The New Speake-Marin Jumping Hours is…Complicated

 Speake-Marin Jumping Hours Watch Unique Piece

The new Jumping Hours, a unique piece from independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin is not a “jump hour” watch as you might expect — it is a quadruple jump hour watch, with four separate hour indications that jump sequentially on the quarter hour.  Unlike Speake-Marin’s first “multi-hand” time display watch (check out my hands-on video of the Speake-Marin Triad here) in which each of the three hour hands moved in tandem, the Jumping Hours here is more complex in its mechanics.

Frankly, I was a bit confused about exactly how this watch watch worked when I read the release.  The concept as described in the official press release along with the the press photos (which do not clearly depict the concept of the sequential quarter-hour jumping) were not easily understandable nor as illustrative as I thought they could be.  They key — and perhaps the only way — to understand this watch is seeing it in action:

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Arnold & Son Unveils a New Royal TEC1 – Palladium Case + Black Guilloché dial

Arnold & Son TEC1 Palladium Black angleview - Perpetuelle

Arnold & Son’s TEC1 wristwatch, part of the brand’s Royal Collection, is defined by its tourbillon and column wheel chronograph in an automatic caliber.  A few references of the TEC1 already exist, but this new edition with palladium case and black guilloché dial is perhaps its most aesthetically power combination yet.  Arnold & Son makes some darn interesting and uniquely attractive watches, and I would say the TEC1 fits near the upper end of its range in terms of complication and intrigue.

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Swatch Unveils New Sistem51 Models for 2015

Swatch Sistem51 2015 Watch Lineup - Perpetuelle

The Sistem51, by Swatch, is a 100% Swiss, 100% machine made mechanical watch with power reserve of 90 hours.  What is intriguing is that there are only 51 parts in the movement; it operates at 3Hz and is hermetically sealed within its case, though visible through the plastic caseback in a design that matches the rest of the watch.  The cases and dials of the Sistem51 are what we have come to expect from Swatch.  The case diameter is 42mm, with matching rubber or leather strap.

Despite its simplicity and its price — the Sistem51 sells for $150 in the US — it is a rather innovative watch (for its simplicity), protected by 17 patents (pending).   This has given it greater interest from the “high end” horological community than might be expected, though this is still very much a mass market product.  Are you a fan of the Sistem 51?

A look at the announced designs for 2015, below:

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The New Blancpain Villeret Grande Date

Baselworld 2015…preview…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date watch - Perpetuelle

For the first time in its Villeret Collection, Blancpain will offer a grande (big) date complication.   The watch uses Blancpain’s caliber 6950  which employs two side-by-side windows to display the date.  The cal 6950 is not a new caliber; it has been used in 40mm ladies’ grande dates models, the Aqua Lung Grande Date, and most recently the Blancpain L-Evolution Grande Date.  When Blancpain’s watchmakers conceived the caliber 6950, they had as their objective to maximize legibility of the date, while at the same time enabling an instant change at midnight.   It is an automatic movement with two mainspring barrels and a free sprung balance with silicium hair spring and gold regulation screws, providing 72 hrs power reserve.

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