All you watch enthusiasts reading this may be guilty of one little thing-buying more automatic watches than you can use! We know that keeping cherished automatic watches going strong is a task; and needs to be done. But, this can be simplified, thanks to an ingenious invention called the “watch winder”. This keeps self-winding watches running when not worn. It holds watches and moves them in circular patterns reflecting human movements to wind a watch.
What’s more, the use of watch winders will extend the overall life of the watch by keeping parts lubricated and moving. There is an additional advantage for those watches with complex perpetual calendar features and other complications that may require elaborate resetting after the watch has been stopped for a while.
The story of watch winders goes back in history. They have come a long way since their modest origins in the late 1700’s. Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented a self-winding mechanism for pocket watches. Abraham-Louis Breguet improvised on these designs in early 1779.
A plethora of innovations followed and today the watch winder world encompasses a lot of scope for continuous innovation in technology and design. Several winders today combine watch-winding functions with eye-catching storage for watches as well.
Buben & Zorweg
You have got a world market leader in watch winders for the luxury segment with this piece. In Baselworld 2014 the company presented the new ergonomic watch holder with a “safety catch” mechanism continuing to set benchmarks for watch winders. The new watch holder will hold your extra large watches as well, regardless of strap size. What’s more, the operation is more silent than before!
Here’s something for the ladies. Named after the oldest daughter of the company owner Markus Döttling, “Pauline” luxury safe is a compact high-security safe that exemplifies ultimate craftsmanship and comes with limitless options for customisability in the choice of finishes and materials for the interior and the exterior.
So all you discerning women can have your choice of finishes. This is not to underplay the technical finesse of the piece that can be seen in the gentle release mechanism of the lid covering the input unit or the opening mechanism that is charmingly camouflaged with a belt clasp. The jewellery drawers are apt for storing exquisite pieces and documents. One of the portable cases can, on request, be equipped with a GPS transmitter. Beat that!
The intelligent cube
Machines can be intelligent and so can watch winders. SwissKubiK is designed to reproduce the natural movements of the wrist and stimulate the watch mechanism continuously, thereby ensuring the durability and precision of the watch. The basic module measures only 10 x 10 cm and the high performance motors need only two standard alkaline batteries to drive it continuously for more than three consecutive years. The possibilities of customisation are endless and can extend to as far as your imagination! So, let it run wild!