Petermann Bédat Seconde Morte: Dead Seconds, Independently (Video)

Petermann Bédat is a young company comprising a youthful duo of independent watchmakers by the names of Gaël Petermann and Florian Bédat. The two met at watchmaking school in Geneva, graduating in 2011.

After stops at Harry Winston and A. Lange & Söhne, the pair returned to Geneva to restore vintage and complicated watches, also working with Svend Andersen’s workshop and for auction house Christie’s, and opening their own independent workshop in Renens in 2017. Petermann Bédat‘s first watch, featuring a deadbeat style of seconds, was created with the help of grand master Dominique Renaud in 2019.

Petermann Bédat Seconde Morte’s Caliber 171

As you can see, their work is heavily influenced by the German watchmaking they experienced at one of the finest brands in the world, A. Lange & Söhne, as well as 1960s-era timepieces, with the main design concession to the modern era being the openworked sections of the dial, highlighting the meat of the young pair’s work. And it’s no wonder that the dial is so attractive: it’s made by Kari Voutilainen’s Comblémine dial factory.

Our friends at The Watches TV hosted Gaël Petermann and Florian Bédat in their Geneva studio to find out more. Enjoy!

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Quick Facts Petermann Bédat Seconde Morte
Case: 39 x 10.7 mm, white or pink gold
Movement: manually wound Caliber 171 with swan-neck fine regulation, large variable inertia balance wheel, 36-hour power reserve, 18,000 vph/2.5 Hz frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, deadbeat seconds
Limitation: 10 pieces in each case metal
Price: CHF 59,800

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1 reply
  1. Gav
    Gav says:

    Hmm. I might be changing my mind about the Men’s prize at GPHG (stop the press). I loved this movement the first time I saw it, and Gaël in fact left a nice comment to me to clarify a misconception I had, which made me admire it even more, but I just haven’t fallen in love with any of the dials they have chosen…until I saw that black dial with breguet numerals – never seen that before. It may be I lack the imagination for disregarding that which can be replaced – the dial – so I can fully focus on the insides while picturing whatever I want on the front, but I am very influenced by what they choose to present as their ideal dial.
    Start with ‘classic’ then move to more modern later, perhaps? A guillochéd version of that black dial from Comblémine with applied numerals would’ve made this unquestionably my favourite, but I suppose Gaël and Florian can add what they like later on. I do love that movement, though; the architecture and finishing is sublime.


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