Saturday, October 12, 2019

Boom!

News dropped this morning that there is a NEW movement manufacturer, producing a viable option to the 2824 is here!

Courtesy of Atelier

And as big news like this should come straight from the source, here it is:

Courtesy of Atelier

Washington, DC (USA), October 2019 – 
Atelier, a new movement manufacture in America, is introducing an automatic watch movement to the North American market.
Atelier is a U.S.- Swiss venture that is closely collaborating on establishing the supply, assembly, and manufacturing of automatic movements in the U.S. One of the objectives of the U.S.- Swiss alliance that led to the creation of Atelier was to develop an 11 1⁄2 caliber suitable for the volume market in the U.S. The result is the Caliber 1. With ETA ceasing to supply third party clients on 31 December 2019, many brands in the U.S. are seeking alternative suppliers. The Caliber 1 is not a clone of a pre-existing caliber, however it is a drop-in replacement for popular calibers brands are currently using.

The Caliber 1 has been in development for the past four years with U.S. involvement for three of those four years. Atelier’s Swiss technology partner is one of the few manufacturers in the Swiss watch industry that has achieved horological independence with the internal production and manufacture of hairsprings and the escapement. Everything is made in- house, except for the jewels, barrel springs and shock- absorbers with all parts made to the highest industry standard.

The Caliber 1 is a robust movement that is Chronofiable® Certified with a transversal balance bridge. This allows for stable and precise positioning of the oscillator. The bridge’s rigidity greatly improves shock resistance. The Caliber 1 has a diameter of 25.60mm and a height of 4.60mm, 28,800 vibrations per hour / 4 [Hz], with a power reserve of 44 hours.

Atelier will initially supply Swiss Made movements to brands beginning in January 2020. Atelier will begin assembly and production of small parts and will offer three levels of assembly; Swiss Made, Assembled in the USA, or Made in the USA from domestic and Swiss parts. In the future, Atelier will offer a variety of calibers that will fit the vision of any brand or designer including small seconds, and GMT.

Washington, DC (USA), October 2019Atelier

www.AtelierMovements.com
Obviously, this is breaking news, so there will be more info in the coming days.

Any watch fans within hailing distance of Washington DC?  RUN, don't walk to District Time to check it out in person!


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

cancan - the Upcycled Watch

Full credit, and thank you to Patrik-Philipp Huber for sharing this!



This has already been written about in Uhren Basel News, but in case you do not subscribe to that particular news outlet, allow me to acquaint you with the cancan watch.


Courtesy of cancan
Now I am a little jealous, the idea of a watch made from clearly re-purposed items like cans or even Nespresso capsules has always been something that has intrigued me.  So hats off to Robert H. Welfare.  He contrived of an idea to neatly and relatively simply take an existing can and form it into a watch case.


Courtesy of cancan
It is not self-winding, not a tourbillon, will not cure cancer and will certainly not make you younger or more attractive.  But it is, to my way of thinking anyway, a very powerful statement.  And it is really, really cool!

A beautifully simple idea, offered at a wonderfully fair and accessible price - CHF 149.00
Courtesy of cancan
And the pertinent are here, in their own words -
Housing : Aluminium can Recycled
Movement : ETA Quartz
Functions : Hours/minutes/seconds
Waterproof : 30 meters
Bracelet : Silicone
Packaging : Recycled cardboard

This is The Shit That Might Save Elvis - and the planet ; )

You can order yours here -

cancan boutique



The Tanoura 44 Aventurine

From MUSE 
Courtesy of MUSE
MUSE had a successful Kickstarter a while back, and now have expanded to offer two model families and several dial variations.  Typically made of titanium cases, featuring dials made of unusual materials such as Aventurine, the MUSE collection is clearly not for everyone, but having said that they do offer some truly beguiling pieces.

Courtesy of MUSE

Here are the pertinents -

TANOURA 44 AVENTURINE – TITANIUM

Suggested Retail Price: 3,450 CHF

Case : Case and bezel 44mm, titanium, vertical satin-finished. Water resistance 50m / 5ATM.

Dial and flange: Polished Aventurine dial. Rhodium plated flange with satin finishes and polished black PVD appliques.

Hours disc : Rhodium plated, sandblasted

Minutes disc : Rhodium plated, sandblasted

Seconds disc : Rhodium plated, polished

Front and back Crystal : Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective Treatment

Movement : Swiss mechanical movement MU 01, self-winding, Frequency 3Hz, 25 jewels, PR 48H min. circular graining and “cĂ´tes circulaires” finishes, black rhodium plated.

Strap : 22mm hand-stitched calf leather with “Muse”engraved pin buckle