or-rer-y: a mechanical model of the solar system, or of just the sun, earth, and moon, used to represent their relative positions and motions. This concludes our word-a-day calendar enlightenment. Now, on to why we’re talking about mechanical models – the Geo Graham Orrery Tourbillon.
Hello and thanks for swinging by to check out our Sunday feature, Watch Video Rewind, where we look for cool watch related videos from around the web, and bring them to your attention. Today I have the marriage of centuries old watch making technology and the latest tool for rapid prototyping, a 3D printed tourbillon. An article at Hodinkee tipped me off to this, and the Swiss engineer’s YouTube page has these videos and more.
Dive watches – for us non-divers – are a funny proposition. I mean, do we really need all the engineering that goes in to making a watch that’s ready to time dives in the depths that require a 300m (or more) WR rating? Well, no, we certainly don’t. But we like how they look, and all that they represent. Which is why something like the Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon – while being a perfectly ridiculous proposition – is such a fun one.
Parmigiani Fleurier is well known for unique complications – the extending and retracting hands on the Ovale being one example. In 2004 to celebrate their partnership with Bugatti, Parmigiani released the Bugatti Collection. These watches were something you’d expect out of an Urwerk or an MB&F, but were a bit off the beaten path for Parmigiani. Nonetheless, the collection has found success and continues to be offered to this day. The Bugatti Type 390 was designed to reflect the organic lines of Bugatti’s Chiron supercar released in 2016.
Friends, it’s happened again. I got an email describing a party in Las Vegas — it is going to last from 5PM to 9PM, just enough time to get back to watch Scrubs — and it celebrates the magic of tourbillon watch, Terry Allison style.
I’m just not going to comment on Terry and his business acumen but, as expected, the actor Steven Seagal has one of his new tourbys and is very pleased with it. He, and other celebrities will attend the party and all is right with the world.
And I think Quixotic is probably the best name for a line of watches ever. It describes his mission to a T.
Welcome to Watching the Web, our weekly look around the internet for interesting watch related articles and news, and our chance to highlight our most popular recent posts. This week, there is the Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons, MAT Watches, and the Porsche Design Chronometer Series 1. From our our site, the Ball Watch Night Train, a look at replacement straps, and the Melbourne Watch Co. Carlton were the watch articles that captured the most views.
Let’s posit a fact: unless you have some really deep pockets, or plan to mortgage your home, it is just about impossible to get a Swiss-made tourbillion. Now, if you are a collector on a budget like me, there is another option. This option is the ERA Tourbillon. The movement may not be Swiss, but for us this is a good thing, because it makes the watch affordable.
H. Moser is certainly no stranger to coming up with crazy one-off ideas, generally poking fun at some aspect of the industry. Last year, however, the fun was had at their expense, when they posted up a watch with a black dial and blacked-out hands. You know, sort of ensuring that the one thing a watch is meant to do – tell time – would be all but impossible. Well, the folks just ate up the idea, so here we are a year later, and these watches are real.