The small second
Small Second, Hamilton calls the Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Small Second Auto because it has a second small dial specially designed to display the seconds. It is placed directly above the six o'clock marker without replacing or touching the number six and framed in the colour of the watch case. It thus provides a small visual echo of the larger watch, while blending in unobtrusively with the overall appearance of the watch. Its simple scale is inscribed in steps of ten for easy reading of the seconds. The small short hand is relatively thick, thus enhancing the traditional and cosy impression of the watch.
The name Maestro breaks with the usual Hamilton tradition. Normally, the Swiss watch manufacturer chooses English names for its watches to remind us of its original home in America. However, the word Maestro comes from Italian, although it is used worldwide in the classical music scene for conductor. The combination of the names Jazzmaster and Maestro thus creates a double reference to music on the one hand, but also a contrast between American jazz and Italian classical opera on the other. The Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Small Second Auto is equally at home in both scenes with her modest manner and classical style.