Life is like a dream, and time is like a song. The ups and downs of life are strikingly similar to the ups and downs of music. Perhaps a watch on the square of the wrist is the best witness of the life we have gone through. Let’s enter the world where watches and music blend together, and explore a piece of time written by a questionnaire.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Minute Repeater
Repeater Watch in English, translated into Chinese is a watch or a reed watch, which is characterized by the use of complicated mechanical devices to achieve the function of timekeeping with the sound of a jingle. It is called a watch with a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar. The three most complicated functions in the art. In the era when electric lighting has not yet come out, at night when the light is weak, the accurate time is reported by the sound of mechanical devices, which is the cause of the questionnaire. With the advancement of science, the functionality of the watch has diminished, but it cannot be denied that it has evolved into a perfect stage for watchmakers and high-end watch brands to showcase top watchmaking skills.
The history of the questionnaire can be traced back to the bell towers that spread throughout European cities and towns in the Middle Ages. At that time, the bell towers were responsible for punctual timekeeping, and the bells of the timekeeping were a pleasant music. Since then, portable clocks with automatic timekeeping have emerged in the middle of the 16th century. In 1676, British watchmaker Edward Barlow invented the gear spring mechanism small enough to be accommodated in a table clock, while another British watchmaker Daniel Quare introduced a more optimized two-minute watch, namely The reed watch emits a low sound every hour, and a high and low sound accompanied every moment. At that time, the minute repeater had a very optimized design. It only used a single button to start the alarm time function, and only by turning the button to the end can it successfully start the alarm time.
两 Throughout the 18th century, two-question form was the main type of question form. Since then, ten-point question, half-point question, and five-point question form have appeared successively. Nowadays, the three-question questionnaire that reports hours, moments, and minutes in turn has become the mainstream. The minute repeater is actually a reed watch accurate to the minute. It emits bass at the time, a high-low mixed sound at the moment, and then a high tone at the minute. For example, if it was Dang, Dang Dang twice, Ding Dang, Ding Dang, Ding Dang, and finally Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding four trebles, this sound combination means that the time is 2:49.
It is no exaggeration to compare the movement of a minute repeater to a symphony orchestra. In a movement that was already full of splints, barrels, gears and screws, a whole set of chain springs, several hammers and a large number of gears must be accommodated in the square inch of the case. The minute repeater completely converts time into a series of spring sounds through the mechanical mechanism inside the watch. The clockwork first saves the energy required for the timepiece by the vertical operation of the side button of the case. At the same time, the gears of the hour, quarter clock and minute have Wind up the clockwork and enter the time position; when it is started, the energy released by the clockwork is supplied to the speed regulator, which in turn keeps the speed of the hammer hammer constant according to the principle of centrifugal force. .
The timepiece tone of the questionnaire is different according to its gong material, case material, case size and overall resonance effect. In addition to the sound, the volume is also an important benchmark for scoring the questionnaire. This is a rigid indicator that can use decibels as a unit of measurement. The louder the sound, the better. Finally, it is also important to solve the movement noise of the movement before, during and after the timekeeping function, because the more the noise, the worse the quality of the watch.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 Minute Repeater Watch
Materials and Design: The Future of Questioning Tables
The future of the questioning watch will evolve to two aspects of material and design. The king of the fusion is the Bulgari Gerald Genta with a titanium case.
Magsonic watches can be said to be the concept of the watch.
In terms of design, Corum Kunlun just launched a world-first admiral’s cup mile number 46 four-hammer minute watch with a chord instead of a single note. Equipped with four gongs and four hammers, this watch strikes in two sets simultaneously to produce a wonderful and unique chord tone. And recently, a timepiece bird from Jacques Rodriguez was born, making the watch world change again. This watch, which is said to be the 275th anniversary of the brand at the Basel Show next year, features a pair of tits from the Jura region, and the Du River waterfall in the Jura Valley also appears on the dial of this new masterpiece.
At the same time, the strong appreciation ability of the watch is definitely due to Patek Philippe. The Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 watch launched in 2008 is by far one of the most expensive watches in the history of the brand with the minute repeater function.
Jacques Dro’s timekeeping bird repeater
Each part of the three-dimensional picture on Jacques Dro’s timepiece bird repeater can be moved: the chicks are waiting to be fed, one tit bows its head to feed the chicks, and the other spreads its wings to show the delicate and delicate feather colors, one in the center of the nest The fledglings came out of the shell, and the waterfall on the side kept flowing. Just pull the lever to hear the hour, minute and minute bells and start the corresponding activity scene. The harmonious and perfect resonance effect of the church gong is derived from the operation of the double-ring movement. Its complexity is comparable to a full set of rhyme clocks, but it can be installed in a gold case with a diameter of 47 mm and a thickness of 18.4 mm.
Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater
Vacheron Constantin is an earlier watch brand that combined the three-question function with the perpetual calendar and moon phase display. Based on a watch from the 1940s, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers produced 200 1755 three-minute perpetual calendar movements named after the year the company was founded. To commemorate the company’s 250th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin made 30 of these movements into this sophisticated complication watch. Even the slightest change can affect the rounded and low-pitched sound of the time, because the pitch of the two hammers must be five degrees apart, and the length of each stroke must be very correct. Therefore, the watch master must not only possess superb watchmaking skills, but also have a pair of agile and musical ears.
Harry Winston Minute Repeater
In 2004, top jewellery maker Harry Winston collaborated with Christophe Claret, an expert on spring timepieces, to launch watches that could see through to the tourbillon and the three-in-one spring mechanism. Subsequently, its church gongs became the most unique tone of the watch, unlike the simple sound of ordinary question watches, the two coils of gongs around the periphery of the movement can be struck to produce melodious echoes. At the same time, with a 42 mm diameter Premier Rose gold case, it provides a better resonance space for the gong. This midnight minute repeater is limited to 80 pieces, and has long become an out-of-print product in the auction house.
Athenian Circus aventurine minute repeater
Each year, Ulysse Nardin brings different surprises to everyone, especially its moving puppet technology is particularly impressive. Following the successful launch of the Ringer and Genghis Khan Diamond Tourbillon Minute Repeater, Athens has again launched the Circus Aventurine Minute Repeater. As a pioneer in revival of watch technology, the Athens watch is made of 6 hand-carved puppets, made of 18K gold, including monkeys, clowns, bears, ballet dancers, tigers and animal trainers. To create a dynamic scene. With the time, the moment and the minute, they each have their own actions. The little monkey will stretch out its palm to interfere with the clown playing the ball (timekeeping); the animal trainer waved his whip at the fierce tiger (reported time); with the movement of the animal trainer, the tiger also began to dance its claws (reporting points). The big bear standing beside the graceful ballet dancer bowed his head during the whole time telling, thank you for your love of this wonderful circus performance. The watch uses an 18K white gold case and is limited to 30 pieces worldwide. The reference price is RMB 3.855559 million.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5073 Minute Repeater
Patek Philippe’s new Ref. 5073 minute repeater watch is one of the few watches with church bell timekeeping and perpetual calendar functions. What’s even more commendable is that the 103 baguette diamonds on the bezel and 55 diamonds set on the dial and buckle show the luxury of this watch. For this watch, Patek Philippe chose the time-keeping device that attracted much attention when it introduced the astronomical tourbillon watch in 2001, allowing the Ref.5073 watch to report the hours and quarter clocks in three tones: bass, treble and high-low mixed beep. And minutes. The roundness of the timekeeping sound must be personally inspected by Patek Philippe’s owner, the president, who is the guardian of Patek Philippe’s historical tradition: every finished watch must pass their rigorous inspection before leaving the factory.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Rptition Minutes Rideau Venise Minute Repeater
RJJ launched this year a limited edition of eight Reverso Rptition Minutes Rideau Venise minute repeater watches with the number Q235352M. Blue gold dial and bridge are used, and the classic geometric pattern of the Doge’s Palace of Venice is used on the edge of the dial. The case is the biggest feature of these two REVERSO rolling shutter minute repeaters. The curtain composed of 16 pieces of 18K white gold slats can slide back and forth between the two dials, so it is called the rolling curtain. Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed a new gong after several years, and it is preferentially used in the 2007 Master Minute Repeater minute repeater watch. The gong is made of a unique alloy material and is integrally formed. Its cross-section is square instead of circular, so the contact surface with the hammer is larger and the strike is more powerful. However, for Reverso Rptition Minutes
For the Rideau Minute Repeater, watchmakers must look for gongs for rectangular movements. Therefore, they designed a special curved pattern for the double gongs of this watch to eliminate sharp edges and suppress the free propagation of shock waves.
Patek Philippe 5207 Watch
Circus Circus Minute Repeater
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