Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something made of high tech materials. Patek is currently using some amazing materials in their movements. Sure, it’s not “fancy” but it will definitely save on repairs down the line.

It was about one year ago that Patek Philippe introduced their new calibre with a high tech silicon escape wheel. The idea behind the new escape wheel was to eliminate the need for oiling the pallet stones, a long standing scourge of the lever escapement. This year Patek has attacked another area of the watch escapement with yet another development from their Advanced Research department. The hair-spring, or “spiral” in French, has presented its own set of challenges from the beginning.

Patek Philippe Spiromax [TimeZone]

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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