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New Photos of the Breguet Tradition 7047 Fusee Tourbillon

I've been waiting to see more invasive photographs of the fusee and chain mechanism of the Breguet Tradition 7047 Tourbillon and am happy to direct you to Watching Horology where that feat has been captured in great detail-->Link

"The second of this year's remarkable tourbillons from Breguet is the La Tradition Tourbillon, which extends the tourbillon as an art form both forwards into the future and which also reaches backwards in time, incorporating one of the rarest horological complications of them all- the fusee and chain."

"Fusees in clocks and pocket watches were not great rarities but in the wristwatch they are virtually unheard of, and a combination of the fusee and tourbillon is almost unknown. Lange & Sohne has presented fusee and chain wristwatches with the tourbillon, and more recently there is the Vianney Halter Cabestan, but the Breguet La Tradition Tourbillon is a totally unique experience aesthetically."

From the very informative article by Jack Forster of Horomundi-->Link


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'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch Auction

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch Auction
The first "Only Watch" auction of 2005 was so wildly successful raising €1.9 million Euros for charity (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), there was little doubt they'd try to follow it up. Two years later, it's back with more rare machines from todays most desirable brands. The event, commissioned by Prince Albert II of Monaco, will offer 35 limited edition and one-of-a-kind prototype watches, or as the horologically correct say "Piéce Unique". The watches will be auctioned at the upcoming 2007 Monaco Yacht Show by Antiquorum. Last years largest fundraiser of €285,000 was the collaboration of Richard Mille and Philippe Starck. They have teamed up again for the ultra-futuristic model titled, “An integral interpretation in titanium" (Shown Above).

Some other highlights...

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionRodolphe "Instinct Chrono 180° Only Watch”

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionPatek Philippe, Ref 5712T “Nautilus Titanium”, Genève

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionHublot "Big Bang Only Watch” Pièce Unique.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionBreguet "Chronograph Classique A Rattrapante” No. 1 of a limited edition of 7 pieces.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionAudemars Piguet "Royal Oak Offshore Volcano”, first in the series.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctiondeLaCour "Saqra Weekend Graphite” No. 1 in a limited series of 5.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionIWC - International Watch Co. Schaffhausen “Fliegeruhr 5026, Perpetual Calendar”

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionOfficine Panerai ”Radiomir 10 Days GMT Pink Gold”

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionJaquet Droz “Les Douze Villes Monaco”


'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionPierre Kunz, “Chrono Sport Monaco” Genève

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionDe Bethune “Time-Zone No.0”
A prototype of a limited edition watch

Previously featured here.

For additional information and to see all 35 models, go here-->Link

Other brands represented at Only Watch 2007; Blancpain, Chopard, Corum, Daniel Roth, DeWitt, Eterna, Franck Muller, Frédérique Constant, Gerald Charles, Girard Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, Instrument et Mesures de Temps, Jaeger LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, Mauboussin, Omega, Piaget, Swatch, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Zenith.

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Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History
"Travelers have benefited from any number of portable timepieces over the years. During the 19th century, as more and more people began to travel by carriage, they needed timepieces that could travel with them. One such timepiece was the carriage clock, whose remarkably shockproof movement was perfected by the French watchmaker Abraham Louis Brequet in the late 18th century. In other instances, pocket watches were placed in leather holders that fit over the front board of the carriage. As inventors and manufacturers like Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, Charles and J. Frank Duryea, Henry Ford, and Ransom E. Olds furthered development of the automobile, a new breed of clock was introduced—the car clock.

By 1908, speedometer companies were producing and marketing clocks as after-market accessories. Over the next decade, the car clock grew in popularity and several companies began catering to the growing market, including the Phinney-Walker Keyless Clock Company, the Warner Instrument Company, the Seth Thomas Clock Company, the Stewart Speedometer Company, the Chelsea Clock Company, and the Boston Clock Company. In some cases, there was a clear crossover between marine clocks and automobile clocks. Waltham, a major supplier of car clocks, marketed identical timepieces for both automobiles and boats.

Manufactures gave customers many choices offering models that mounted on general interior surfaces, dashboards, steering wheels, gearshifts, and rear-view mirrors. The winding mechanisms also evolved from key-wind clocks to stem-wind clocks to rim-wind clocks. During the 1930s and 1940s, electric automobile clocks were in production, but mechanical clocks were still being offered. It was not until 1950s and 1960s that electric clocks truly dominated the market, at least up until the advent of quartz technology. Today's car clocks mostly have quartz movements, however new technologies like Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are available as both production and after-market accessories."

From the NAWCC Museum


Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1822 Carriage Clock by Breguet

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1905 Leather Dashboard Clock Holder

In the early days of the "horseless carriage", automobiles were open vehicles with a dash or kick board in front of the driver's legs. The first car clocks were often large timepieces in heavy leather holders which were slung over the dashboard.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1911 Heuer "Time of Trip"

The "Time of Trip", the first dashboard chronograph patented by (TAG) Heuer in 1911, was designed for aircraft and automobiles. Its 11-cm diameter and its size are well suited for installation on all types of dashboards. The large hands at the centre of the dial indicate the time. The small pair of hands, at the 12 o'clock position, give the duration of the trip (not exceeding 12 hours). The same button is used to start, stop and reset the clock. A small window at the 3 o'clock position serves to monitor the proper operation of the device.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1912 Brown Clock-Speedometer

Speedometers were available as standard equipment in vehicles as early as 1908, though most drivers could not afford this luxury. Often speedometers were combined with odometers, trip meters and clocks.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1925 Phinney-Walker Rim-Wind Car Clock

The "Embassy" was one of the most popular car clocks produced by Phinney-Walker. The eight day clock was wound and set by rotating the outer rim.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1925 Limosine Clock

This car clock was made by Waltham for use in Cadillac limousines. The clock would have been mounted on the partition which separated the driver from the passenger compartment.


Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1929 Waltham 8 Day
Dial color matching car color

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1932 Jaeger

Along with Sterling Electric, Jaeger was a major manufacturer of 1930s car clocks. Their clocks could be seen in Cadillacs, Packards and Lincolns in the thirties. This clock was made for the Packard Super 8.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1933 Heuer Autavia Dashboard Timer

In 1933, Heuer introduced the "Autavia", a dashboard timer used for Automobiles and Aviation (and thus the name "Autavia"). The companion "Hervue" was a clock that had an 8-day movement (meaning that it could run for eight days without being wound).

Heuer Collection at On The Dash

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1941 Packard "Woody" 110 Station Sedan Dashboard Clock

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History"The Woody"

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1950s Ford

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1951 Ford

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1952 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Station Wagon

One of the most spectacular car clocks I've seen. The clock is by far the largest feature in the entire dashboard.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock HistoryChieftain Station Wagon

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1955 Ford

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1956 Oldsmobile
clock above, car below

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History
Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1960 Oldsmobile
clock above, car below

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History
Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1965 Dodge Dart

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History1970s Cadillac

And of course, digital displays started to appear in the seventies. This one from a Cadillac featuring rolling drums of numbers like most alarm clocks of that era.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock History2006 Peugeot 908 RC concept car
by Bell & Ross

Watch brand, Bell & Ross was picked to appoint the dashboard clock in this concept car. Featuring a jumping digital hour and central minutes hand based upon their timepiece of similar design.

Time On The Road - A Dash of Dashboard Clock HistoryWatch brand, IWC with their clock
in a Mercedes S63 AMG

And if you have any unique dashboard clocks you'd like to share for a future follow-up to this posting, please email me.

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Art of Movement - Photography of Guido Mocafico

Art of Movement - Photography of Guido Mocafico
Thanks to the MB&F Our World Blog for leading me to the current exhibition of French photographer Guido Mocafico at the Hamiltons Gallery in London. His latest works are large prints of complicated mechanical watch movements including the Chopard Quantieme Perpetuel Phase de Lune above. All 105 cm x 105cm (41+"inches) each.

Artist's statement
Art of Movement - Photography of Guido Mocafico
Art of Movement - Photography of Guido MocaficoBreguet 'Tradition'

Art of Movement - Photography of Guido MocaficoAudemars Piguet 'Tourbillon Repetition Minutes Squellette'

Art of Movement - Photography of Guido MocaficoJaquet Droz 'Douze Fuseaux Horaires'

Art of Movement - Photography of Guido MocaficoA. Lange & Sohne 'Double Split'

Other movements exhibited; IWC, Gerald Genta, Greubel Forsey, FP Journe, Daniel Roth, and Patek Philippe.

Hamiltons Gallery-->Link
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