The Cabestan or Capstan reported on Europastar as well as on the Purists forum - is a watch with a distinguished pedigree of Jean-François Ruchonnet and Vianney Halter - two highly regarded independent watch makers. In my opinion, this watch has to be one of the most revolutionary in the past decade - yet it flows from the current trend of open movements. These two had previously worked together to come up with the coveted VH Antiqua. Its movement includes a tourbillion and a chain and fusee. The distinctive design also includes a winch or crank on the top right of the case. It has been unflatteringly described as a the handle on cash registers. I suspect that the crank crown will be redesigned when the watch is showcased at Basel 2006. It would probably will be like the fold away cranks found on the crank operated cameras of the 50s. Otherwise the current design will prove to be in the way of the wrist as well as being exposed to being hit by accidental knocks.
And by the way, its being retailed at US$220,000 and only 135 pieces will be made. So hock your house and order one! :-)
To read more about the watch click here to see Europastar Report
The new EWC was launched on Tuesday 17th January in Singapore at the top of Mount Faber. Here is my report in photos posted on the Purists - JLC Extreme World Chronograph Launch Event Report.
Clearly the watch has a large following here in Singapore. With its large proportions and useful functions, JLC may have hit a home run on this model - especially when the trend in watch design is toward larger cases as well as distinctive details.
The long awaited JLC Extreme Worldtime Chronograph will be launched here in Singapore on the 17th of January. Its been highly anticipated and many enthusiasts have been looking forward to the delivery of the watch to retailers since its debut in Basel 2005. This is a watch that demands attention yet it is not without real horological significance. The wonderful new case design, the modular strap changing mechanism, the new Chronograph calibre and the wonderful worldtime function (which is found in only a few watches which usually sells for much more). I will be reporting on the launch soon after the event. Keep an eye out for it!
The Swiss watch industry is currently facing a real threat to their position as being the sole hallmark and domain of high horology. The Germans at the town of Glashutte close to the Swiss border has been making in roads on the high end watches from Switzerland. In the early days many thought them to be pretenders but with Lange & Sohne and Glashutte many collectors now see them as real challengers. This report on Yahoo gives a very concise history of the German town and its design to be amongst the best watch manufacturers in the world. Makes for interesting reading.East German watchmakers revive luxury tradition - Yahoo! News