Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Black is White, Day is Night, and Up is Down!

This is the Upside Down form Ludovic Ballouard.  Can you guess what time it is?
Courtesy of Ludovic Ballouard

You might note that all of the indices appear to be inverted or "upside down".  All except number 10.  That's right, it's 10:10!

The case, crown and buckle are of platinum.  The movement is constructed from gilt brass.  The dial is crafted from blue titanium, while the hands are gilt steel.

Here are the details, straight from the source -

Technical Specifications – "Upside Down"
Manual winding mechanical movement with unique (patented) "Upside Down" time indication and small second at 6 o’clock.

Calibre B01: Patented “Upside Down” complication developed by Ludovic Ballouard. Manual winding.
Power reserve: Approximately 36 hours. Balance frequency: 21,600 bph/3hz.
Number of jewels: 51.
Number of components: 228 (movement only). Diameter: 35mm/15.5 lignes.

Hours indicated by the correct hour being right-side up, whereas all other numbers are upside down.
Minutes indicated by central blued steel hand.
Small seconds at 6 o'clock.

Case and hand-engraved crown in 950 platinum. Dimensions: 41mm x 11mm.
Lugs: milled from solid platinum case.
Water resistent to 30 meters/ 3ATM. 

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