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How About A Swiss Winder For Your Swiss Auto?

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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When it comes to watches, we seem to be willing to accept a premium that comes along with either a Swiss movement or a Swiss-made watch.  One company is hoping that sentiment will extend over to an accessory where many look for the cheapest option.

Swiss Kubik is offering one of the most deceptively simple winders I’ve come across in some time.  It’s a simple cube (just under 4 inches on each side) without any covers, screens, or visible switches that you might otherwise expect.  From that simple platform, there’s all manner of customization and materials options available, so it will blend to your tastes in decor.

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For the mechanics of the thing, it has an efficient 2.3 watt motor pre-programmed for 950 revolutions per day (that said, there is an interface where you can program in a different rotation).  They’ve coupled this motor with some improvements that keep friction low, which means that it’s a fairly silent runner, and it will last for several years on a set of two C batteries.

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While I’ve chosen to focus in on their single winders (which starts at $460) (product page), they do offer two- and three-place winders (product page), as well as 4-plus options (product page).  Oh, and remember how I said there wasn’t any cover to the winder?  You can pick one up on their accessories page (for any model other than the StartBox), as well as the USB cable for reprogramming the winder.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.himmelstein.3 Matt Himmelstein

    I am at the point where I want to get a watch winder. Materials aside, what are the advantages to a high end watch winder over a mid priced one. I understand that some less expensive ones can’t handle larger watches, don’t hold watches securely, and don’t have the winding variability that you want in a winder, but once you get that, what are you buying for a few extra $100?

    • Patrick Kansa

      John and Ariel have gone into depth on this subject in an earlier HourTime podcast (more on that here). From what I recall, however, it really boils down to the noise level you’ll experience, and the ultimate longevity of the motor inside the thing. Past those, it really gets into the materials used in the build for the shell of the thing.

      In the end, it seems a lot like watches – affordable models will get the job done, but something from the higher end will serve you, and serve you well, for a good long time.

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