The Cabestan (Capstan) - a watch to prove that independents have imagination  3 Comments


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



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