Mechanical innovation is regularly regarded as the embodiment of fine watchmaking. For reasons unknown, I had been under the feeling that we had not seen many new advancements in the course of recent months. All things considered, glancing back at the absolute latest presentations, some great bits of creativity have been introduced. We take a gander at with probably the most imaginative, complex and intricate mechanisms of 2017.
A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite”
The latest of a long lineage, the Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ features a tourbillon, a split-seconds chronograph, a fusée and chain and now adds a perpetual calendar, resonating with A. Lange & Sohne wonderful craftsmanship and ability to create great complications.
Quick facts: 43 mm platinum case – manual development L133.1 with hours, minutes , One-Minute tourbillon, chronograph with rattrapante work; perpetual calendar with date, day, month, leap year; moon-phase display. Fusée and chain. Alligator strap with collapsing buckle – € 480,000 EUR. Restricted release of 50 pieces.
Read our review of the Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual PLM here .
Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance
The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance appeared late 2016. Claude Greisler and his team of watchmakers at Armin Strom dealt with resonance, one of the most captivating phenomena in physical science: two oscillating bodies in closeness impact each other and eventually synchronize… Less than a handful of watchmakers have prevailing with regards to applying it to their developments, and Armin Strom has brought one of the most spectacular applications of resonance. Armin Strom’s Mirrored Force Resonance watch is fitted with a dual development, having two identical and autonomous barrels, gear trains and regulators. As an added refinement, the twin oscillators are associated by a steel coupling spring attached to their stud.
Quick facts: 43.4 mm pink gold or steel case – manual development with hours, minutes and twin seconds. Two autonomous resonant regulators. Horn-back alligator strap with pin buckle – CHF 67,000 in pink gold. CHF 54,000 in steel.
Read our review of the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance here .
Agenhor – Agengraphe
The idea grew exactly ten years ago in the fertile psyche of Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. Not content with the helpless legibility of traditional chronographs with their small counters, Wiederrecht planned a revolutionary development with central indications. With the creation of the Agengraphe, he has reclassified fundamentals principles that have remained unchanged for quite a long time and this is no small achievement. The development features an innovative architecture based on co-axially mounted snail cams. These allow for a centralized chronograph indication, offering unparalleled legibility. Its tale grip mechanism combines the best attributes of the vertical and horizontal grasp. The coupling is made horizontally which requires less space, and the mechanical association is made via grinding between skintight toothless wheels, much the same as with vertical clutches.
Quick facts: automatic development with hours, minutes and section wheel chronograph with central bouncing hours, hopping minutes and seconds. 60 h power save – 21’600 vibrations each hour – 67 gems – 477 parts.
Read our reviews of the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph and Singer Reimagined Track 1 for more information.
MCT Dodekal One
MCT has built up several watches with unusual displays. Their Dodekal One is essentially one of the most great and persuading digital hour indication at any point introduced! The hours are displayed digitally in the focal point of the watch where space has been liberated. Mechanically, the interaction is based on a complex arrangement of cams and carriages driving the smooth transition of segments.
Quick facts: 43 mm titanium grade 5 case – automatic development (miniature rotor) with central digital hours and minutes. Alligator strap with collapsing buckle – CHF 55,000 in Titanium.
Read our hands-on review of the MCT Dodekal One D110 here .
Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie
The rundown of watchmakers that have manufactured Grande Sonnerie wristwatches is short. Among them, Dufour, Roth/Genta/Bulgari, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-Lecoultre Patek Philippe, Franck Müller, Vacheron Constantin, Dominique Loiseau, F.P. Journe and A. Lange Sohne. Any new part joining this renowned club is a significant occasion. Growing such a development is a major endeavor and Greubel Forsey interpretation of the complication really intrigues. The 855-part development is a masterpiece featuring remarkable acoustics. The addition of security gadgets is a helpful feat.
Quick facts: 43.5 mm titanium case – manual development with hours, minutes, small seconds, modest et grande sonnerie, minute repeater on demand, striking mode selection, slanted tourbillon 24 seconds, development power save indicator, strikework power hold indicator. Alligator strap with collapsing buckle – CHF 1,150,000.
Read our review here.
Vacheron Constantin Celestia
Horology is an offspring of astronomy. The noteworthy Les Cabinotiers Celestia astronomical complication is a über-complicated wristwatch controlled by a spectacular integrated development (caliber 3600) that necessary 5 years of improvement. It comprises 514 components with 3 weeks of force hold (thanks to 6 barrels coupled by threes) and 23 complications on twin dials.
Quick facts: 45 mm white gold case – manual development with astronomical grande complication – Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar, day/night indication, accuracy moon phase, age of the moon, running equation of time, dawn and dusk, length of day and night, seasons, solstices, equinoxes and zodiacal signs, tide level indicator, Sun-Earth-Moon combination, resistance and quadrature, transparent celestial chart of the Northern Hemisphere with indication of the Milky Way, the ecliptic and the celestial equator, celestial time hours and minutes, tourbillon, 3-week power save (6 barrels), power hold indication. Alligator strap with pin buckle – Price is more than 1 million Euros.
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