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Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch

Meet the XERISCOPE

Watchismo's first-ever creation is a jaw-dropping mechanical watch

Only 100 individually numbered XERISCOPE watches per style
Watchismo has finally taken the leap from Curators to Creators by launching our own watch brand XERIC, starting with the unveiling of the XERISCOPE Orbiting Mechanical Watch on Kickstarter.
For 15 years, we've scoured the globe to find the most interesting watches. It is clear that the world needs an unusual & affordable mechanical watch… So we've decided to make one.
Take a look and you’ll see why XERISCOPE watches by XERIC will stop strangers in their tracks for a glance at your wrist:
  • Fully-exposed, mechanical movement is the display
  • Limited edition of 100 individually numbered watches per style
  • Innovative time display with a unique double sided minute hand
  • Automatically recharges itself with the motion of your daily life: No batteries needed - Ever
This is your chance to join us in bringing to life the dream of a unique affordable mechanical watch. Buck the trend of soon-to-be obsolete gadget watches and be the most interesting person in the room. By backing our Kickstarter campaign, you can be one of the select few to own a first edition XERIC timepiece.
We value Kickstarter as a way to reach those who share our dream of making Mechanical affordable now to the visionary and stylish people who care about them.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch

Know anyone who plans to leave their smart watch to their kids? Neither do we. Let’s not plan for obsolescence. Let’s be a part of something that was perfect to begin with, and only gets better with time. Join us by making XERISCOPE watches a timeless reality.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
If people don't stop you in the street to get a closer look at the XERISCOPE, we're not doing our job!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch
A very rare mechanical function, the hour hand on the XERISCOPE Automatic is also the watch movement - fully exposed from the dial of the watch.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch
A beating mechanical heart, the mainspring of the watch pumps life into this complex time machine.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Seeing the action of the living machine on your wrist gives a thrill no electronic gadget can.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Another rarity in timekeeping, the XERISCOPE's double-sided minute hand with two-tier arc of digits.  Our watch deconstructs typical watch functionality yet remains very legible.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Wearing and winding this timepiece generates energy seen in this power reserve meter.  Much like the gas tank of your car.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
The rotor (oscillating mass) that generates the power supply to the movement, seen from the porthole caseback viewing crystal.


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Far from home? No problem, the second time zone can be set to any other location on the planet.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Each XERISCOPE is numbered from the limited edition of 100 pieces.  1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc.  A great opportunity to be a part of a very exclusive group of watch collectors...

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Our genesis, the first sketches of various design elements and technical functions of the XERISCOPE.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
We suffered every detail when developing the design in preperation for prototyping.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Technical drawing of the case and crown and other key components of the watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Wireframes of the dial layout and logo placements on dial, crown, caseback and strap.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
The prototype of our watch box is better than expected, it's esentially a sarcophagus for our XERISCOPE!

Here are the deals...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch
Our first 25 backers of each colorway get a $150-$200 savings from the expected retail prices!  The final 74 of each get $100-$150 off.  Don't miss out on this limited opportunity...

Preorder your XERIC XERISCOPE Watch on Kickstarter!

See the XERIC XERISCOPE Watches at Watchismo

See the XERICWATCHES Website 

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3019.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

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Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Xeric Xeriscope XS3018 Rose Gold & Black Watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3014.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3016.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
There's nothing quite like a mechanical watch.  The many parts of a machine all working in unison completely viewable from the front is a rare sight these days...

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Finally, a complicated mechanical watch that's also affordable!

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
A design perfected with focus on style and legibility.  The XERISCOPE is classic, yet very modern.



Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

ABOUT WATCHISMO

Watchismo.com is carefully curated watch collection by brothers Mitch & Andrew Greenblatt, modern horological enthusiasts with a passion for unique timepieces. Purveyors of wrist-borne time machines since 1999, Watchismo is a singular source for unusual modern watches from around the world.

Mitch and Andrew founded XERIC Watches to bring complex, mechanical timepieces like the XERISCOPE collection to a broad cross-section of watch enthusiasts who dream of an affordable Mechanical. Together, the brothers have carefully curated the exceptional collection at Watchismo, which since 1999 has been a singular source for unique modern watches from around the world. XERIC Watches represents a natural progression of the business: from Curators to Creators of designs that reflect their experience, knowledge and passion for the truly unusual.

THE GENESIS OF XERIC 

2009: While living in Switzerland four years ago, Mitch began doodling rough concepts for very unusual watch designs and discussing an action plan with Andrew. The brothers agreed that the watch market was riddled with extravagant watches but held a gaping hole that they could attempt to fill, if only there were a way to make an excellent mechanical watch for an accessible price.

2010: They began connecting with watchmakers in Switzerland while attending the annual Baselworld watch expo. Mitch moved home to Brooklyn, NY, and then to the San Francisco Bay area, so that the brothers at last could work side by side.

2011-2012: With feedback from their discussions with manufacturers, Mitch and Andy refined their designs and decided to name their creations after Xeric Court, the street they grew up on. Their field research continued to highlight the enthusiasm for mechanical watches among a stylish, tech-appreciative crowd that was priced out of the typical high-end Mechanicals.  All they needed to complete the XERIC team was a visionary, in-house watch designer with extensive experience in every aspect of the production gauntlet.

2013: The brothers hired Danny to help finalize the XERISCOPE design and navigate the production process, knowing he’s succeeded with similar projects for other watchmakers. The team knew they had the right movement for the XERSISCOPE and a design that would celebrate every detail of mechanical timekeeping: the watch case would need to be open on both sides and the hour hand would be a direct extension of the mechanism. Andrew, Mitch and Danny developed five distinct colorways, packaging elements and a fulfillment timeline, applying their years of experience as watch authorities, designers, distributors and retailers.

The team identified a manufacturing partner with 30 years in the watch industry, with whom they created and tweaked several waves of prototypes before finalizing the fully-viable XERISCOPE prototype.  Upon full funding, production will immediately begin for 100 first-edition pieces in each of the five colorways.

All they needed to bring the XERSISCOPE to life was involvement from fellow enthusiasts for timeless thinking, in order to attract those with the same appetite for an affordable Mechanical. The team then cultivated a plan to connect with relevant audiences via Kickstarter, where original thinking is directly rewarded by those who share a dream.

XERIC Watches embody the art of timekeeping by fusing mechanical function with timeless form in a singular machine. Designed in California, XERIC watches are produced on an artisanal scale, making high-end mechanical features accessible to a broad cross-section of horological enthusiasts. 

BRINGING THE XERISCOPE TO LIFE

For a company that has had worldwide retail fulfillment experience since 1999, meeting customer needs for a new product was no mind-blowing task; however, the XERISCOPE product line represents a new realm for an established business already catering to the desires of a global customer base.

Both internal and external factors are balanced by having a manufacturer with 30+ years of watch-specific manufacturing experience and a brand presence by an established authority in vintage and contemporary milestones in the world of watchmaking. 

All next steps in production depend on expressed interest by consumers in the presence of an affordable Mechanical timepiece. The same manufacturers who meticulously developed the prototype through the finalization process stand ready to produce this series within two months, given notice to activate production procedures once funding goals are met.

Each Limited Edition XERISCOPE watch takes its place in individually numbered series featuring a surgical grade stainless steel case; a fully-exposed, orbiting 12-hour mechanical movement with dual timezone display; retrograde power reserve meter; and case-back window for observing the oscillating rotor. No batteries required -- ever -- as XERIC watches generate power by the daily action of your wrist. 


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Mitch Greenblatt’s career path as a visual artist spans the film, television, music and advertising industries. After receiving his first watch (ever!) in 1998, Mitch began collecting and selling unusual vintage watches via Watchismo.com, with special attention to mid-century modern design. Just a few years later, he established himself as an influential watch blogger and authority on the subject of modern horology, and to this day maintains friendships spanning the horological universe. Mitch brings his deep knowledge of historical watches and innate sense of style to XERIC Watches, where he guides overall creative direction.

Andrew Greenblatt is a born entrepreneur, with a lifelong track record of success growing seedling businesses to bountiful fruition. His experience launching a profitable personal computing company at the dawn of the PC industry is a testament to his instinct for finding a viable niche and for taking the right risks at the right time. In 2008, Andrew merged retail forces with his brother Mitch to focus on truly special contemporary watches, following his heart to drive insanely deep beyond avocation to bloom vocation. Andrew is in touch with the customer base and keeps a creative and critical eye on retail market objectives for XERIC.  A passionate watch collector himself, Andrew knows how to translate an abstract concept to a concrete reality.

Daniel Hunsaker joined the XERIC team earlier this year to help make the XERISCOPE dream a reality. Danny is a watch world “insider” whose career has focused squarely on designing watches and managing product development from concept-to-market. Far from “square” though, Danny applies his sharp eye for detail and boundless creativity to create unique XERISCOPE designs and usher them through the production process. Danny brings an acute awareness of design implications for other aspects of the development trajectory.

Specifications and Functionality:


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

FIRST IMAGES OF THE DEVON TREAD 2 WATCH - Available at authorized dealer Watchismo

DEVON ANNOUNCES IMAGES OF THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO ITS GROUNDBREAKING TREAD 1, THE DEVON TREAD 2 WATCH
FIRST IMAGES OF THE DEVON TREAD 2 WATCH - Available at authorized dealer Watchismo
 DEVON TREAD 2A WATCH (STEEL/BLACK)

American timepiece manufacturer DEVON has earned a reputation for turning out dazzling designs that challenge industry conventions and create buzz all around the world.  Their debut watch, the Tread 1 recently made its way to the finals of the highly respected GRAND PRIX D'HORLOGERIE DE GENEVE in the category of Best Design and Concept Watch - a feat never before achieved by an American watch brand.  Since then people the world over have been wondering what might be coming next from this independent and bold newcomer, and now their wait is over.  Today at the Baselworld Exposition, the world's largest watch show, DEVON has unveiled its follow-up timepiece, the Tread 2.
DEVON TREAD 2B WATCH (BLACK/STEEL)

"Our products are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured in Southern California with American aerospace engineers and suppliers who are not constrained by tradition or status-quo but are accustomed to pushing the boundaries of what's been done before," said Scott Devon, the company's founder.

Tread 2 continues to use of the Tread 1's patented movement technology employing an innovative system of fiberglass-reinforced nylon Time Belts.  The belts are only 2/1000th's of an inch thick and are a technology appropriated directly out of the cockpits of airliners like the Boeing 747 where they indicated vital measurements such as air speed and fluid levels.  the belts are mounted on a central chassis and driven by two extremely compact microstep motors.  These motors and all other watch functions are controlled by a microcontroller, essentially an extremely compact computer inside the heart of the watch.  Loaded with DEVON's proprietary software, this computer manages all of the timepiece's functions and ensure precision time-keeping, the preliminary testing of which indicates an unusually accurate tolerance of only one half-second per day.

FIRST IMAGES OF THE DEVON TREAD 2 WATCH - Available at authorized dealer Watchismo
DEVON TREAD 2C (ALL BLACK)

To make the watch practical DEVON has designed the movement to be what it calls a "hybrid" - combining a highly mechanical masterpiece of moving parts with a system that stores extra energy in a lithium-polymer battery pack rather than a mainspring.  This innovation allow the Tread 2 to be offered at a relatively affordable starting price of around $10k while also offering a very generous power reserve estimated at up to fourteen days no  single charge.  As with the Tread 1, when a recharge is necessary, simply placing the watch onto its charging cradle will wirelessly charge the battery through the use of electromagnetic induction in only a few hours.

Other innovations seen on the Tread 2 include a one-of-a-kind clamp system used to secure the bezel to the case, the crown's unmistakably unique articulating arm and jeweled bearings in the movement's pulley system that ensure free and easy movement with no lubrication necessary.


Specifications
•       42mm x 38mm x 14.5mm 316L Stainless Steel case
•       1mm thick sapphire crystal
•       Water resistant to 10M
•       Black Rubber Strap
•       .002” thick glass reinforced, Nylon Time Belts©
•       Lithium polymer rechargeable battery lasts up to 2 weeks
•       Inductive wireless charging system

About Devon Works, LLC
Led by founder Scott Devon and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Devon Works, LLC is a design lab dedicated to creating innovative luxury products that exemplify the American spirit. Devon Works began with the design of the exclusive Devon GTX supercar and continued with the revolutionary Tread 1 timepiece.

Sneak Peek to Baselworld 2012 - HYT H1 - the first timepiece ever to combine mechanical and liquid engineering.

What are we getting excited to see at the 2012 Baselworld Watch Fair in Switzerland?  Topping our growing list is the HYT H1 Hydro-Mechanical watch from Vincent Perriard & co. (former CEO of Concord - and his obvious product predecessor, the C1). Prices are rumored to begin at $45,000 (for Titanium casing) which is considerably more attainable than other concept watches of this ilk.

Pistons in the movement move the bellows.  As one expands the other one compresses which moves the green Fluorescein liquid.  Fluorescein even has applications in forensics to detect latent blood stains but this is likely a first and only use in horology!

We'll be showcasing live shots in early March 2012, stay tuned to The Watchismo Times!

Technical specs from HYT:

  • Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, exclusive HYT calibre, 28,800 vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels, bridges hand-chamfered and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodiumed bellows, 65-hour power reserve
  • Functions: Retrograde fluid hours, minutes, seconds
  • Case: Titanium; diameter: 48.8 mm, thickness: 17.9 mm brushed, bead-blasted and satin-brushed finish, rubber-clad screw-lock crown, titanium crown guard, screw-locked added lugs, metal dome at 06:00
  • Crystal: Cambered sapphire crystal with glareproofed interior, screw-down sapphire back 
  • Dial: Unstructured, silver-toned opaline, fluid hours, luminescent hands and hour-markers regulator at 12:00, small seconds wheel at 09:30, power-reserve indicator at 02:30 
  • Strap: Hand-sewn leather-lined canvas, pin buckle
  • Other versions: Black DLC-coated titanium case, 5N 18K red gold case

Black DLC-coated titanium case

18k red gold case

Titanium case

The caseback view of the movement



 Video/animation of the H1

For more information, visit HYT Watches

Stepan Sarpaneva Watches to introduce 'Northern Stars' at 2011 Baselworld

Finnish Watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva keeps outdoing himself! Check out the first glimpses of the 'Northern Stars' collection, a limited (only 10!) edition of watches including his (now iconic) trademark dimensional moonphase display. I asked Stepan to describe this bold new concept, "It is about the Northern Stars, what I see during the coldest moments of the (Finnish) winter when looking at the sky."

Helsinki in Winter (shot from Sarpaneva watchmaking shop)


A few of the very first models produced

As always, featuring truly unique winding masses

Diamond coated blue steel with transparent moons and stars in which to see the hints of the movement.


Diamond Coated Black Steel Northern Star


For more information about purchasing a Sarpaneva Northern Star watch, visit the Sarpaneva website www.sarpanevawatches.com - or if you are attending Baselworld like us, be sure to stop by Stepan's booth (
Booth C01 in Hall 5.1 together with Kari Voutilainen, Grönefeld, Romain Gauthier, Kees Engelbart, Urban Jurgensen) and see these Moon-men in person before anyone else in the world!

And on another note, check out this just released short film for the Sarpaneva 'Moonshine' collection! Very cool...



The Horological Machine No 3 FROG from MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & Friends

The Horological Machine No 3 FROG from MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & FriendsSeeing a sneak peek of this prototype at Baselworld had my eyes pop out quite similarly to the Frog's bulbous displays. Originally based upon the HM3 Sidewinder & Starcruiser released last year, this alternative version features innovative domes for hours and minutes.

MB&F is the only "haute" brand I know that doesn't take themselves too seriously. They build fascinating machines blending humor and style. Sure it's an exclusive club to belong to but the inspiration is free.

The Horological Machine No 3 FROG from MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & Friends
MB&F will only craft 32 Frog movements this year: a limited edition of 12 pieces in black titanium (with green gold rotor) and 20 pieces of a non-limited titanium version (with blue gold rotor).

The Horological Machine No 3 FROG from MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & Friends
Haute horlogerie is (usually) a very restrained and serious business; however one of Maximilian Büsser main goals in creating MB&F was to bring a child's sense of awe and sense of playfulness into high-end watchmaking. There is no doubting that with the HM3 Frog, MB&F have certainly achieved that aim . . . and more! The protruding eyes of the (amphibian) frog enable it to see in many directions without having to turn its head. The bulbous domes of the HM3 Frog have the opposite, but no less important, feature of enabling the time to be easily seen from many angles without having to turn the wrist. The Frog differs substantially from HM3 in that it is the aluminum domes that rotate under the sapphire crystals in the Frog, whereas it is the hour and minute hands that rotate around their respective stationary cones on HM3.

The Horological Machine No 3 FROG from MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & FriendsRotating domes of this size and shape posed MB&F with a number of technical challenges. The hour and minute domes are machined from solid aluminium - chosen for its optimal strength to weight ratio. The domes weigh in at just over 0.5g. They are milled first from the outside and then the inside to arrive at a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28 mm, which reduces their energy requirements to an absolute minimum.

The Horological Machine No 3 FROG from MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & FriendsEven the fabrication of the semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes was incredibly demanding and only recently even possible at all. This is due to the fact that any slight imperfection in the sapphire might introduce a disconcerting magnification effect. The sapphire has to be shaped and polished to be perfectly uniform.

The Frog's unusual method of indicating time necessitated the development of a new gear train for the HM3 engine. This was because the aluminum hour dome of the Frog rotates in 12 hours compared to the 24 hour revolution of the HM3 hour hand. And as the oversized date wheel is driven from the hours, the gearing driving the date had to be reworked as well.

The Frog may portray the time in a playful manner, but there is nothing but serious and meticulous attention to detail and care regarding the fine hand-finishing of the high-tuned engine purring within its lightweight high-tech titanium case. A close inspection of the case is rewarded with carefully thought out detailing including a figure 8 engraved around the domes that mirrors the form of the display back(revealing dual ceramic bearings); distinctive clover-head white gold screws; and an engraved arrow discreetly indicating the easy to read over-sized date.

If the viewer's gaze manages to break away from the obiculate indications, it is likely to be arrested by the brightly-coloured 22K gold battle-axe winding rotor or the intricacies of the thoroughbred movement beneath.
The HM3 Frog is available in Grade 5 titanium with blued rotor or a limited edition of 12 featuring mark-resistant black-coated titanium with green rotor.

HM3 Frog – Technical Specifications
Horological Machine No3 Frog


Movement:
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
Girard-Perregaux oscillator and gear
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph.
22K blued rose gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes.
Number of jewels: 36 (all functional)
Number of components: 304

Functions:
Hour and day/night indicator on one dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
Minutes on second dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
Date around the movement

Case:
Grade 5 titanium/blue 22K gold rotor; limited edition of 12 black titanium/green 22K gold (black treated with mark-resistant silicon oxide)
Screwed-down crown
Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs): 47mm x 50mm x 16mm
Number of case components: 53

Sapphire crystals:
Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
Domes for indications: in aluminium, 0.58g

Dials:
Rotating aluminium domes, stationary hands

Strap & Buckle:
Black hand-stitched alligator with 18K white gold & titanium custom designed deployment buckle


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Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve"One of the horological highlights of Baselworld has to be the incredible rebellion T-1000 featuring 1000 hour power reserve, 6 mainspring barrels, two tiny chains, a double hairspring, titanium case and aluminum chassis."

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve
Special thanks to Ian Skellern of UNDERTHEDIAL for his images and descriptions.

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve
The 6 barrels are wound by this patented innovative (patented) lever that hinges upward from the case.

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power ReserveThe winding lever clicks into place and looks integral to the case.

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power ReserveThe force require to wind the T-1000 is very light and there is a tactile clicking ratchet sound as the lever is moved up and down.

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve
On both sides of the T-1000 movement, a tiny chain distributes power between 3 barrels.

Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve
Rebellion T-1000 Vertical Roller Timepiece with 1000 Hour Power Reserve
REBELLION T-1000

With a mind-blowing power reserve of more than 1,000 hours - that's more than 40 days - the T-1OOO doesn't simply push back the boundaries of the possible, it destroys them and creates its own reality.

Baselworld, March 2010 – After the successful presentation in January of The Predator, their first watch with a round case, Rebellion launched themselves into the creation of a never-before-realized challenge: creating a watch with a power reserve of more than 1,000 hours!

The T-1OOO – birth of a challenge
It was in June 2008, after the famous 24 hours of Le Mans car race, in an atmosphere rich with the smell of motor oil and hot engines, that the team at Rebellion thought, "If we can transform these fine-tuned racing thoroughbreds into 24-hour long distance endurance racers, why not do the same with a watch? Why not see just how long the power reserve could be?"
Sporting a body of pure design
The body of the T-1OOO was designed in a collaboration of Eric Giroud and Rebellion. The case was developed concurrently with the movement to ensure completely harmonious integration. There is a sensation of flying as the viewer gazes down through the massive opening to the vertical roller-borne time indications below. Attention then plunges towards 6 o'clock, where the inclined double balance releases the immense power at a precisely controlled rate. A window in the side of the case reveals one of the mainspring barrels, with markers providing a natural "Fuel Gauge" of the state of the power reserve.

Controlling the power
Housed three on each side of the body are the six mainspring barrels providing T-1OOO with its colossal energy reserve. The over-sized winding lever endows the T-1OOO with a strong and virile identity as well as an ergonomically tactile pleasure while "filling the tank". The streamlined downward taper of the case from the centre to 6 o'clock furnishes further evidence of Rebellion's car racing pedigree. A pedigree reinforced by the fact that a patented time-setting clutch activated by a push button in the crown makes setting the time as simple (and as pleasurable) as changing gears. The three rounded structures each side of the case provide a hint to the complex engineering within, while the innovative architecture of the majestic case is in perfect tune with the demand for exceptional contemporary horology.
A true racing machine
The power reserve of more than 1,000 hours is possible thanks to the six mainspring barrels that provide the T-1OOO with its exceptional capacity. In a patented system of energy distribution, six barrels are wound in parallel via a central prop shaft driving two chains, but they discharge in series (2 x 3) to optimize a regular power supply to the regulator. The technical ability behind the realization of this elegant technical solution came directly from Rebellion's long experience in endurance car racing and the Rebellion Racing team.

T-1OOO - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  • Limited edition: 100 pieces
  • Calibre: REB T-1000, manual winding with integrated winding lever
  • Jewels: 14 ceramic & 22 rubies
  • Balance: double hairspring inclined at 39°
  • Winding system: Patented system of six mainsprings wound in parallel by chain and prop shaft.
  • The barrels discharge power in series to provide an optimal torque curve.
  • Indications: hours and minutes displayed on rollers
  • Power reserve: 1'000+ hours provided by six (2 x 3) vertical mainspring barrels
  • Number of components: 693 for the chassis
  • Balance frequency: 18'000 bph (2.5Hz)
  • Material: case in titanium and chassis in aluminium
  • Dimensions: 46,7 mm X 46,9 mm / 19,5 mm
  • Crown: time-setting mechanism using patented push-button clutch system
  • Water resistance: 50 metres
  • Strap: black alligator leather
  • Buckle: patented folding clasp with micrometric push button regulation allowing easy adjustment of length on the wrist.
Rebellion Timepieces Website


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MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NUMBER 4 "THUNDERBOLT" Sneak Peek into the engine of the HM4

MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NUMBER 4 In July 2010 MB&F will unveil its most radical Machine to date: The HM4 - Horological Machine No4 - "Thunderbolt".

As this image of the Engine of "Thunderbolt" reveals, Horological Machine No4 will feature a calibre that is a complete departure from any watch movement known today.

Max just forwarded me these early images of the movement and mentioned:

"I think people will start finally understanding why we call our movements “engines”.

I wanted to present the Engine alone so that all attention can be given to this amazing piece of machinery/horology. The whole idea of MB&F being about creating “kinetic art which gives time”, this HM4 engine symbolizes pretty well our creative philosophy."

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MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NUMBER 4 MB&F (Maximilian Busser & Friends) was founded in 2005 by Maximilian Busser, former Managing Director of Harry Winston Rare Time Pieces and creator of the revolutionary Opus series. By harnessing the power of the Friends, dedicated collectives of the top independent artisans and watchmakers in Switzerland, MB&F creates contemporary time-telling mechanical sculptures. Each MB&F Horological Machine represents the best of the best in the world of watches. By giving full credit to the all star team creating each Machine, the pieces become a showpiece for the most cutting edge designs, the best finishing, the integration of new technologies, in all the highest quality possible.

MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NUMBER 4
Possible Star Wars inspiration?

MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NUMBER 4
MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NUMBER 4

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The Hands of Time - 25 Year Anniversary of the AHCI Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants

The Hands of Time - 25 Year Anniversary of the AHCI Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs IndépendantsThe Hands of Time, by watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin and watch journalist Ian Skellern, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the AHCI by chronicling the academy’s history and providing biographies and photographs of 31 current members. The members include some of the independent watchmaking and clockmaking world's best... Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk, Svend Andersen, Vincent Calabrese, Aaron Becsei, Robert Bray, Philippe Dufour, Paul Gerber, Beat Haldimann, Vianney Halter, Francois-Paul Journe, Christian Klings, Rainer Nienaber, Aniceto Pita, Thomas Prescher, Antoine Preziuso, Peter Speake-Marin, Andreas Strehler, Christiaan Van der Klaauw, Kari Voutilainen, Volker Vyskocil, and more worth discovering

Just released! Order the book here-->AHCI Book

The Hands of Time - 25 Year Anniversary of the AHCI Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants
The Hands of Time - 25 Year Anniversary of the AHCI Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants

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The 4N MVT01 Four Numbers Disc Watch by François Quentin

The 4N MVT01 Four Numbers Disc Watch by François QuentinAn interesting new concept watch from new brand 4N is being developed by François Quentin, one of the co-founders of the very cool independent watch brand HAUTLENCE.

4N was born from the desire to create a simple digital display and propose a mechanical alternative to analogue timepieces with moving hands. The name of the brand is derived from "4 Numbers", which refers to the four digits on a digital counter which represent the tens of hours, hours, tens of minutes and minutes. For more, visit the official 4N website.


The 4N MVT01 Four Numbers Disc Watch by François Quentin
The 4N MVT01 Four Numbers Disc Watch by François Quentin
The 4N MVT01 Four Numbers Disc Watch by François Quentin
The 4N MVT01 Four Numbers Disc Watch by François Quentin

Limited edition of 16 in 18-carat white gold and 16 in platinum



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Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon

Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon
I'm looking forward to seeing this in person at Baselworld in a few weeks!


"Thomas had a problem:
How to make the visibility of the tourbillon even better than his present watches.
The solution:
Just tuck everything except the tourbillon out of the way."

-Watchprosite


Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon

"A vision. That is normally the beginning of a time sculpture manufactured by Thomas Prescher. Guided by the idea to improve the perfect visibility of the central elements of his multi Axis Tourbillon Thomas Prescher composed a new breathtaking piece of art.

Only time, Tourbillon, calendar and oscillating weight are visible. The movement is completely hidden.

Place to hide the movement was found left and right in the case, hidden by the bezel. Because the space is very limited the parts of the movement had to be located on both sides.
Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon
Later, resting in a hammock the idea was born to create an automatic movement with horizontal swinging oscillating weight. To crown this exceptional piece of art, it was a logical decision to choose something special for the heart of this watch. The escapement with its beating balance has to be a flying Double Axis Tourbillon with constant force.
The idea to add a calendar to this creation came while observing some people entering a giant swing. They could move on the surface of the swing. Why not create an oscillating weight with integrated calendar indications and let the gravity take the calendar on the oscillating weight remains always horizontal.

Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon
This mysterious watch with its transparency led automatically to the wish to wear it from sides, front and back. With the calendar located on the flat side of the oscillating weight this indication is always facing upward. It can be read regardless of which side of the watch is up.
Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis TourbillonRespecting the aspects of harmony was an important point. Two crowns were used to keep the beauty of symmetry with. One crown is used for winding and the other for setting time and calendar. Both crowns build the main symmetry axis. Now it was necessary to build the optical balance between the oscillating weight on one side and the indication of time on the other side. For that reason a three dimensional moon was placed between the two barrels, indicating the hours and minutes.

Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis TourbillonFinally, placed on a turning axis, held by a carrying arm the carriage is rotating around itself. These two synchronized motions create a gyro scoping image immediately taking full attention.
A mesmerizing kinetic sculpture is born."

Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon
Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon
Photos by Watchprosite
Visit PuristPro for more details or watchmaker Thomas Prescher Haute Horlogerie website


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