Saturday, April 27, 2013

What's Cool?

One of the best things I've seen so far you will not find in any booth at BaselWorld.  But to know what's coming, we've got to remind ourselves of where it came from.  This is Peter Robert's "student" watch from when he attended WOSTEP.  At that time it was the first watch with five different centrally mounted hands.
Based on the the Valjoux 726

And what did the five hands hands indicate? Not much, merely hours, minutes, seconds, the date and a second time zone! He added screw-down crowns on both the winding crown and both of the pushers, and he used a mineral glass display back - how many watches utilized those back in 1972?  
The proud father and his first horological prodigy.

But time, and life, moved on as time and life invariably do. So fast forwarding to 2013, and BaselWorld has been buzzing with the news that Mr. Robert's much anticipated reprise of his student watch was nearly ready for its debut!

And following the presentation of the Writing Wrong Awards, he was kind enough to share his latest creation -

The Peter Roberts “CONCENTRIQUE” Watch - Grand Complication 5!
The new Grand Complication 5
And here are the details -

SPECIFICATIONS

FUNCTIONS:
Time of day, including hours, minutes, seconds
Full Chronograph, including seconds, minute recorder, hour recorder
24 Hour GMT indicator + second time zone with bezel
Full calendar, with date, day, month
Moonphase


MOVEMENT:
Valjoux 88 base – Hand finished “Concentrique” – unique mechanism Column wheel
Manual winding
Power reserve: 46 hours
19 Jewels
Diameter: 13 ‘’’ 29.5 mm
Height: 7.35 mm


CASE:
Diameter: 42 mm
Steel case: Stainless steel and bronze
Gold case: 18K rose and white gold
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflection coatings
Back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 metres
Strap: 22 mm Autumn Brown – Finest quality leather – hand-stitched 



DIAL:
Three subsidiary dials displaying – Running seconds/ minute recorder/hour recorder
Main Colour: Black + Super-LumiNova® Sub-dials colour: Silver

HANDS (8) AND COLOURS:
Running seconds/minute recorder/hour recorder: Black Running hour/minute hand: Red + Super-LumiNova® 24 Hour hand ( GMT): Yellow + Super-LumiNova® Date hand: Orange
Chronograph seconds: White + Super-LumiNova® Aperture displays: Day + Month + Moonphase 


The first born.
                                                            The second in line

This is a DEAD SEXY watch!  And you'd better grab one while you can.  Extremely limited production and many are already spoken for.  

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