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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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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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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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Intimate Relations with Greubel Forsey's Multi-Axis Tourbillons

Two new videos featuring the actions of Greubel Forsey's (multi-axis) Tourbillon 24 Secondes Incline and Double Tourbillon 30º.





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The inventions of Greubel Forsey

And my personal favorite, the Invention Piece no.1

Greubel Forsey website-->Link


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Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of Time

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of Time The TEMPUS TIME TEMPLE All‐Black Commemorative Collection

I'm not sure what happened or when but it seems everyone and their mother wants an all black watch these days. Whether it's PVD coated, carbonized, ceramic or whatever, people want to be apart of the horological Blacksploitation of luxury timepieces. So...that brings me to the September 2007 Tempus "Temple of Time" watch festival in Singapore. Put together by The Hour Glass, it's the largest watch event in Asia and likely becoming one of the most influential. KokChoon of Horomundi.com has detailed the information for this All Black series here-->Link

He's also has taken some great photographs of the prototype black PVD RM016 by Richard Mille (shown above) and more here-->Link


The RM016, encased in special micro-sandblasted, titanium, features a skeletonized automatic winding movement with hours, minutes, date and adjustable rotor geometry. The design allows the wearer to optimize and personalize the movement's winding mechanism to suit both sporting and non-sporting environments. Edition of 25
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Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeJAEGER-LECOULTRE Gyrotourbillon All Black
Edition of Three

The limited edition Gyrotourbillon, 18k yellow gold covered in black, spherical tourbillon, equation of time, perpetual calendar, date/month/year retrograde indication and eight day power reserve.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeAUDEMARS PIGUET Maserati MC12 All Black
Edition of One

On the heels of the Audemars Piguet’s, Maserati MC 12 roadcar inspired timepiece, the limited edition Black Millenary MC12 Tourbillon and chronograph. A reinterpretation of its predecessor’s engineering and aesthetics.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeDE BETHUNE Big Power All Bl ack
Edition of Ten

Features the DB22 movement of the De Bethune “Power” series, with a patented new function which allows the speed’s regulation of the winding system through the crown in the middle position. Set it in standard position for a quiet motion or in sport position for an active response.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeHUBLOT Bigger Bang All Black
Edition of Five

The Bigger Bang is the world’s first tourbillon column-heel chronograph with direct coupling on a flying tourbillon.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeHUBLOT Big Bang All Black
Edition of 50

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeCarrera Calibre 360
Edition of Ten

The Carrera Calibre 360 PVD, the world’s first ever 1/100th mechanical wrist chronograph with a movement 10 times faster than the fastest movement in any watch.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeSINN U1 Diver
Edition of 250

Made of German submarine steel, tested by Germanischer Lloyd, the global authority in pressure testing of submarines.

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Sensory Overload! Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

Sensory Overload! Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
"This year the Aeternitas has morphed into the Aeternitas Mega, a series of 4 different ultra-complicated watches. The Aeternitas Mega 1 contains an automatic grande et petite sonnerie with Westminster carillon and tourbillon; the Mega 2 is a rattrapante chronograph with tourbillon; the Mega 3 offers a 1000-year perpetual calendar with tourbillon and 2 additional timezones; and finally the Mega 4 (pictured) contains all of the above - grande et petite sonnerie with Westminster carillon, rattrapante chronograph, tourbillon, 2 additional timezones and 1000-year perpetual calendar."

Nice shots of the latest prototype at The Purists-->Link

More technical details and photos of the entire Aeternitas series at Le Journal De La Haute Horlogerie-->Link

Franck Muller-->Link



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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch
Antiquorum's continuing record breaking auctions are reflecting and establishing the booming market for rare & luxury timepieces. Besides the highest price achieved by the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon for $1.2 million dollars at the recent New York auction, there was the fascinating Royal Oak Concept watch by Audemars Piguet. Produced in a series of 150 between 2002-2004, selling for $155,000, with nearly all pre-sold and nearly impossible to find nowadays. The June, 2007 price topped $232,000.

At the time one of Audemars Piguet’s most complicated watches and most innovative model. Entirely developed and built by AP’s subsidiary Renaud & Papi, the “CW 1” concept watch celebrates 30 years of “Royal Oak” history and breaks new ground with its highly unusual technical features;
  • Instantaneous "Dynamograph" mainspring torque indicator.
  • Electro-erosion formed titanium shock absorbers to protect the tourbillon cage - shock resistance to multiple G's (rumored to be 50) well beyond the shock tolerance of the human body.
  • A clutch system with mode pusher and indicator to wind the watch or change the time.
  • An innovative linear power reserve indicator, which is calibrated for the number of turns the barrel makes (one barrel rotation equals circa 6 hours of operation).
  • The watch case is machined from Alacrite 602, a new super-alloy used in aero-technology and medical applications. It consists of 57% Cobalt, 31% Chrome, 5% Tungsten and trace amounts of Carbon, Silicon and Iron. The material is extremely hard (Vickers Rate of 430).
The caliber 2896 is not based on any previous movement blank or ebauche, not even as a starting point. Completely and radically new, "from the ground up," every major structure, plate, sub-system and assembly is conceived and produced in-house.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept WatchDetail of shock-absorbing Tourbillon suspension (left)
and sub-second and crown function setting indicator (bottom)
(Remontoir / Neutre / Heures)


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept WatchSee-thru Sapphire case-back

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept WatchAntiquorum Model


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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
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The Latest Cabestan Photographs

The Latest Cabestan PhotographsI've been waiting to see more extensive photos of the Cabestan by Vianney Halter and Jean-François Ruchonnet of the DMC Group. So thanks to SuitbertW who just shot these for The Purists. The Cabestan has yet to go into production (as far as I know) and these prototypes seem to be the only existing specimens so far.

The rolling barreled displays are powered by chain links and fusee wound by a winding winch!

Mechanical specs below photos;

The Latest Cabestan Photographs
The Latest Cabestan Photographs
The Latest Cabestan Photographs
The Latest Cabestan Photographs
A spectacular architecture
(via EuropaStar)

This really spectacular architecture seems to be absolutely original. The mechanical design of the Cabestan, including its tourbillon, is totally transversal. The indications (hour, minute, seconds, and power reserve) appear on the cylinders located at the four “corners” of the watch.
Starting from the lower left, we find the barrel, which transmits its driving power to the movement by the intermediary of a chain. This chain is connected to a second cylinder, at the upper left, made up of one part of a fusee (placed horizontally as opposed to the traditional fusees that are always vertical), and the other of the cylindrical power reserve indicator (a total of 72 hours).

Still on the upper end, but this time on the right, we find two cylinders next to each other, providing the perfectly readable hours and minutes. In the lower right hand corner, we can see the tourbillon, which is also placed vertically and is directly linked to another cylinder, which quite logically gives the seconds indication, as the tourbillon makes one rotation per minute.
This completely original mechanical movement, with manual winding, a fusee and a tourbillon, integrates six ball bearings into its operation. It is also water-resistant to 30 metres. The entire movement is visible from above and from the side, under a double sapphire crystal (“Trimaran” model) with three recessed and curved sides, taking the form of a “hood”, all in a very sturdy design.

Winding the watch and setting the hour and minutes are effected using a winding stem in the form of a movable “winch” that links directly to one of the small “capstans” that are found at the four exterior angles of the case: at the upper left, it acts directly on the fusee and, by the intermediary of the chain, allows the barrel to be wound; at the upper right, it acts on the minute cylinder which is connected to that of the hours. The two other small “capstans” are only there for decoration and to complete the aesthetics of the case. Once the small winch is used, it is easily stored in the buckle of the watch’s bracelet.

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Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)A Clocktease - 2008 Concord Tourbillon GravityFirst Hand Experience with Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece No. 1New Photos of the Breguet Tradition 7047 Fusee TourbillonIntimate Relations with Greubel Forsey's Multi-Axis TourbillonsBlack is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeSensory Overload! Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept WatchThe Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!The Latest Cabestan Photographs

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