Be prepared for something prodigious.....

watch this space...


but meanwhile some hints



Looks like a Pocket Watch. Les Atelier Cabinotier Tivoli?
05/28/2015 - 18:06


Gobsmacked :-0
05/28/2015 - 20:28

Man, it has a lot of levers and wheels!  That escapement will take some time to analyze but 3-D tourbillon (constant force?) and biconical hairspring are amazing and there is so much more!!  Pretty cool how the Maltese Cross is worked into the cage design.  Can't wait for September but its gonna be fun following the clues...

I think that the "bent Maltese cross" cage
05/29/2015 - 20:32

is probably my favorite aesthetic element.  Thank you for illuminating what some of those other things are.  I wasn't even sure I could tell what they are.  What an amazing piece of craftsmanship.  3 watchmakers dedicated for 8 years.  Wow.  Can't wait to see it.

A wonderful gesture Alex, but...
05/29/2015 - 10:39

you must go a shade further yes. In the meantime I'm treading water frown...




Re: Be prepared for something prodigious.....
05/29/2015 - 17:01


That is some toubillon cage. It looks a bit arachnoid laugh

Multiple axes of rotation, a 3-d mainspring which probably pulsates like a beating heart. Must be amazing to see in action.

Just when you think you've seen everything....

Can't wait. I hope there will be video!


It seems Tick Talk and JB know a lot more about this piece than can be .
05/29/2015 - 17:16

deduced from the photo...:-)

i think they just clicked on the link ;-)
05/29/2015 - 19:08


05/29/2015 - 20:25

It would be virtually impossible to build all of those conclusion ex nihilo!

Silly me. I did not see the link when I saw your post. I think the HL will
05/30/2015 - 06:34

soon turn into a History and Math / Physics online tutorial with the amazing posts of Tick Talk and JB. :-) :-) :-)

I have learnt so much from these guys and yet so much more to go...:-)

Re: Be prepared for something prodigious.....
05/29/2015 - 22:23

Hi Alex,

I had a chance to look at the photo a bit more.

My pure speculation says that:

1 the vertical wheel at the front looks like it has 60 teeth so it probably is a tourbillon that rotates once/minute (as they usually do). There is another toothed wheel at the back which looks also to have 60 teeth ? once/hour rotation.

The main plate I think has 180 teeth so it may engage the rear vertical wheel to rotaate once/day.

Its a bit like a carousel with 2 ferris wheels on either side. laugh

I don't understand why the pokes of the balance wheel are offset. Does that serve a specific purpose?

All just speculation, Alex.

More speculation...
05/30/2015 - 02:02

(That should have said "spokes" not "pokes" in my last post.

Now here are some further thoughts:

The spherical mainspring has been around for a few years. Daniels descibes it briefly in his "Watchmaking). I undestand that it enhances the accuracy of the watch.

JLC designed a "spheical tourbillon" although they used a cylindrical coiling rather than a true spheical one. The design of VC's does look similar to it.

Here's a drawing:

More speculation...

I also asked about the spokes of the balance wheel.

The more I looked at it, the more it reminded me of something. Initially I couldn't remeber what; but then I had a eureka moment.

It looks like a bicycle wheel. The spokes are offset to better carry the load on the wheel. So it's possible that with this design, VC is enhancing the stability of the mainspring and thus improving the accuracy.

Perhaps one aspect of this watch will be that it is the most accurate pocket watch ever made.

It's all speculation of course.

A small revision and some more info.
05/30/2015 - 17:43

It looks like the large toothed wheel (in gold) is the base and is fixed. The vertical wheel at the back meshes with it creating a horisontal rotation of the entire mechaism.

I can't see the exscapement mechaism.

But here is a link to the JLC gyrotourbillon. It will give you some idea of the concepts involved in this piece.

It's all very excitiing!! cheeky

Re: A small revision and some more info.
05/31/2015 - 20:00

I love the idea of the two perpendicular wheels intermeshing - must be a sight to behold 

Re: Be prepared for something prodigious.....
06/03/2015 - 10:39

WOW ... looks beautiful and I cannot wait for further hints ... just wish it was designed as a wearable timepiece.

I love pocket watches but with a beautiful tourbillon like this, I think I would want it on my wrist from time to time. ;)

Re: Be prepared for something prodigious.....
06/03/2015 - 20:26

My expectation is the mechanical movement of such masterpiece will be more complex than the pocket watches created by other prestigious watchmakers and its shape, decoration and finishing will be superb.