In October 1707, British Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell led a fleet of several ships. Due to errors in longitude calculations, the fleet eventually crashed in the Isles of Scilly in southwest England. The admiral And nearly 2,000 crew members were killed.
At that time, dominating the ocean was one of the core issues of the British Empire’s politics and economy. This tragedy prompted the government to mobilize the entire scientific community to overcome the same problem: how to calculate longitude accurately at sea. To this end, the British Parliament passed the Longitude Act in 1714, offering a reward of 20,000 pounds (equivalent to millions of dollars today!), In order to reward scientists for inventing a method that can make the error accurate to about half a degree (Ie about 30 km) at sea.
The greatest scientists are involved in this challenge. John Harrison’s research seems to be the simplest and has many advantages: the time difference between the starting point and the ship’s position is measured by a clock to determine the longitude. The earth rotates about 24 hours a week. Therefore, an hour is equivalent to 15 degrees of rotation of the earth, or a longitude difference of 15 degrees. Then, by using a sextant to determine the exact time of the ship’s location, and using a clock to indicate the exact time of the reference meridian (the starting point), the time difference between the two places can be calculated, and the longitude of the ship can be known. The next challenge is how to make timepieces that are accurate enough to adapt to changing sea travel.
John Harrison worked hard to finally solve this problem. Born on March 24, 1693, John Harrison is a self-taught watchmaker who was born as a carpenter and devoted his life to developing precision timepieces. He used the spiral hairspring invented by Christian Huygens and Robert Hooke to make a new mechanical device, while using brass and steel alloys to effectively control metal tension.
In 1773, John Harrison ruled out the hard-to-invent H-4 navigation watch and finally gained recognition for its outstanding performance. He also received part of the reward promised by the Longitude Act. Due to the fierce competition surrounding this challenge and the ambiguity of the award conditions, bonuses have never been paid in full.
The history of GP Girard Perregaux is the history of perseverance and the pursuit of precise timing technology. Today, the watch factory has created a new exclusive model of the ww.tc (world wide time control) € time series, paying tribute to this outstanding master watchmaker of the 18th century.
On the dial of this outstanding watch is an Atlantic chart depicting the navigation of William Harrison, son of John Harrison, from Portsmouth, England, to Port-Royal, Jamaica. The sailing journey lasted from November 1761 to March 1762. The purpose was to test the reliability of the H-4 navigator. This longevity navigator is much smaller than the previous prototypes. For example, the H-1 navigation instrument weighs 32.5 kg.
The dial of the ww.tc John Harrison watch is the result of condensed exquisite enamel painting process, carefully crafted by GP Girard-Perregaux enamel workshop. Coast contours were first carved on an unprocessed platinum face plate. Exquisite eight-direction wind direction map, the size does not exceed 3 mm, and is carved by hand by a sculptor. The craftsman then filled the hollowed out area with a green or blue enamel liquid paint with a brush. After baking the enamel pigment in a furnace with a temperature of up to 800 degrees Celsius for a certain period of time, a translucent glass-like effect is obtained. After it has cooled, place it in water and grind off the excess enamel with hard stone sandpaper. Then, the dial is manually polished with a diamond file, and then subjected to a final firing, a process called ‘dorure’, which makes the enamel shine brightly. William Harrison’s sailing route from Europe to the Americas is carefully traced with silver powder.
To cope with the dial, the names of ‘Portsmouth’ and ‘Royal Port’ are displayed in royal blue on the city display ring. The city display ring with the carved GP logo is located at 9 o’clock and can be activated by the platinum crown. In addition to displaying the local time, this watch also displays the time around the world simultaneously with a blue / white two-tone time display ring and a rhodium-plated leaf minute hand.
The delicately carved hands glide across the enamel-painted dial, solemn and elegant. The white gold case is alternately polished and matte, with exquisite workmanship and well-proportioned proportions. Through the transparent chassis, you can enjoy the precise operation of GP Girard Perregaux and the outstanding automatic GP 033G0 movement. The movement is equipped with a clever adjustment mechanism that drives a two-color time display ring to display the time in 24 time zones. Pay the highest tribute to this great journey of watches and clocks, and specifically sculpt the important date of sailing with the H-4 navigation instrument on the rose gold pendulum. The ww.tc John Harrison watch is limited to 50 pieces worldwide, each of which is individually engraved.
Case: 18K white gold
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Table mirror: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case back: Sapphire crystal, fixed by six screws
Water resistance: 50 meters
Painted enamel dial
Girard Perregaux automatic winding movement GP033G0
Movement size: 11 ½ minutes
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: at least 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute display, world time zone with day / night indication € display
Black alligator strap
Buckle: Platinum folding buckle
Limited to 50 pieces worldwide
Vacheron Constantin Quai de l & rsquo; lle automatic calendar
Vacheron Constantin Quai de l & rsquo; lle automatic calendar
Titanium case, 41 mm in diameter, equipped with a 24 6 0 Q H self-winding movement, a power reserve of 40 hours, and a security printing technology dial
Keywords: complex creativity, 1950s style, Chinese market watches, GMT, appearance first, entry level 2.0
Music effect: Chanson
Product style: elegant retro, emphasis on advanced customization concept
Main series: Quai de l & rsquo; Ile
Number of new products: 6 (but Quai de l & rsquo; Ile series can be combined with different materials to create multiple styles)
Editor’s Choice: Quai de l & rsquo; Ile Day-date and power-reserve watch
Commentary: Dior’s ‘NEW LOOK’ appeared in Vacheron Constantin’s short film, which illustrates two things. One is that the 1950s wind has become the mainstream of SIHH this year, and the other is that Vacheron Constantin is pushing for the concept of advanced customization. The representative work of the former is the extremely exaggerated HISTORIQUES ARONDE 1954 replica watch; the representative work of the latter is Quai de l & rsquo; Ile series, which can be replaced according to customer needs, 7 sets of exterior parts, to achieve more than 700 appearance combinations, in & ldquo; Based on the security printing ‘dial’, the manufacturer has also developed a new ‘sun pattern’ anti-counterfeiting method.
This year’s SIHH is called the World Time. Of course, Vacheron Constantin’s heaviest piece is of course the patented patented PATRIMONY Traditionnelle world time watch. Its complex functions contain extraordinary creativity. In addition, this year’s brand’s entire line of movements has been awarded the Geneva Quality Seal
Since the birth of the Omega Seamaster Series Ocean Universe in 2005, it has enjoyed high praise in terms of professional diving functions, design styles, and innovative coaxial technology. The new Seahorse series Ocean Universe watch is equipped with Omega’s own coaxial movement and silicon spring, which is accurate and reliable. Today, I will introduce to you a new Omega Seahorse series Ocean Universe Men’s Watch 184.108.40.206.03.001.
Omega’s New Seahorse Marine Universe Men’s Watch 220.127.116.11.03.001
The new hippocampus marine universe men’s watch 18.104.22.168.03.001 uses a titanium case, diameter: 42 mm, water resistance 600 meters (2000 feet); blue dial, arc-shaped double-sided anti-reflective anti-wear sapphire crystal ; Blue rubber strap.
The new hippocampus marine universe men’s watch 22.214.171.124.03.001 has several major features: it is certified by the Swiss official observatory, the date is displayed, the helium exhaust valve, liquid metal, the screw-in crown, the transparent case back, and the unidirectional rotating watch.
The watch is equipped with the movement Omega 8500 and an automatic coaxial winding movement, which has longer-lasting superior accuracy and stability. Equipped with a double barrel with a cardless balance with hairspring and a continuous arrangement, the two-way automatic winding system can shorten the winding time. Unique Arabic ripples on the splints and pendants. Power reserve: 60 hours power reserve.
Movement: Omega 8500
Mirror: Arc-shaped double-sided anti-reflective and wear-resistant sapphire crystal
Case: Titanium case
Case diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 600 meters (2000 feet)
Strap: rubber strap
More Omega Seamaster watches are in the watch home.
After years of unremitting research and development at FRANCK MULLER watch factory, the first FM 3210 series of new self-made automatic chronograph watch developed and designed by FRANCK MULLER and even produced by him is finally presented Before the world. The new self-made “Freedom” series of self-winding chronograph stopwatches carry the fine watchmaking genes that have been refined and refined, which not only represents another milestone of Franck Muller in the journey of top watchmaking, but also announces more amazing watchmaking Creativity will use this as a starting point to continue writing the immortal legend of FRANCK MULLER in the altar.
The new ‘Freedom’ series of self-winding chronograph movements is an exquisite masterpiece born of innovative technology. Between the movement bridge and the splint, it is clearly visible that the brand-new crankshaft winding system exclusively developed by watchmakers at FRANCK MULLER is equipped with a power reserve of up to 60 hours. In the polishing and decoration of the movement, the rhodium-plated movement splint is carefully hand-polished with chamfers, the diamonds are polished and engraved with exquisite Geneva ripples, which fully complies with the highest Swiss traditional watchmaking guidelines.
In addition, the ‘Freedom’ series of self-winding chronograph stopwatch movements also use a stable column wheel and vertical coupling structure to ensure the accuracy and stability of the stopwatch. At the same time, the movement of the hairspring in the movement reaches a vibration frequency of 21,600 times per hour, which enables it to accurately time to 1/6 seconds. This movement also has a flyback timing function. After starting the timing, you only need to press the four o’clock flyback crown. The second hand can reach the zero position at 12 o’clock in an instant, and the next hour is immediately performed. This saves the tedious action of a general chronograph stopwatch that must be reset to zero before re-timing, and this operation can be performed at any time during timing.
The new ‘Freedom’ series of self-winding chronographs is equipped with an automatic chronograph movement in a white gold round case. The delicate and pure white dial has solar radiation engraving, with black Arabic numerals and blue steel hands. In pure black and white contrast, it exudes classic elegance and exquisite style.
Hublot, the top Swiss watch brand, and Italia Independent, an Italian trend accessory brand, have created another masterpiece and launched the second Big Bang ‘Independent Italy’ watch.
The two major brands, known for their unique materials and innovative styles, have joined forces to make this timepiece truly a ‘rebellious’ piece, making it a wristwatch choice for trendy people. The camouflage pattern with the innovative material Texalium® (aluminum-coated carbon fiber), the free fusion of pioneering design and material breakthrough, also shows a new interpretation of contemporary fashion.
Using carbon fiber and Texalium® (aluminum-coated carbon fiber), the Big Bang ‘Independent Italy’ watch demonstrates the power and lightness of carbon fiber, while highlighting the beauty of Texalium’s varied colors and dazzling metallic luster. This timepiece expresses the unique beauty of these two materials to the fullest. Hublot has once again proved the ability to control Texalium® and color performance. In the face of technical and design challenges, the brand has unremittingly combined color exploration and material fusion.
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