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Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon

Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
Well, since the Opus 5 concept watch 'Time Bandit' was never made, I guess I'll have to settle for this Girard Perregaux '1945 Jackpot Tourbillon'. Just introduced this week at the Geneva SIHH show, this hautegadget has an actual miniaturized mechanical slot machine just above the hands and tourbillon. Each roller has five symbols , hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes, and three liberty bells for jackpot. When the arm on the side is pulled, the spin also activates a striking mechanism of chiming gongs - for those vintage casino sounds. While modern barreled watches like Jean Dunand's Shabaka and the vintage rollers of the Patek Cobra incorporate timekeeping to this inventive display, the GP Jackpot represents what one-armed-bandits do best, taking lots of your money.

Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot TourbillonThe specs;
• 18k pink gold case
• Dimensions: 43.00 x 43.95 mm
• Height: 17.30 mm
• Antireflective sapphire crystal
• See-through case back, fastened with 4 screws
• Water-resistant to 30 metres
• Movement GIRARD-PERREGAUX GPFAY08
• Jackpot Tourbillon under gold Bridge
• Mechanical with manual winding
• Calibre: 38.60 x 32.60 mm
• Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
• Power reserve: minimum 96 hours (4 days)
• Functions: hour, minute, small seconds on the Tourbillon
• Slot machine and striking mechanism
• Alligator straps with folding buckle

via Timezone

Related posts;
Time Bandit
Patek Philippe Cobra
Jaz Derby Swissonic
Jean Dunand Shabaka

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Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'

Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'
Thanks to Ian Skellern, Wei Koh and Josh at Horromundi / Revolution who met with Stephen Forsey and Robert Gruebel at Baselworld for the amazing first photos of the prototype 'Invention Piece 1'. The dynamic duo dubbed Greubel-Forsey have been creating spectacular timepieces since they teamed up in 1999. And coming off the Opus 6, they are back and badder than ever with this Invention Piece 1. A series of 22 watches, 11 in red gold and 11 in white gold. A truly spectacular wristwatch with time indicators revolving around the edges of the open double tourbillon 30°.

Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'Ian explains the timekeeping;
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Not quite sure how to tell the time? The red arrow pointing towards the center of the dial indicates the hours, while the blue arrow displays the minutes. The inside tourbillon cage rotates in two minutes so there are two arrows 180° apart. The time shown above is 5:17. To complete the indications on the dial we have traditional seconds at 11 and 72 hour power reserve at 2."

Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'
Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'
Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'The story of Greubel Forsey and the Double Tourbillon 30°
is painstakingly engraved on the back.

Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'
Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'Be sure to check out their impressive new website (with videos) showcasing their latest inventions (shown below)-->Link

Attack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'Their new Double Tourbillon 30° (left)
and Tourbillon Seconde Incline (right)

Related Links;
Opus 6 by Greubel Forsey-->Link
Greubel Forsey-->Link


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Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication

Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication
A former concept watch called the Vulcania has become flesh and bone. Designed by Fabrice Gonet for the three year old brand HD3 Complication. A trio-collective started by Jorg Hysek where he, Gonet and Valerie Ursenbacher design watches from their wildest imaginations.

The Vulcania name derives from the Jules Verne Steampunk hero, Captain Nemo and the island which was his home port. Like many of his contemporaries, Gonet has deconstructed the watch with its functions in a deeply set three-dimensional display, separating each gauge as a tribute to vintage naval technology both fictional (Nautilus) and fact (Turn-of-the-century mechanical submarines). The hours are determined from the rotating wheel cylinders on the left, the minutes on a disc like a ship's Chadburn Telegraph, a sextant style power reserve indicator, porthole loupe date window, and highlighted by the tilted bi-axial tourbillon. All the watch functions can be seen through its front and rear sapphire glass panels, side-viewing porthole, and the back plate has an etched map with its coordinates engraved on it. The case is titanium and platinum.

I've been pacing like an expecting father for this baby to come out! So pass out the cigars to the lucky few - and by few, I mean only 11 Vulcania will be made. The coming out party will be in Geneva Switzerland at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in April. The price? If you have to ask...

Down Periscope!

HD3 Complication --> Link

Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication
Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 ComplicationClose-up of rear plate with map/coordinate engraving

Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication
Related stories;
Maximillan Busser Horological Machine #1
Vianney Halter's Antiqua & Trio & Cabestan
Jacob & Co. Quenttin
Jorg Hysek Raptor
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Top Secret Design Revealed! The Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand Complication

Top Secret Design Revealed! The Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand Complication
Only shown as a big question mark on the Bell & Ross homepage with a countdown for its Basel World unveiling. The new BR01 Grand Complication features a Tourbillon and what appears to be a 'Thrust' indicator? I can maybe assume this watch measures G-Forces (previously featured G-Force watch --> Link). Makes sense, the BR01 Instrument series are designed to look like aeronautical gauges anyway...

via Professional Watches

UPDATE: Thanks to Alex of QP Magazine for not only seeing the gauge says (oddly) 'Trust' rather than Thrust and both him and Stepan Sarpaneva for pointing out the likelihood of it being a Dynamographe-style Mainspring Torque Indicator as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon shown below;


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Zenith Defy Xtreme Open Stealth Chronograph


Black is the new black with the solid black titanium limited edition (100 models) Zenith Defy Xtreme Open Stealth Chronographs. An El Primero, the latest caliber 4021SX automatic movement from their brand-defining engines. Appearing to have high-speed fan blades for chronograph registers, the Stealth version ends up more dangerous looking than the original Defy Xtreme Citius, Altius and Fortius


Rectangular Grande Port-Royal Tourbillon Chronograph with El Primero 4007. Inspired by martial arts and New York City bridges according to Thierry Nataf, CEO and Artistic Director of Zenith.

See the evolution with some of the original Vintage Zenith El Primero Chronographs --> Link


MB&F : Maximilian Busser & Friends Horological Machine No.1


Even if the new company Max Büsser & Friends were a dangerous cult, I might likely find myself selling flowers and handing out booklets in the airport for them. In fact, I'm not even sure you can call it a company anyway, it's really more of a commune for wayward horological geniuses.

This, the first watch of the new brand, the 'HM1' or more specifically, Horological Machine #1' has popped the cherry of the traditional flat hands-on-dial timepiece by creating a multi-layered three-dimensional time machine. Timing has been deconstructed by separating the hours from minutes into two overlapping dials, much like a splitting egg. But Max's 'Friends' are close to splitting atoms with the level of technical intricacy. The dials feature transverse mounted floating sapphire subdials connected by a raised central flying central tourbillon and four massive mainspring barrels fueling a seven-day power reserve. The two beryllium gear trains run in parallel to reduce torque of each mainspring, improving synchronization between them. The entire watch caliber is built from scratch.

Only thirty HM1 will be built per year, limited to a total of 100 models ever made and prices exceeding $100,000 USD. According to Max himself, upcoming Horological Machines will pass the baton further with each lap. The next Machine is slated for an October release and be sure to check here for any advance looks!

Max Büsser, the man I believe is responsible for leading this new age of independent watchmaking - mostly due to his previous time-bending series of Opus watches for Harry Winston Rare Timepieces. Like Malcolm Mclaren, Max assembled the Sex Pistols of the watch world by matching some of the most unique talent to create timepieces unlike anything ever seen before. Pairing genius minds like F.P. Journe, Vianney Halter, Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei who all inconceivably blend design and micro-engineering to radical works of horological art. The HM1 was conceptualized by Büsser, designed by Eric Giroud, a former architect, and built by movement engineers Laurent Besse and Peter Speake-Marin. The known and unknown talent will be assembled and rotated from machine to machine where everyone involved is given credit for their hand (or wrist) in the project.

Much like a rock star leaving a successful band in pursuit of a solo career, Büsser left the Opus project at it's peak to begin MBandF, the first cultish independent collective where he is the charismatic spiritual leader.

Front-view (via Revolution)
Sideview of raised sapphire subdial next to central tourbillon



The HM1 rotor - Inspired by the battle-axe of the Mecha character 'Goldorak UFO Grendizer', from the 1975 Japanese Manga Max loved as a kid.

Exploded view of the movement

Internal Art - Richard Mille Tubular Tourbillon '012'

Well, it's 'Tube Week' at The Watchismo Times. Featuring everything cylindrical, rolling, and tubular including this Rube Goldberg-esque mechanical masterpiece by Richard Mille. The '012' Tourbillon wristwatch is one of only 30 Platinum models made and features an architecturally engineered movement worthy of exhibition.


"Aluminium Alloy winding barrel, going train and tourbillon cage
The aluminum alloy Anticorodal 100 (AlMgSi1) is normally used in industrial engineering applications such as skyscrapers, ships and sports cars and is composed of aluminum, magnesium and silicium. This particular alloy was selected for its combined qualities of low mass inertia, endurance and dynamic strength, the special ability to absorb vibrations and a high resistance to corrosion and wear."

Rolling Out The Jacob & Co. 'Quenttin' Watch



Jacob & Co.'s unexpected offering named the Quenttin - from their über 'Bling' watch line. A 56mm vertical barreled wristwatch - competing aesthetically with the Cabestan, both with such limited production, there should be room for more roller wheel display watches and hopefully one that doesn't cost hundreds of thousands of dollars like these. The Jaz Derby first created this style with their Swissonic in 1974.Built from either Magnesium, Rose Gold, White Gold or Platinum, fit with vertical mechanical movement wound by key, anchor mounted in Tourbillon cage & 31-day power reserve.




Opus 6 by Greubel Forsey for Harry Winston

Opus 6 by Greubel Forsey for Harry Winston

Harry Winston Opus 6


The Opus series for Harry Winston has produced some of the most phenomenal timepieces in history. Designed and built by "mechanical architects" Robert Greubel & Stephen Forsey, the sixth in a series of collaborations with independent watchmakers taking complications to a new level of complicated.

Greubel & Forsey (Opus 6) along with previous designers Vianney Halter (Opus 3), Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei (Opus 5) have all been creating new inventions of timekeeping, new mechanics of time making and new aesthetics of time viewing. It also may require new methods of moneymaking.


Opus 3 by Vianney Halter

Opus 5 by Felix Baumgartner & Martin Frei (of Urwerk)

Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot TourbillonAttack of the Independents - Greubel Forsey 'Invention Piece 1'Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 ComplicationTop Secret Design Revealed! The Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand ComplicationZenith Defy Xtreme Open Stealth ChronographMB&F : Maximilian Busser & Friends Horological Machine No.1Internal Art - Richard Mille Tubular Tourbillon '012'Rolling Out The Jacob & Co. 'Quenttin' Watch

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