Thursday, November 5, 2009

So happy!

Oh man im so happy! Ulysse Nardin has approved me using pictures from their website to integrate it into my blog, furthermore, they will so kind to send me a watch link, i have checked it out, its so cool!
Now i have more things to share with u guys. =)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Patek philippe, Legend of birth

For people who was wondering why watches can be so expensive, heres your answer. =)

Post of the day

Watch is more like an artpiece than a time-telling timepiece, dont you think so? =)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Double Axis Tourbillion & Triple Axis Tourbillion

Double Axis Tourbillon

Inspired by these genius clockmakers the young german watchmaker Thomas Prescher developed for the Thomas Prescher Haute Horlogerie in 2003 the first flying Double Axis Tourbillon in a pocketwatch and in 2004 the first flying Double Axis Tourbillon with constant force in the carriage in a wristwatch. Shown at the Baselworld 2003 and 2004 in Basel, Switzerland.

Characteristic for this tourbillon is that it is turning around 2 axis. The first axis and the second axis are both turning once per minute. The whole tourbillon is powered by a special constant force mechanism, called Remontoire[2]. Thomas Prescher invented the constant force mechanism in the carriage for the necessary power in the Double Axis Tourbillon. He has chosen the mechanism to equalize the different forces caused by wound and unwound mainspring, friction, and gravitation effects. So that even force is always supplied to the oscillation regulating system of the Double Axis Tourbillon. In addition he applies a modified system after Henri Jeanneret [3].

Triple Axis Tourbillon

Thomas Prescher developed for the Thomas Prescher Haute Horlogerie in 2004 the first Triple Axis Tourbillion with constant force in the carriage in a wristwatch. Presented at the Baselworld 2004 in Basel, Switzerland in a Set of three watches. A Single Axis Tourbillon, a Double Axis Tourbillon and a Triple Axis Tourbillon.

Characteristic for this technical high-end complication is that the tourbillon is turning around 3 axis. The first axis and the second axis both complete one rotation every minute and the third axis is turning once every hour. The Triple Axis Tourbillon is powered, same as the Double Axis Tourbillion, by a special constant force mechanism, called Remontoire.
More technical details are written at Thomas Prescher Haute Horlogerie.


Having post some "Tourbillion" watches, sometimes you guys will starts to wonder,
What is "Tourbillion"?
Well, it beats me too. But after some researches from wikipedia, it says,

In horology, a tourbillon, which have another term called Whirlwind,  is an addition to the mechanics of a watch escapement. Invented in 1795 by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet,, a tourbillon counters the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage, ostensibly in order to negate the effect of gravity when the timepiece (and thus the escapement) is rotated. Originally an attempt to improve accuracy, tourbillons are still included in some expensive modern watches as a novelty and demonstration of watchmaking virtuosity. The mechanism is usually exposed on the watch's face to show it off.

How it works?

Gravity was thought to have a very adverse effect on the accuracy of time pieces at the time of the invention of the tourbillon, particularly because pocketwatches were often less accurate than stationary clocks of the same construction. The prevailing theory amongst horologists of the time was that pocket watches suffered from the effects of gravity since they were usually carried in the same pocketed position for most of the day, which was vertical, and then held in a different position while being read. Because the movements of pocket watches and similar pieces were oriented with respect to the cases and the dials, their movements were positioned with the axes of motion perpendicular to their faces. This meant that when the timepiece was placed vertically, the axis of motion of the movements would be parallel to the ground, and thus the force of gravity. In such a position, the force of gravity would affect the motion of parts of the movement differently when the parts were in different positions (i.e., moving with gravity or moving against it), which would cause variations in the rate the movement, which in turn would affect the timepieces' accuracy. If adjusted for one position, the rate would change when the piece was kept in a different position, such as when being held to be read or when placed on a table at night. In a tourbillon, the entire escapement assembly rotates, including the balance wheel, the escape wheel, the hairspring, and the pallet fork, in order to average out the effect of gravity in the different positions. The rate of rotation varies per design but has generally become standardized at one rotation per minute. Most tourbillons use standard swiss lever escapements, but some have a detent escapement, and others contain novel designs, such as the Audemars Piguet Millenary for example.
The tourbillon is considered to be one of the most challenging of watch mechanisms to make [1] (although technically not a complication itself) and is valued for its engineering and design principles. The first production tourbillon mechanism was produced by Breguet for Napoleon in one of his carriage clocks (travel clocks of the time were of considerable weight, typically weighing almost 200 pounds).

Cabestan- Winch Tourbillon Vertical

The capstan is a watch with vertical vorticity, which is wound by a winch housed in the buckle clasp. Extreme mechanical complexity: about 1 100 components, including 600 for the single chain. Originality and aesthetic force. His rocket-driven chain gives it a delicious retro-futuristic. Wrist is the talking piece par excellence, the problem is that too much will your banker talk if it falls on the bill (200 000 to 300 000 depending on local taxes).
“It is one of the the most precise models in the world,” confirms Ruchonnet. “It has a constant force escapement thanks to the chain, and a ‘gear shift’ …well much the same as if it was a gear shift. And the tourbillion is fed by a constant force from the chain.”
Notice the pictures and u will know how complicated this watch are.. Kudoz to the watchmaker who made this!

Model:   Winch, Vertical Tourbillion, Limited Edition to 135 Piece
Case:     Formed by 12 elements manufactured in the mass Overall length: 46mm, width: 36mm,
             Thickness: 15mm
             Water resistant up to 30 meters
Glass:    2 Thermoformed glasses
Display:  By engraved rotary drums
Movement: CL 001 with manual winding by winch
          Transverse mechanical conception with a chain-fusee and a vertical
          tourbillion integrating 4 ball bearings.
          Rhodium, circular graining and polishing of the angles of the main plate and
          the bridges
          Technical set-up in the movement:
          -Lower left side: spring
          -Upper left side: chain-fusee + power reserve, rewinding by winch
          -Upper right side: display of the hours and the minutes, adjustment by winch
          -Lower right side: vertical tourbillion indicating the seconds

Power reserve: 72 hours
Functions:     Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
Bracelet:      Specific design, made of real alligator
Claps:         Deploying buckle made of gold or platinium matching the case

AK Geneve- HMS Automatic Warp

In English, warp means something like time distortion, a concept dear to the heart of lovers of science fiction, who find themselves in this intergalactic spaceship wrist (delivery expected in 2009).
For fans of Star Trek, quite the module that controls the teleport aboard the USS Enterprise.
This is obviously large, but strangely laptop because the housing is arranged on the arm length, and not the width of the wrist. It obviously worked very, with unexpected tilting housing Carbon fiber molded, sculpted volumes, the cuts "industrial" rubber, machined bolts, smart materials (pink gold, titanium) and high-inserts tech: we admire the way the macro-ring, but also streamlined shape with the angle dipping from right to left (which allows the shirt to slide further on the watch). Inside, a display hours and minutes per disk rotating in a subtle grid.


Hello ladies and gentlemen!
From today on, i will post up to 2 watches per week due to my work schedule and,
i need time to do some researches! =)
So hang on folks!