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Second Memoire 1 Video Tease from Maurice Lacroix


Part of the very well conceived marketing campaign by Maurice Lacroix for their upcoming "Memoire1" chronograph. Billed as the most complicated three hand chronograph ever, the watch is also credited to have chrono functions that can remembered, stored, and redisplayed -- A feat never accomplished before. Basically, you can switch back and forth from the running chronograph functions to the time and back again while the watch 'remembers' it's calculations that weren't displayed. Not sure why this is good, but whatever, I enjoy snowballing the hype! Hopefully the design will live up to it.

More to come...

Here is my previous post about the Memoire1 with mechanical memory-->Link


Video-->Link



For further information, check out JAW's post at Horomundi-->Link

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Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.

Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.Count how many times they say "Fine Watch Fine" in this 1947 Jam Handy film for the Hamilton Watch Company and you'll get dizzy. Also, hang in there through the awesomely corny beginning for the high tech American watchmaking bravado that follows. Video-->Link

Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.
"How A Watch Works", Jam Handy's 1949 educational film about mechanical wristwatches and how they work. Video-->Link

Thanks to Archive.org for these kitschy nuggets of watchmaking history!


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Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few YearsBridging the gap between battery draining LED (light emitting diodes) and the more economical LCD (liquid crystal displays) was a brief period (1974-76ish) when both displays were used in one watch. Their purpose was primarily for displaying the time both day and night as internal lamp functions were not fully developed. Very few brands used this configuration but featured here are most of them...

1975 Longines Gemini II - module by Hughes Aircraft Co. (original advertisement above and detail photos below)

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
1975 Heuer Chronosplit, a sports timer and watch, later made with dual LCD displays. This version is the rarest.

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years1975 Heuer (pre-Tag) Chronosplit Ad

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years1976 Helbros

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
1976 Longines -->Link

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
Croton "Terrestrial" -->Link

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years



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The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
I've written about this watch in the past, never really seemed it would be produced - but lo and behold, it
has been realized. Jean-François Ruchonnet of the DMC Group, the man responsible for the phenomenal belt-driven Tag Heuer V4 (which by the way, is also now a reality->Link) has taken Vianney Halter's vision to an official and public reality. Being sold in a variety of styles, seen at the official Cabestan website-->Link, you could buy one for between $275,000 and $400,000 (approx) but you'd be out of luck, all models for 2007 have sold out. And with plans for four watches a month in 2008, you might wanna rob that bank you always had your eye on...You know, the one with the sleepy security guard.

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
Available in titanium, yellow gold and rose gold
(top of page features black cylinder version)
As well as the all black titanium below

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
And with the demand for bling versions of everything, yo, the encrusted diamond Cabestan

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
Ah, the winch driven chain-fusee movements do move me!

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
Cabestan Website-->Link
Search all past Cabestan posts-->Link




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Culture de la Haute Horlogerie Films

Culture de la Haute Horlogerie Films
A very thorough and interesting series of videos by the Culture de la Haute Horlogerie. Featuring everything from the watch designer to the guilloche artist. Click the images below to see them.

Culture de la Haute Horlogerie FilmsDressing the Watch



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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
Mocafico website-->Link

via MB&F 'Our World' Blog-->Link



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Centigraphe Souverain by F. P. Journe


"The Centigraphe Souverain from F.P. Journe. An in-house designed and manufactured fully-integrated chronograph, beating at 21,600 bph AND able to record elapsed time down to a mechanically nanoscopic 1/100 of a second! Combined with the tachometer scales, being able to measure intervals of 1/100th second makes it theoretically possible to time something moving at 360,000 km/hr."

- From Ian Skellern's great post in Horomundi-->Link He also shot the video below showing off the hummingbird paced functions.


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Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979

Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979
A cell phone vision from the 1979 book "Future Cities - Homes & Living into the 21st Century". Page 12 foreshadows a telephone wristwatch (they even speculate the nickname "The Risto") connected by satellites and capable of electronic mail and most surprisingly, electronic voting. All activated by pressing the aerial pop-out button!

Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979Cover of the book

Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979
via Paleo-Future

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X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2

X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2Look into the innards of the HM2 (Horological Machine #2) by Max Busser & Friends. Due out later in the year (not at Basel World), this specifically designed movement by a relatively unknown watchmaker handpicked by Max and he is keeping him secret (as well as the watch functions) until the release date nears. He also added, "The case will not mimic the movement but you will understand the architectural link between both of them."

Max further explained, "Eric Giroud, the designer with whom I develop my creations, and I designed the first version of HM2 by April 2005 (I was still at that time at the head of Harry Winston) but we scrapped everything and started again end of 2005. This movement and watch is the result. The movement you see is functional and has been working for the last four weeks. We expect to deliver the first watches end of the year. You can see by the shape of the movement that it does not resemble HM1 at all. That is part of the philosophy of our Concept Label – each year (if possible) we will come out with a completely different piece of horology in shape and functions. But one point is crucial: the movement will always be designed specifically for the watch. I can also tell you that the Master watchmaker who developed it is virtually unknown to the public (maybe to some hardcore aficionados) and so I am very proud to promote his virtually unknown talent."

X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2
X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2I welcome any thoughts or projections of what this movement is capable of. Email me

X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2
X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2The original HM1

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MB&F HM1-->Link
MB&F Website-->Link


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1970s Girard Perregaux Quartzwerk

1970s Girard Perregaux Quartzwerk1969, Swiss brand Girard Perregaux designed and produced a quartz movement with a frequency of 32,768 hertz, which became the universally accepted standard for all watches with quartz movements, including those made in Asia. This standard frequency was a veritable technical breakthrough.

The early 70s model shown here has a design mimicking the components of the quartz module with bright Tron-style colors for the circuits. Japanese brands like Seiko weren't the only ones nailing the coffins of the mechanical market, the Swiss helped pull the nails from inside the box and with great precision.


1970s Girard Perregaux Quartzwerk
1970s Girard Perregaux Quartzwerk

From the Beyer Collection
Girard Perregaux History



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Second Memoire 1 Video Tease from Maurice LacroixJam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few YearsThe Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!Culture de la Haute Horlogerie FilmsArt of Movement - Photography of Guido MocaficoCentigraphe Souverain by F. P. JourneSatellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #21970s Girard Perregaux Quartzwerk

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