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THE WATCHISMO TIMES WATCH BLOG A reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting-edge watch designs of today.

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SIHH Premiere - Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon

Debuting in April 2008 at SIHH in Geneva, Jaeger LeCoultre will be introducing another mindblowing Gyrotourbillon movement but this time as part of the Reverso collection. The Gyrotourbillon features a spherical tourbillon with two carriages spinning on two axes freeing the regulating organ from effects of gravity in all positions. Reverso watches can be flipped over for alternative displays. The 2006 Reverso a Triptyque, one of the most complicated watches ever made and also the world's first three faced watch.

The Gyrotourbillon 1 (above), first introduced in 2006 features a double cage tourbillon with equation of time and perpetual calendar and the Master Minute Repeater that produces tones at 55 decibels or double the volume of the world’s next loudest minute repeater.

To really appreciate the Gyrotourbillon, you must see it in action as shown on the video below;

Video-->Link

History of the Reverso - In 1931 British Polo Players in India requested a watch that could be worn during the hard charging clashes on the field. Responding to this Jacques-David LeCoultre and the Societe Jaeger turned to the most capable design engineer of the time, Rene-Alfred Chauvot. Chauvot’s solution was to make a watch that was a case inside a case. The inner case contained the movement and could be pivoted within the outer case (or carriage) that comprised essentially of a skeleton and watch lugs. Once the case was pivoted or reversed, the crystal was completely protected from blows. In 1991, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s CEO Gunther Blumlein unveiled the Reverso remade into a modern high complication with the Reverso 60eme. This was followed by a Reverso tourbillon in 1993 and a Reverso minute repeater in 1993. This year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre has exploited the unique architecture of the Reverso case to create the world’s first three faced watch. Fittingly this marvel dubbed the Reverso a Tryptique offers up a golden harvest of haute de gamme complication. (via Horomundi/Revolution)

Reverso Tourbillon via Timezone

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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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Horological Crystal Ball - Sneak Peek into the Near Future

Horological Crystal Ball - Sneak Peek into the Near FutureFrom the looks of it, 2008 might be an interesting year.

More to come...

Chime in with your guesses to who is making this arcane mechanical-digital.


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Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)

Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)One of the very first owners of a MB&F Horological Machine No.2 has shared his images and thoughts-->Link

Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)
"It’s an object which I can’t stop staring at. It is anything but tactile (unlike the HM-1 which was all in curves) but I can’t stop touching it."

Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)A thermometer watch box for the HM2!


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Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating Devices

Neatorama.com has a fantastic overview of the history of computing with a special focus of early mechanical calculating devices-->LINK

Some examples from the feature;

Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesThe 2000 year old Antikythera Mechanism, the worlds oldest computing device (and 1000 years more advanced than comparable mechanisms). Only discovered 100 years ago in a shipwreck.

Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesWilhelm Schickard’s Calculating Clock (1632) that could add and subtract six-digit numbers (with a bell as an overflow alarm). This invention was used by his friend, astronomer Johannes Kepler, to calculate astronomical tables, which was a big leap for astronomy at the time. For this, Wilhelm Schickard was considered by some to be the "Father of Computer Age."

Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesBlaise Pascal’s Pascaline (or Arithmetique) from 1645 - The basic mechanism of the Pascaline is a series of gears - when the first gear with ten teeth made one rotation (one to ten), it shifts a second gear until it rotated ten times (one hundred). The second gear shifted a third one (thousands) and so on. This mechanism is still in use today in car odometers, electricity meters and at the gas pumps.

Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesGerman mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz' Stepped Reckoner of the 17th century was inspired by a steps-counting machine (pedometer) he saw to build his own calculator. Leibniz’s design used a special type of gear called the Stepped Drum or Leibniz wheel, a cylinder with nine bar-shaped teeth along its length.

Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesCharles Babbage’s Difference Engine from 1822 was considered one of the first mechanical computers. Despite of its unwieldy design, his plan called for a basic architecture very similar to that of a modern computer.

Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesDuring World War II, Nazi Germany used an electro-mechanical cipher machine called Enigma to encrypt and decrypt coded messages. It used rotors to substitute letters (for example, an "E" might be coded as "T"). The genius of the Enigma was that the machine used polyalphabetic cipher, where the rotation of the rotors allowed each subsequent letters to be encoded in a different manner. (For example, "EEE" might be become "TIF").

See the rest, including the dawn of digital computing here-->Link

via BoingBoing from Neatorama

See also;
All Watchmaking Posts
History of the First Digital Calculator Watches
1960s Juvenia Protractor Watch
Multi-Functional Watches
Slide Rule Wristwatches
Gadget Timepieces


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A Clocktease - 2008 Concord Tourbillon Gravity

A Clocktease - 2008 Concord Tourbillon GravityDeveloped with the custom tourbillon masterminds of BNB Concept, the brand Concord will be unveiling their C1 Gravity Tourbillon this April. Featuring a vertically set tourbillon visible from the side of the watch as shown here. More to come soon...

BNB helped develop
the HD3 Vulcania, Hublot Bigger Bang, and Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand Complication to name a few.

A Clocktease - 2008 Concord Tourbillon Gravity

Press release; In April 2008, Concord is renewing ties with this legacy and these origins, while remaining true to its own identity by taking a sharp new turn in both technical and aesthetic terms. The world-first C1 Tourbillon Gravity will be an invitation to ponder the history of time, while simultaneously propelling Concord into the modern age of innovation and a firmly futuristic approach. This stupefying timepiece will be equipped with a unique and complex movement based on an orthogonal mechanical concept. The vertical position of the tourbillon – the only justifiable one for a wristwatch – enables it to serve its initial and primary function: namely to compensate for the effects of gravity in a vertical position. But Concord’s creativity does not stop there. An unprecedented construction principle enables it to display a tourbillon carriage on the fringes of the actual body of the watch. Independent and apparently detached from the mechanism, it is housed outside of both the dial and the case. This feat will give watchmakers more space to create other complications “inside” the watch itself…


via Horlogerie Suisse & Le Blog des Montres

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First Hand Experience with Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece No. 1

First Hand Experience with Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece No. 1Timezoner and collector Kee Yew has purchased one of the coolest timepieces ever made, the Greubel Forsey Invention Piece No. 1. (originally featured here->link) He shares his experience and photos of this limited edition double tourbillon on Timezone-->Link (one of only 22 made)

First Hand Experience with Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece No. 1Close-up of tourbillon-orbiting indicators

The value? Let's just say that for the same price, you could buy a house or the Invention Piece No. 1.

Greubel Forsey website-->Link

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Pita RE2 Chrono by Spanish Watchmaker Aniceta Pita

Pita RE2 Chrono by Spanish Watchmaker Aniceta PitaBarcelona watchmaker, Aniceta Pita released his Pita RE2, a new chronograph with unique non-protruding case-flush pushers and crown. A member of the exclusive AHCI (Horological Academy of Independent Creators), Pita has created a limited edition of 59 RE2's featuring modified vintage Lemania 5100 movements and a patented TSM system of ball bearings to reduce friction.

Pita RE2 Chrono by Spanish Watchmaker Aniceta PitaPita website-->Link
(RE2 is not shown yet on his site)

Pita RE2 Chrono by Spanish Watchmaker Aniceta PitaAn earlier Pita "Carousel" with a single hand that is attached to the movement itself. Note the visible ball bearings.

via Timezone

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Botta Uno One-Handed Watches
Max Bill Chronoscope for Junghans
Expanding & Contracting Hand Watch


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One-Man Watchmakers Challenge the Luxury Brands

One-Man Watchmakers Challenge the Luxury Brands
Very interesting article from the Herald Tribune about the growing interest of independent watchmakers in the luxury watch market. -->LINK

"Centuries ago, watchmaking was a one-man job, or at most a small workshop process. Then the Industrial Revolution brought economies of scale and production line output, even for high-end timepieces. Modern watch manufacturers coordinate production among numerous specialists in dozens of highly skilled fields, from design to micro-machining and polishing.

Now, a few young master watchmakers are turning back the clock."

And from Harry Tan of WatchingHorology;

"For some obsessive collectors, rather than acquire high complications from big brands where many hands make a single watch, the holy grail of watches is to have a watchmaker who will have had his hands on every single element of the watch,"

"Because the dial, case, movement is made from one pair of hands, it will never be repeated to the same level of unique quality by any team of watchmakers.

"It's almost akin to Leonardo da Vinci drawing his invention and ultimately building it from scratch."


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New Les Montres Vianney Halter Website

New Les Montres Vianney Halter Website
Les Montres Vianney Halter finally has a new website featuring his entire collection. I finally get to meet Vianney in a week and if anyone has a clever question for me to ask him, let me know!

Les Montres Vianney Halter website-->Link

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Check out my $100-$100,000 holiday gift guide!-->LINK


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SIHH Premiere - Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso GyrotourbillonSteel on Steel Action - Prototype Korona K1 from Stepan SarpanevaHorological Crystal Ball - Sneak Peek into the Near FutureImpressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)Ancient Nerds - History of Computing & The Earliest Calculating DevicesA Clocktease - 2008 Concord Tourbillon GravityFirst Hand Experience with Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece No. 1Pita RE2 Chrono by Spanish Watchmaker Aniceta PitaOne-Man Watchmakers Challenge the Luxury BrandsNew Les Montres Vianney Halter Website

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