silvered guilloché with pomme (or Breguet) hands and Roman numeral hour indexes. Sapphire crystal is employed front and back and the watch is water resistant to 165 feet. Gramercy watches are Swiss made.
Gramercy watches house 31 jewel automatic movements, each with a base ETA 2824 that is modified by a rare Jaquet 876, which configures the regulator.
With a name based on a landmark and an age-old configuration on display, Gramercy is an apt name for this watch so steeped in history and tradition. Gramercy watches are something out of the ordinary, both in appearance and quality. A select quantity of Gramercy watches are still available (new old stock) and can be purchased online from the Gevril Outlet. Pick one up while you still can, and keep it in the family.