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Maximilian Büsser & Friends - The Smelling Salts of the Watch World...Wake Up and Smell The Space Pirate!

We all know there are cool watches, classic watches and collectible watches -- but then you get to the world of Horological Machines -- in a class of their own.  If that doesn't make sense to you, MB&F watches are quite honestly the Umami, that savory taste you can't quite put your finger on but you know you gotta have it. Without naming names, you very well know what watches are sweet, sour, bitter and most definitely salty!  But what you don't know, that UMAMI is the taste that doesn't get old, it only gets better with each bite!


Maximilian Büsser & Friends - The Smelling Salts of the Watch World...Wake Up and Smell The Space Pirate!


Horological Machine No.6 - now in limited "SV" editions, in sapphire crystal combined with streamlined red gold or platinum. The sapphire crystal alone requires 350 hours of careful machining and polishing, just for a single case - the equivalent of 2 months' worth of working days...

Learn more about this performance art piece . . . mbandf.com/machines/horological-machines/hm6

Meet The XERIC Xeriscope² Squared Limited Edition Watch

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MEET THE XERISCOPE² SQUARED

Be one of the select few to reserve the first 100 limited edition individually numbered Xeriscope² Squared watches.
It's been nearly a year to the day since we first launched our Kickstarter campaign for the Xeric Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Watch. We're proud that it became the most funded mechanical watch on Kickstarter.
Now we're back with a killer follow-up with the very modern Xeriscope² Squared - produced in a strict limited edition of numbered timepieces and utilizing one of the most unusual movements ever created. Once they sell out, no more will be made.
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23014-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3014 Steel & Black
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23019-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3019 All Black
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23020-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3020 Gunmetal/Brown
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23015-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3015 All Steel
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23016-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3016 Rose Gold
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23021-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3021 All Gold
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23017-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3017 Black & Tan
Xeric XeriscopeSquared XS23018-front
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3018 Silver/Brown
Xeric XeriscopeSquared-BlackSilver-caseback
Green Tinted Crystal Caseback / Numbered Limited Edition Engraving
Xeric XS23017-caseback
Blue Tinted Crystal Caseback / Numbered Limited Edition Engraving
Xeric XS23021-caseback
Yellow Tinted Crystal Caseback / Numbered Limited Edition Engraving
Xeriscope Squred Silver Black Angle
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3014 Steel & Black
Xeriscope Squred All Black Angle
Xeric Xeriscope² XS2-3019 Squared All Black
Xeriscope Squred All Steel Angle
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3015 All Steel
Xeriscope Squred Black Tan Angle
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3017 Black & Tan
Xeriscope Squred Gun Brown Angle
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3020 Gunmetal/Brown
Xeriscope2 Rose Gold Glamour
Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3016 Rose Gold

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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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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The Pita Windmills (Molinos) Prototype from AHCI Watchmaker Aniceto Jiménez Pita of Barcelona

The Pita Windmills (Molinos) Prototype from AHCI Watchmaker Aniceto Jiménez Pita of BarcelonaI'm honored to be the first watch blog to share the brand new prototype from Pita Barcelona. The Pita Molinos (Windmills) project presents a watch with no hands and no crown. Floating hour and minute gear wheels rotate around the dial to indicate the time. Shown above, the time is 12:15. The finished models should be ready by September-October 2009 and they are already taking reservations at www.pita.es

The Pita Windmills (Molinos) Prototype from AHCI Watchmaker Aniceto Jiménez Pita of BarcelonaI'm already a fan of Pita's undeniably original and minimal one-handed and carousel automatic ball-bearing movement watches. See the rest of his collection here.

The Pita Windmills (Molinos) Prototype from AHCI Watchmaker Aniceto Jiménez Pita of Barcelona
Technical Specs:

Pita Molinos (Pita Windmills) - prototype status - by AHCI watchmaker Aniceto Jiménez Pita

No hands timepiece. Floating hour and minute wheels telling directly the time, without hands. Wheels and cannon pinion elegantly maximized with embedded precious stones (laquered finish in shown prototype) to indicate the time, in an unprecedented and ethereal manner.

Symmetric case, no crown.
Pita-005 movement featuring patented Pita-TSM System (Time Setting Mechanism), replacing remontoire and winding systems developed by Pita.

Designed and handmade in Barcelona Spain. Short and numbered series.

Fully customizable. Unlimited assortment of dials, hands, straps and buckles to choose from.

Available in 18 ct. yellow / white / rose Gold, or Platinum 950.

Dimensions: 42mm, height 9,4mm. Strap 20mm.

Fly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)

Fly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)On the heels of Stepan Sarpaneva's industrial designed Korona K1 (featured previously here->link) is the phenomenal bas-relief double moonphase Korona K3. Simultaneously, he's sent me early pics of the prototype skeletonized K2 with cutout date disc (below).

More details to follow but enjoy the first looks of this Finnish line.

Fly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)White gold dimensional moonphase

Fly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)Korona K3 white gold caseback moon & winding mass

Fly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)
Fly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)Korona K2 with the skeletonized and cutout date disc


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Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & Cie

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieCornelius & Cie is a new high-end watch brand based in Geneva, Switzerland. The company was founded in the summer of 2007 and was initiated by two Dutchman, world-famous watch engraver Kees Engelbarts (1967) and jeweller Paul Pertijs (1968), crowning a friendship started while both were students at the renowned Dutch Gold- and Silversmith Academy.

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieThe company will produce extremely exclusive watches, using vintage watch movements in proprietary cases of classic but innovative design. Every single part of the movements is embellished by hand, skeletonized and/or engraved by Kees Engelbarts. Customers are offered extensive possibilities to have the watch and the movements personalized with specific engravings.

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieThe
Chronosome 46XY is the first labor of passion coming to the public eye from the Cornelius & Cie studio. The heart of the Chronosome 46XY watch is an Calibre AS 690, developed and produced by the A. Schild company in Grenchen, Switzerland, in 1935, beating at steady 18.000 b.p.h. (beats per hour)

When the strong main spring is fully wound (by hand) the movement has a power reserve of 8 days. The position of the eccentrically barrel is immediately evident by the shape of the case.
The first collection presented (in April) will consist of 12 Chronosome 46XY watches. Total production capacity of the Geneva-based workshop is expected to grow to 300 watches per year.

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & Cie
Cornelius & Cie website-->Link
via
Timezone

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All Independent Brands & Watchmaker Posts


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Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan Sarpaneva

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaHelsinki watchmaker, Stepan Sarpaneva, nephew of the famed Finnish mid-century designer Timo Sarpaneva, has produced yet another stellar timepiece -- the Korona K1. Following the success of his very limited and sold-out Supernova series (featured here->link), Stepan is quickly forming a large celestial body of work with the addition of the Korona to his intimate galaxy.

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan Sarpaneva44mm wide and 9.6mm tall, the nearly full-Finnish production is made entirely of stainless steel including the dial, date disc, hands, crown, case, and rotor. The grated dial design reminds me of the incredible variety of antique manhole covers found all over here in New York City-->Link

Curtis Thomson of Tempered-Online and Horomundi further describes the Korona's features;
"Powered by the Soprod A10, with the mainplate modified by Sarpaneva to enhance the larger "skeleton" date disc feature, the movement will be visible through its display back allowing us to see the gold plated steel rotor. (pics coming soon)

K1 will be available, as pictured, but also with a black diamond coated case and an Imperial Blue dial. The dial is made in three parts from Stainless, with these skeleton like dials are becoming a bit of a trademark for Sarpaneva. The hands are microblasted giving them a textured surface, except for their tips, which are black polished."

The Korona pricing is likely to start a bit above $8500.

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaThe first public appearance of a Korona K1 (K2 & K3) will be at the upcoming Baselworld watch fair in Basel Switzerland. Stepan will be exhibiting with superstar independents Vianney Halter and others.

Stay tuned to The Watchismo Times for updates of the latest and greatest modern horology has to offer.

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaThe skeletonized vertical date window

One of the coolest features of this watch can't really be appreciated by photographs. Each digit of the steel calendar disc is hand carved exposing the movement through the numbers!

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaHere is a clearer image of the skeletonized calendar digits

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaThe prototype Korona K1 shot direct from Sarpaneva's bench

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaThe rear rotor/winding mass

Steel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaThe black-diamond coated Korona

See all other Sarpaneva Posts;
The Sarpaneva Supernova
Blue Steel Supernova
Sarpaneva Loiste II
Eero Aarnio Prototype by Sarpaneva

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The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In Gold

The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In Gold"Many of you are aware of the automotive themed, dramatically styled watches from BRM, and I'm very happy to bring you this introduction to the BRM Birotor in rose gold, with BRM's very own in-house movement.

This is a spectacular watch, very much in the spirit of the modern watch world- a boldly designed piece that expresses from the inside out the renewed fascination of man for machinery and for the ability of watches to both be, and act as, representations of the beauty and power of machinery."
-Jack Forster of Horomundi

The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In GoldErgonomic adjustable lugs and sideview see-thru case

The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In GoldView of the shock absorbers

The watch is also available in titanium and black titanium.
This model is the BRT3, weight: 111,35 gr of rose gold. every
part, the case, the lugs, the clasp are made from a bloc of rose gold
nothing in this watch has been stamped.
Precitime movement 40x48mm
Suspended movement on triangle bridges in carbon fiber
  • Shock absorbers with cone-shaped spring, ISOLASTIC system ® (certified)
  • Differential mechanism Automatic Birotor
  • Arcap plate and bridges
  • Assembled movement and 6-sided bolts
  • Lightened bridge and plate structure
  • BRM balance with ruby gyroscopic effect
  • Double ceramic rotor bearings
  • Fortale HR aluminium rotors
  • Tantalum rotor weights
  • Bi-polar time system with double crowns (certified)
  • Ergonomic lugs with 3 adjustable positions ( certified)
  • Crown moved to 2 pm for better comfort
  • Curvilinear front and back sapphire glass
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters

  • BRT-1 Titanium case and stainless steel crown and lugs
    BRT-2 Black titanium and stainless steel crown and lugs
    BRT-3 Titanium and rose gold crown and lugs
    BRT-4 Rose gold case,crown, lugs

    The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In Gold
    The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In Gold

    The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In Gold
    B.R.M. Manufacture Website
    ( Birotor prices start at 50,000 € )

    The New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In Goldvia Horomundi


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    Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha
    Audemars Piguet Maserati Millenary MC12
    Gerald Genta Arena Chrono Quattro Retro
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    Kienzle Life 2002 Jump Hour
    Paul Smith Dashboard Watch
    Heuer Silverstone
    Heuer Ford Chronosplit
    Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Belt Drive Watch
    Dashboard Clock History
    Delorean Time DMC2 Wristwatch
    Formex Shock Absorber Watch
    Driver Watches


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    Clearly Evil - Memento Mori Crystal Skull watch from 1715 - Haunted Horology #4

    Clearly Evil - Memento Mori Crystal Skull watch from 1715 - Haunted Horology #4
    This skull watch/clock, circa 1715, by watchmaker James Harmar of London was carved from rock-crystal and fitted with a gold-mounted watch. Three-body skull, made of three solid pieces of rock crystal, the top and the bottom mounted in gold engraved frames, the lower frame housing the movement, the jaw articulated on the sides opening to expose the silver champlevé with Roman chapters and half-hour divisions, outer minute ring with Arabic five-minute numerals. Blued-steel, 'beetle and poker' hands. 39.5 mm o, hinged, gilt brass full plate, tulip pillars, fusee and chain for the going train, English single-footed cock pierced and engraved with symmetrical foliage and a mask in the base, rack and pinion with silver plate. Signed on the dial and movement. Dim. Length 85 mm, width 50 mm, height 80 mm. Published in the Sandberg book (Antiquorum), pages 376-377.

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    All Haunted Horology Posts;
    1610 Screaming Skull Clock
    Mary Queen of Scots Skull Watch
    Rolling Eyeball Skull Clocks
    All Memento Mori Posts


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    Maximilian Büsser & Friends - The Smelling Salts of the Watch World...Wake Up and Smell The Space Pirate!Thomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis TourbillonThomas Prescher's Mysterious Automatic Double Axis TourbillonThe Pita Windmills (Molinos) Prototype from AHCI Watchmaker Aniceto Jiménez Pita of BarcelonaFly Me To the Moonphase - Sarpaneva's Sculptural Slices of Cheese - The Korona K3 (& K2)Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieSteel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaThe New BRM Manufacture Birotor BRT-3 In GoldClearly Evil - Memento Mori Crystal Skull watch from 1715 - Haunted Horology #4

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