The deLaCour GMT Segmental-Saqra is a timepiece housing an array of formal, symbolic and functional innovations.
Beginning with the functional aspects, the GMT SEGMENTAL SAQRA is under patent GLN of Neuchâtel department of the Office Européen des Brevets dated 6/2/2006 n. EP 06101306,6; Piece d´horlogerie munie d`un affichage de l`heure de deux fuseaux horaires.
Looking first at the double time zone function the GMT SEGMENTAL SAQRA pioneers an interesting innovation, with respect to the existing systems.
The dial with the indication of the twelve traditional hours portrays in addition, on an external circle, both the day of the week and the hour of the second time zone.
This external circle is divided into seven parts that represent the seven days of the week, each one of them subdivided into the 24 hours of the day.
Thus in the same axis of rotation as the 2 main needles, that mark the local hours and minutes, a third hand indicates the day of the week and hour (both AM and PM) of the second time zone. This third needle will perform one complete rotation in one week, traversing 168 hours (24 hours to day x 7 days).
The characteristic division of the sphere in seven segments of the outer circle has given the name of SEGMENTAL to this model.
Evidently the minute hand will be common to the two hour zones.
Regarding the “shape”, the case belongs to the deLaCour luck and prosperity Saqra series.
In a world such as that of watch making, occasionally static for decades, tied to the same stereotyped and mechanical shapes, it seems that only the smallest variation to the stereotype is allowed.
This is particularly obvious in the design of men's timepieces.
We believe we have taken a bold step away from the rules and regulations of the norm and given birth to a vibrant and brave design.
The unique shape of the Saqra suggests an ideal squaring of the circle ; if we look closely we discover, the circle and the square, both simple geometric figures, mutually intersect the other (compenetrate) to define the now emblematic case of the SAQRA.
This strong shape, rebellious and symbolic, has been met with great acceptance across borders real and conceptual in diverse cultures.
The play of symbols and meaning of the Saqra brings forth a concept of sacredness in the West whereas to an Eastern mind, the idea of the Chakra is evoked, the wheels or centres of energy of the human body.
The first of the seven Chakras, the Muladhara, is represented by means of a circle and a square with four petals of the lotus flower.