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There’s nothing that changes the look of a watch than a new strap or band. The transition to wristwatches from pocket watches was possible all because of the strap, making it that one part of the watch that completely changed the way people wore watches and used them.

Today, straps are found in all sizes, materials’ and dimensions. Perhaps the most common and most traditional material used for making straps is leather. The way leather changes over time and gets a unique patina also makes it distinctive. While cowhide and alligator skin are most commonly used, watchmakers also experiment with more exotic skins. We’re talking lizard, horse, snake or even ostrich skins. In addition to the original beauty of leather, the charm of stitches on it or other treatments on it, adds a unique look to the strap. Right from inexpensive leathers to the highly exotic and exorbitantly priced ones, there is a lot of variety in this category. You’ve got a wide range to choose from.

 

Hirsch Heritage Natural Calfskin Leather Watch Strap in Honey

 

Metallic Bracelets are slightly different. Made from metals such as steel, gold, rose gold, titanium, rhodium, silver or platinum, these are handy and classic. It’s best to use natural untreated metals keeping in mind long term usage. Stainless steel or titanium have natural lustre that last long. Solid gold or platinum bands are also long lasting and the minor scratches over time simply add to the beauty. Since metallic bracelets use a link system, it makes it easy to resize them according to your wrist size. Interlinked bracelets, bracelets adorned with precious stones or set with diamonds or even mesh bracelets add a design element to the functional bracelet.

 

 

A great watch collection is never complete without a smart rubber strap. These straps carry exceptional style, a high level of dependability and are ready to wear for all occasions. Compared to conventional materials like steel and leather, rubber straps are lightweight, more comfortable, highly water resistant, rugged, secure and durable. The strap allows the skin to breathe and protects it from allergies. Rubber straps are an ideal option for divers, sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers where water, sweat and grime cause corrosion. Rubber repels water, making it a practical choice in hot and humid conditions.

 

 

Most of us are quite picky when it comes to choosing a watch with the ‘perfect’ strap, but how often do you stumble upon a watch with a strap that can be changed at any given time, without having to go to a watch retailer to have it replaced. You might have never heard of the term “NATO Straps” before but we’re more than sure you’ve definitely seen one. Here goes:

 

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition with NATO Strap

 

Did you know The NATO was originally issued to British soldiers by the Ministry of Defence? Traditionally made from nylon and longer than other straps to sit over thick military jackets, the strap doubles over itself underneath the case to hold the watch securely in place. There are times when you may even dismiss the idea of putting a $50 strap on an expensive timepiece, but ask any connoisseur and they’ll tell you that NATOs are a fun, functional and quickly interchangeable way to show off your watch.

Fabrics (such as nylon) and plastics add a lot of versatility, especially to more casual watches adding an element of fun. So, armed with information on the part of the watch that keeps it on the wrist in the first place, we hope that choosing the right strap is a breeze the next time you invest in your perfect watch.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the ‘Watch Strap’ series…

July 27, 2017 0 comment
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A moonphase complication is poetic as much as it is technical.  It’s a complication like no other, depicting the current phase of the moon as seen in the sky, graphically on the dial. Unlike the time or date that is shown by numerals or indices, this one shows an actual resemblance of the moon.

If you delve into the history of moon-phase complications, it points to the history of time itself. Back in the days, moonphase complications were used by travellers to know more about full moon days, so they could plan their travels accordingly. The second theory suggests that moon phases were directly linked to the tides which allowed travellers to determine whether it was safe to cross a coastal stream. Our concept of time as divided into a year and 12 months is borrowed heavily from the moon. The lunar calendar has influenced the notion of time, by depicting the length of a month by the time between two full moons.  As civilization progressed, moonphase indicators were found in clocks and it was just a matter of time before they made their way into wrist watches.

 

The inner workings of a moonphase

The technicalities of constructing a moonphase are also interesting. The movement of the moon around the earth is pretty regular and this is the basis of the complication. The moon takes 29.5 days to complete one cycle which is depicted through the two rotating discs. A conventional moonphase mechanism consists of a 30-toothed disc. The disc has two gold or silver coloured moons that sit opposite each other on a blue background (Usually Blue). The waxing and waning of the moon are depicted by curved apertures in the dial. When the moon is centred in the window, it indicates a full moon. When no part of the moon appears, this indicates a new moon. The disc continues to travel clockwise or anti-clockwise.

 

 

The question of accuracy is also relevant here. While the cycle of the moon is relatively accurate, it is not completely accurate and there is a difference of about point zero three days a month between the actual and measured lunar cycle. While this may not really seem much (for the wearer that is) the watch industry thrives on accuracy and there are other mechanisms to take care of this difference as well.

Today, a moonphase complication is probably one of the most well-loved complications by men and women alike. The movements of the moon reflected on the watch again take you on a journey…either to a nostalgic magic past when time began, or in the realm of poetry and beauty, which can only be experienced.

July 25, 2017 0 comment
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High jewellery watches  are jewels in themselves. Laden with precious stones and materials, they too demand special care. Here is what you can do to take care of your most prized possession:

 

  • Store your timepiece in a proper case. A velvet or suede pouch or lined box is perfect. Ensure, it is carefully wrapped to prevent it from being scratched.
  • Avoid extended exposure to sunlight as this can fade the colour of your timepiece.
  • Keep a soft cloth handy to wipe off moisture and make-up from items you’ve been wearing, before storing.
  • Pay special attention to links to ensure that these are not damaged.
  • Service your timepiece (Mechanical) once every two or three years and if it’s a quartz movement, once in three or four years. This can vary, so always check with your watch retailer or brand representative prior to purchasing.
  • These timepieces can be damaged by impacts. So, while storing, transporting and wearing make sure to minimise this.
  • Clean by gently brushing it with a soft bristle brush and luke warm water. That’s right ‘Luke Warm’water. Chemicals and other cleaning supplies could damage the aesthetics. Wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Regular cleaning will revive the brilliance of the gems.
  • Have it regularly checked by an authorised watch retailer.
  • Lastly, ‘Read your watch manual’. This can sometimes be ignored out of sheer excitement – Understandable we say, but, this will outline everything you need to know about taking care of your timepiece to last several generations.
July 23, 2017 0 comment
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Complications… Simply put, the more a watch does, the more complicated and in the words of true watch collectors, ‘The More Exciting’ it is. Today some of the leading names in the watch world pride themselves on having unique complications that enhance the concept of luxury watches. It could take a single expert watch maker anywhere between 4-8 years to create timepieces like these. Folks if you’ve heard of rare watches, these watches are as rare and exclusive as they get.

We bring you 2017’s most jaw-dropping complications from amongst the recently released timepieces at Baselworld 2017.

Weap-One by Rebellion Timepieces

Inspired by the world of race car suspensions, Rebellion Timepieces introduces Weap-One. It features a tourbillon movement with a non-stationary horizontal axis and is housed in a detachable, sapphire glass tube. The asymmetrical, 60-second flying tourbillon movement is attached to two plates. Like the wheels of a race car, the rollers and tourbillon-mounted plates rotate at varying speeds – the right at 1 rpm, the left .5rpm.  To compensate for this difference in speeds, the movement was developed with two differentials modeled after those found in race car suspensions.  Ten ball bearings have replaced jewels in this piece for additional reduction in rotational friction as well as radial and axil loads.  The movement is fashioned after a car suspension with several pieces of racing technology being integrated into the Weap-One.

Histoire de Tourbillon 8 by Harry Winston

Histoire de Tourbillon features a two bi-axial tourbillon design. With a finish inspired by the world of haute horlogerie, two large tourbillon cages perform a slow ballet with impressive precision. Together, these tourbillons display time through the use of two off-center cones, housed in a large white gold case dedicated entirely to the grand complication. The exclusivity of the Histoire de Tourbillon 8 is matched only by the exceptional quality of its details, finishes, and engineering. In an immense space, which encompasses half of the watch, two large tourbillon cages are engaged in a constant dance. Every 75 seconds, each tourbillon completes a rotation on a 30-degree inclined axis. Nested within this movement, a second cage turns on its own axis, completing a rotation every 45 seconds. Within the latter, the balance wheel keeps the tempo at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

Its HW4503 caliber is equipped with two rapidly rotating superposed barrels, one of which is equipped with a slipping spring. By virtue of the latter component, there is no sensation of disruption when winding the barrels. Furthermore, the possibility of applying too much tension, which could potentially break one of the three springs, is neutralized. Together, these components guarantee that the watch has a continuous run time of 55 hours, and more importantly, ensures the rigorously calculated regularity to its movement. This quasi-constant flux of motive force maintains the rotation of the tourbillons and balance wheels. The tourbillon is comprised of 117 components with each biaxial tourbillon weighing no more than 0.76 grams. Each of their two regulating movements operate independently. Nevertheless, they must be unified, so that their deliberately independent mechanical operation results in a single time measurement. To accomplish this, the Histoire de Tourbillon 8 employs a spherical differential. The exceptional complexity of this system makes it possible to obtain an average from the two biaxial tourbillons, eliciting a superlative level of precision to determine the elemental information known as time. The highlight of this Harry Winston masterpiece is the use of materials. There are varied textures on the watch and is available in two colour variations.

 

Astronomia Solar by Jacob & Co

Astronomia Solar houses all the eight planets on our solar system. The new Jacob & Co. JCAM19 movement is 34.55mm in diameter and houses 439 components that constantly rotate bidirectionally. The sun is at the centre in the form of a 1.5ct Citrine. The Earth rotates about its own axis once every 60 seconds and completes one full revolution of the dial in 10 minutes.

MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis by Hublot

MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis was built with the aim of giving maximum visibility to the tourbillon. Thanks to its position at 6 o’clock and a large opening that covers a very complex 3-sided sapphire glass, the gaze of the wearer will literally plunge onto the frantic travel of this bi-axial tourbillon, which overcomes the effects of gravity in a much more subtle manner than an ordinary tourbillon.

The bi-axial tourbillon undertakes a complete rotation per minute for the first axis and every 30 seconds for the second. The watch also has an innovative date corrector. Via a simple winding movement of the lever up or down, the date moves forward or back. The dial is multi-layered in black, white and red. Offered in a 49mm case, the timepiece comes in two variants of Titanium (limited to 50 pieces) and King Gold (limited to 20).

July 20, 2017 0 comment
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MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery, dedicated to supporting the most unconventional projects, gets even wilder with the Nixie Machine II. All for the 5th anniversary of the gallery.

The Nixie Machine was created by German artist Frank Buchwald for M.A.D.Gallery and is based on an idea by Alberto Schileo. It took the realms of clock making to new heights and features beautifully glowing Nixie tubes that were made half a century ago. Each of Nixie Machine’s glowing six digits were displayed via an original, incredibly preserved Z568M Nixie tube manufactured by RFT in East Germany during the 1960s and recently discovered in a Bulgarian army depot. Introduced in the 1950s, Nixie tubes – also known as cold cathode displays – became a popular way of presenting numerals using glow discharge.

 

Frank Buchwald

 

Coming back to the present, this clock gets a befitting update. This time, there is one more talented artist joining the gang. The six Nixie tubes are produced by Dalibor Farny, another Nixie fanatic if you please. Farny manufactures Nixie Machine II’s modern, vacuum Nixie tubes in his workshop in the Czech Republic. The inner structure of the tubes is a nod to steampunk aesthetics. Honeycomb grids and tungsten wires smelted with glass lighting up filigree digits encapsulated in blown glass cylinders…it’s all there.

 

 

But, it’s the connectivity aspect that adds an extra edge to this. We increasingly see ‘connected’ timepieces. MB&F has a fun take on this as well. The clock has an electronic heart. Nixie Machine II is completely innovative. There Wi-Fi enabled electronics dock, connects the clock to the internet to automatically keep accurate time, removing the need to set it manually. The connectivity aspect is not just for the time alone.

Everything that the clock does can be regulated. Whether it is scroll effects, day/night modes, digit light dimming or time zone settings, it is possible to program them intuitively online. Should mechanical aficionados be wary? Not at all. The clock can also operate offline, regulated by a knob on the back.

The Nixie Machine II not only speaks of the collaborative success of two experts but also of the seamless merger of mechanics and modern connected technology.

Available at three M.A.D Galleries around the world (Dubai, Geneva and Taipei) at a price of approx. CHF 30,000, only 12 of these clocks will be made.

July 17, 2017 0 comment
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It’s not very often you come across a cigar chest that costs a million dollars (USD that is).  Thousands of hours of work, several international patents, more than 3,500 high-quality components, complex mechanics and the introduction of state-of-the-art technology make this the most prestigious cigar chest in the world. We’re talking about The Emperador by Imperiali Genève.

 

 

Here’s what you need to know about this amazing piece of mechanical wonder.

Produced in Switzerland using noble materials, it measures 70 cm long, 45 cm wide and 30 cm high. The chest is crowned by a tourbillon timepiece made up of 323 parts and a ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloché dial – the work of a master watchmaker from the Swiss Jura.

Access to the 24 exceptional Grand Cru cigars, which are wrapped in four gold leaves and arranged in individual glass tubes around this most sophisticated of creations, is protected by a secret code. The user simply brushes a finger over one of the nine touch buttons on the cover spelling the name ‘Imperiali’ to activate the integrated LCD display, which is invisible when the device is sleeping. The code is then entered using the golden touch buttons.

 

 

Only three indicators with mechanical hands are visible to the user. These display, in real time, the relative humidity and temperature inside the chest, the power reserve and the number of cigars remaining.

Imperiali Genève has developed the world’s first self-regulating humidity system, which requires neither water nor human intervention. It guarantees a constant humidity level of 70% and a temperature of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius, regardless of external environmental conditions. These variables can also be easily adjusted according to the user.

 

 

It has three exceptional accessories: The cigar cutter enables the cigar to be either mechanically cut or perforated in the manner of a punch. The table lighter and its three nozzles offer a perfect flame. Lastly, the ashtray opens by the magic of mechanics whenever a cigar is brought near. Hundreds of combinations of meticulously selected tobaccos create an equally precious cigar.

The Emperador cigar chest is an unparalleled marriage of cutting-edge technology, exceptional mechanics and Swiss savoir-faire.

June 27, 2017 0 comment
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The dial is one of the most distinctive parts of a watch. Agreed? Many watch brands today use Mother-of-pearl (a popular and evergreen choice of material) for dials on both men’s and women’s watches.

What is mother-of-pearl exactly? Simply put, it is a defensive barrier by molluscs and oysters to protect their shells. It is the iridescent lining on the inside of a shell that is composed of many minerals, of which, calcium carbonate seems to be predominant.

FROM THE SHELL TO THE WATCH

The journey of this material from its role as a protective lining of a shell onto the glorious dial of a watch takes place in many stages. Firstly, the right shell has to be selected. It really comes down to the spectrum of watchmaking.  Once the shell is selected, there is the incredibly complex and delicate process of actually extracting this lining (cutting them into discs) from the interior of the shell. It might sound straight forward, but the extraction process itself is an art on its own as even after surpassing this delicate task, there is the issue of the material being very brittle.

The discs are then polished and cut further depending on the thickness or thinness required followed by the machining of the dials into thin layers. There are other techniques as well. For example, crushing shells and then spreading the substance into thin plates.

 

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Mother-Of-Pearl

 

AN UNMATCHED EFFECT

The natural shimmering effect of mother-of-pearl makes it a preferred choice for watch dials. Since the colours and patterns of these linings are not exactly the same, it accounts for the differences in the dial, making it all the more unique.

Mother-of-pearl dials can be engraved or finished in various ways. Decorative finishes and watch artistry is done in the front or back of the dial. All this is delicate handwork. There are specialised artisans who undertake the task. Other treatments include painting, varnishing or lacquering the back of the mother of pearl. Of course, embellishments like stones, diamonds, for example, add the final touch to the piece. The numerals and markers are also inked on the dial. In a few cases, cut-outs are made on the dial for the setting of gemstones or applied indices.

The mother-of-pearl may be a difficult and delicate material to work with, but it is the perfect canvas for a creative expression.

June 19, 2017 0 comment
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The Anura Rafael Write Time brings the art of fine writing and watchmaking together. This is not just any object. The modern striking design testifies to the most refined craftsmanship. It’s not something that can just be bought off the shelf but a bespoke style offered on an individual commission basis only.

 

 

A time-traveller of sorts, the Anura Rafael Write Time will transport you back to a time when horology was not limited to just traditional wristwatches; a magical era where exceptional mechanical prowess and beauty ruled design.

This unprecedented design features a patented system which makes it possible to convert a time capsule housing a tourbillon into a writing instrument or a wristwatch. The intricately designed pen is made of 18k gold encased in alligator leather. The gold nib is available in different sizes to suit the specifications of the client and enhance writing comfort. It comes with either a piston filler or a cartridge. A proprietary clip and orientation system ensure all parts are perfectly aligned enhancing its elegant ergonomic curves.

 

 

Worn on the wrist, it transforms into a watch unlike any other. The cutting edge design is powered by a transversal movement, encapsulated within a sapphire cone modelled with pure, natural lines. Fit into an openwork receptacle to be worn snuggly around the wrist, it allows quick, easy lateral reading of the time on three discs. On the side, the base of the cone provides an unimpeded view of the captivating ballet of the Tourbillon.

 

 

The Anura Rafael Write Time is built around an innovative linear movement that is shaped like a tube. Housed within a sapphire capsule, the inner workings are on full display.  Its gears are unusually mounted vertically and are powered by a one-minute tourbillon. The time display consists of three rollers with hand-engraved and hand-painted numerals.

At its extremity, a large fluted crown enables the winding of the movement and the setting of the time. Rotatable rings, based on a patented internal tooth lock washer system are used to quickly and easily lock and unlock the time capsule in place on the wristlet or the pen. A personal signature, the lock washer teeth is unique and personalized for every single piece manufactured.

 

 

Comprising of 472 parts, it took two years to develop the Write Time. The whole set comes with a tastefully designed leather travel case safely housing all the elements together with an inkpot. Several additional compartments and trays allow for the storage of other prized possessions.

The best things in life are truly personalized. This is why, Anura Rafael Write Time offers a wide choice of possibilities including the materials, the colours, the finish, the movement, the nib and the travel box. A unique team from the Jura mountains in Switzerland, experts in their own fields, came together by passion and the desire to create something unique. No wonder, possessing this object is a matter of pride and taste…that comes to a ‘Select’ few.

 

June 12, 2017 0 comment
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The story of the worlds most beautiful car race (Mille Miglia) dates back to 1927 when two aristocrats wanted to compensate for the loss of the Italian Grand Prix by their hometown of Brescia.  Today, Mille Miglia is one of the world’s most celebrated races and this 2017, celebrates its 90th Anniversary.  It’s a race with a difference and is different because it brought racing back to the roads instead of the tracks.

 

1927 Race

 

In 1957 Mille Miglia was discontinued for safety reasons and 20 years later was revived under the name Mille Miglia Storica positioning itself as the world’s most prestigious classic car endurance race. Since 1977, there was a rebirth of sorts, when it became a regularity race for classic and vintage cars and has never looked back ever since.

 

1957 Race

 

The initial connection was born from a personal passion for classic cars nurtured by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard. Under his leadership, Chopard became the main sponsor of the Mille Miglia in 1988 and one of the first brands to associate its name with the automobile world. For Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the links are entirely natural: “Lovers of fine cars often have a great weakness for precious timepieces and vice versa. Extreme precision and sporting elegance are important in both of these fields.”

Today, the race is reserved for models of which at least one had taken part in the original race between 1927 and 1957. Needless to say, this makes the race highly exclusive; nothing short of a dream event and without a doubt the biggest date on the Italian sports calendar. This year, the event took place between 18 to 21 May, 2017,  with 440 teams competing over a distance of around 1,600 kms on a historical route running from Brescia to Rome and back via Padova, San Marino, Sienna, Parma and Verona.

 

Mille Miglia 2016

Commemorative watches

One of the best things about these collaborations is the fact that new watches, inspired from the aesthetics of automobiles make their way on the wrists of aficionados. Chopard is the official timekeeper and world sponsor of the Mille Miglia offering new interpretations of its unique and instantly recognisable design watch collection annually. The brand has created a collection of luxury sports watches that have become an unmistakable sporting emblem. It’s unique design has made this collection one of the greatest classics of contemporary watchmaking.

Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition

The Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition features an engine-turned dial and counters inspired by historical car dashboards. It is powered by a high-precision horological ‘engine’, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Throbbing at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour, this mechanical self-winding chronograph movement endowed with a 48-hour power reserve drives the hours, minutes, chronograph, tachymeter and date functions. The high-performance mechanism is housed inside a 44 mm case with a case-back secured by eight screws, engraved with the famous chequered flag that is waved as the cars pass the finish line, along with the arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo and the “Mille Miglia 1927-2017” anniversary inscription. The edition comprises 1,000 watches in stainless steel and 100 in stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold.

Price in Australian Dollars:

Stainless steel version: RRP AUD $9,690

Stainless steel and 18 carat rose gold version: RRP AUD $14,320

 

Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Chrono 2017 Race Edition

Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

The Mille Miglia Classic models pick up the aesthetic codes of the oldest cars having taken part in the Mille Miglia race between 1927 and 1940. Here, the tachymetric scale printed on the dial of the men’s timepiece allows to calculate wearer to time vehicle speed. The watch features a sports chronometer-certified mechanical self-winding chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve.

Price in Australian Dollars:

39mm, silver dial, white strap, stainless steel case: RRP AUD $6,800

39mm, white mother of pearl dial, white strap, diamonds on bezel, stainless steel case: RRP AUD $17,210

42mm, silver or dial, black strap, stainless steel case: RRP AUD $7,090

 

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition

The 90-piece Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition is offered in a 46mm rose gold case. Size is definitely not an issue here. Chopard has balanced the design codes and appeal of the watch extremely well, still classifying it as a ‘Classic’ that appeals to a very different kind of audience. Understandably, it pays tribute to the spirit of this vintage race that has endured for 90 years. The design lends the watch an unmistakable presence on the wrist. It sports a high-end COSC certified L.U.C chronograph movement, which is designed, developed, and produced entirely in-house.

The fully integrated column-wheel chronograph L.U.C Calibre 03.07-L features a flyback function and Chopard patented devices such as the Variner balance-wheel, an anti-skid for the coupling clutch, an optimal zero-reset and a small seconds reset mechanism. It is endowed with a 60-hour power reserve. The exceptional care devoted to its finishing earns it the right to carry the Poincon de Geneve quality hallmark.

Price in Australian Dollars: RRP AUD $56,410

 

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary

 

Quite befitting to the watchmaker and the race itself, Chopard is celebrating 90 Years of Mille Miglia in true Chopard style!

May 30, 2017 0 comment
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Ever thought about the relationship between sound and time? When you look at a watch you’re not only looking at the dial, but also in some way internalising the beat of the tick-tock. The sound of time can be enthralling and as you enter this beautiful universe where chiming time takes precedence, you simply cannot ignore the ingenious complication of the minute repeater.

A repeater chimes the time on demand. It involves the activation of a pushpiece for the purpose. While a simple repeater can strike the hours and quarters, a minute repeater will use separate tones for hours, quarter-hours and minutes to sound the time down to the minute. Three different sounds are generally used for the hours, quarter-hours and minutes.

 

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon

 

Why are they so sought-after? For one, they are the oldest and most traditional of watch complications. The history of the minute repeater has a very practical side to it. Believe it or not, they were useful in telling time in the dark before we had electricity! They were also a boon for the visually impaired.

Edward Barlow, an English cleric, invented a mechanism that could strike the time on demand in 1678.  At the end of the 18th century, Breguet produced the mechanism heralded as the basis for modern minute repeaters. There have been numerous enhancements and several improvisations since.

The big brands of the horological world have all entered the world of minute repeaters. Today Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Christophe Claret, Bvlgari, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Voutilainen to name a few continue to innovate and come out with exceptional pieces.

But making a minute repeater is no child’s play. Each minute repeating mechanism has about a 100 components, each of which has to be manufactured in a particular manner. That’s only the starting point! To integrate these components into a small case of a wristwatch is another story of skill altogether. It is something that only a master watchmakers with years, or rather decades of experience can accomplish, and that too, after a painstaking assembling process that can last between 200 and 300 hours. Much of the precision has also to do with the fact that the striking of small hammers on differently tuned gongs sound the time. The perfection of the sound of the gongs is yet another story.

(Making of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie)

 

 

Being extremely complex repeater mechanisms, collectors, connoisseurs and watch lovers covet minute repeaters. Who wouldn’t? After all, they are true masterpieces of precision engineering.

May 23, 2017 0 comment
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