Monday, May 29, 2006 posted by Harry SK Tan 0 Comments
A new computer rendered photo of the Vianney Halter Cabestan was released (click on it to see a larger copy). While it looks like a photograph of a real watch, I was informed that its a computer generated image.
The details on this watch clearly reflect's Vianney's desire to keep an old fashion clock look and feel to it. What an amazing watch this will be when it is delivered to market.
The movement consists of a vertical mechanical movement with manual winding escapement, incorporating Swiss anchor mounted in a Tourbillion cage. The watch winds with an integrated key, external hand key or with a motorized system in the box.
The watch comes with a very long power reserve of 31 days, supplied by the energy of 7 gold coloured barrels and displayed through vertical rolls.
Its very hard not to be impressed or have an impression on seeing this watch. However, its very distinctive similarities (e.g. the two horizontal cylinders) with Vianney Halter's Cabestan is too close to be ignored (see earlier post here).
What impact will the Quenttin have on in the watch world? Being first to be released to market (as it is already being sold) before the Cabestan, the Quenttin will probably sell out before the Cabestan is even ready for the market. Both Jacob & Co and Vianney Halter cover a very small niche market of esoteric collectors but these pieces are wonderful pieces of engineering - despite their huge price tags.
The real question to me is not - why is the Quenttin so similar to the Cabestan but rather - how many other brands will follow suit in terms of design concept and cues? In an industry that has growing reliance on design recognition in an ocean of "me too" watches, it looks like it is inevitable that there will be more similar looking watches - even one as unconventional as the Cabestan.
Vianney's design was - in his words, during a conversation we had together about his Cabestan during his recent visit to Singapore - inspired by his love for watch tower mechanisms. The chain and fusee is the first in the world to be exhibited in an open movement. Personally, judging by how the two watches work, I think the Cabestan shows a more exiting movement and an easier way to read the time.
I look forward with the hope of seeing these two watches side by side someday to make a comparison. (Click on the picture to visit the Jacob & Co page for more photos and specifications of The Quenttin)
Hope you enjoy the show!
A watch is considered to be Swiss if:
A movement is considered to be Swiss if:
Also for the case of a watch, it is considered to be Swiss if:
What is interesting and an eye opener is how the requirement for the watch movement and case needs only to reach 50% of total value and the watch is still deemed Swiss.
Theoretically, you can still have a "Swiss" made watch even though almost half of it may not be from Switzerland!
Fortunately for me a good friend and gentleman allowed me to photograph his watch. By handling the watch and seeing it in real life, I can understand why its going to be a popular classic very quickly - and what the hype is all about. The case and dial seems intentionally designed to look antique. But the beauty is in its simplicity and balance of the dial despite the two indicators (sub second and power reserve). It has the inexplicable X factor that makes the watch really special. I have changed my opinion. This watch is wonderful despite the cost. For those who like simple classics and can afford this watch - you WILL be placing an order for it.
To check out the photographs CLICK HERE.
Horolography - noun, the art of photographing timepieces
Horolographer - Harry SK Tan
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