For my first post, why not start off with a world first? We don't get many of them in watch making these days.
The worlds first single-hand chronometer.
This is rather niche in the watch world, and I wouldn't blame you if you believe watches should always carry a minute and an hour hand.
However, Swiss Reimagined are doing their best to change our minds.
Swiss Reimagined seem to be the first company, to my knowledge, who have come close to making a serious single-hand watch with their new model SNGLRTY.
While it doesn't have a very serious, or traditional, watch name I believe that would defeat the entire purpose of this model.
As it looks to single-handedly bring some modernity in design and function to the sometimes archaic watch world.
As it goes for a round of crowdfunding on Feb 28th in hopes of raising $100,000, this watch becomes less and less traditional by the second.
One plus in the eyes of the watch collector is the rarity of this model. There will be 10 fully bespoke watches made and then three production models. These three will also have aspects of customisation available for each one.
The watch tells the time through the use of one clockwise rotating hand and one anti-clockwise rotating disc. This disc contains the minute markers with the current minute indicated through a loop on the hand.
The top of this hand, which revolves around the dial every 12 hours (like any normal hours hand) seems to have great functionality as it works in conjunction with the rotating minutes disc below.
In some of the photos provided by Swiss Reimagined above it looks like the tip of the hand will get lost when indicating the hour with the blue on blue (or white on white). But this will have to be considered when the watch is first seen in the metal.
The movement of this watch is based on a Sellita movement, and my guess is it has been adapted to move both the single hand and a rotating disc in opposite directions.
Sellita, for those who don't know, make movements based on ETA designs as well as some based on Valjoux. Their movements can also be seen in certain Tag Heuer models.
Crowdfunding for these watches starts at the end of the month on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter with global launches happening throughout the coming weeks.
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