At the end of day one of Baselworld 2010 the official AHCI book launch party was held. I was totally overwhelmed to see so many of the best watchmakers on this planet, together in one place. But there was more that really blew me away…
The most spectacular watch i have seen on day one was the Rebellion T-1000. Rebellion was launched in 2008 by the racing team with the same name. The idea was that high-tech mechanics could go well together. In the Predator series, Rebellion comes with a new mono-poussoir chronograph. Mono-poussoir or single-button chronographs are probably my favorite complication.
Now the thing that blew me of my socks was the T-1000. The number in the name stands for the hours of power reserve. Yep… it’s got 1000 hours of power reserve! OK… take a deep breath… inhale, exhale… yes indeed a mechanical movement with 1000 hours or 41 days of power reserve.
There are six main spring barrels, three on each side, provide the power for this. In a patented system of energy distribution, the six barrels are wound in parallel via a central prop shaft driving two chains, but they discharge in series (2 x 3) to optimize a regular power supply to the regulator. The movement has a double balance that releases the immense power at a controlled rate, according to Rebellion.
For now only a quick photo of the movement. The watch can be seen on the Rebellion website.
I also visited Linde Werdelin and got a tattoo… just kidding, but i did try their new Oktopus Tattoo. Later i’ll tell more about Linde Werdelin’s new watches. Now a wrist shot of the Oktopus Tattoo.