SIHH contest: Sneak peek 4

OK we're almost there!


For a presentation of the contest and prizes please click the link hereunder:

http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=196&id=196

For a presentation of sneak peek 1 please click hereunder:
http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=211&id=211

For a presentation of sneak peek 2 please click hereunder
http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=256&id=256

For a presentation of sneak peek 3 please click hereunder

http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=310&id=310

Don't forget: you need to guess the function of the watch AND the metier d'art (artwork) used. To help you out a bit you need to choose between the following metiers d'art (only one): enameling, engine turning or engraving.

HINTS

There are no hidden complications, you have seen a great part of the functions and will be seeing more in the final sneak peek (n°5).

There is only one metier d'art

Good luck!


SIHH contest: Sneak peek 4

JB
04/10/2007 - 01:36
04/10/2007 - 17:54
WHL
04/10/2007 - 18:06
Doc
04/10/2007 - 18:28
Doc
04/10/2007 - 20:19
JB
04/11/2007 - 03:27
Re: SIHH contest: Sneak peek 4
04/10/2007 - 01:36

Hi Alex,

Here's my guess based on the views thus far (it might change though with the final peek :-)  )

This is an "open face dial but not skeletonized. There are no pointers or hands but rather 4 subdials showing day (lower right), date (lower left), minutes (upper right shown insneak peek 4) and hours, probably 12 (disk not yet shown, in upper left).

If there is only one metier d'art it is likely engraving of the object on the outside of the crystal. This looks like a sculpted object.

But I'm not yet sure what it is.

Regards,

Joseph

Re: SIHH contest: Sneak peek 4
04/10/2007 - 10:45

Same as sneek peak 3 : engraving, apertures for day and date.

jérôme

Here goes nothing...
04/10/2007 - 17:54

This looks to be a perpetual calendar with four subdials in an openwork (not skeletonized) dial.  As Joseph mentioned, there should be  a day of the week subdial at the lower left, a date subdial at the lower right, a seconds dial at top right and probably the hour subdial on the upper left.  The subdials do not have pointers and the relevant data is displayed through openings in the darker colored film covering the rest of the subdials.  The metiers d' art looks like engraving (of the object in the middle) but I am hoping that the object was just thrown in to confuse, and in actuality it is enameling (characters in the subdials). 

Looking foward to the next teaser.

Best Regards,

Kazumi

I think I've got it now...
04/10/2007 - 18:06
This will be a standard production variant of the "Metiers d'Art" watch from the 250th anniversary line of watches. Bill
There is only one!
04/10/2007 - 18:28

It took some time :-)

My guess is that there is a silhouttete /relief of the one and only,

Jean-Marc Vacheron,

who founded the company 1755 !

Than still as earlier,

"look through",

perpetual calendar,

perhaps also minute repeater.

Anyhow, I would love to see it soon :-)

Cheers

Doc

Could it be?
04/10/2007 - 20:19

Jean-Marc Vacheron

Jaques Barthélémy Vacheron

Francois Constantin

Georges-Auguste Leschot

All of them contributed to the utmost of all watches!

These are in my eyes,

Vacheron Constantin.

No more guesses :-)

Doc

Anka's answer moved to the right location
04/11/2007 - 00:00

Well, a lot of interesting comments and feelings from everybody. Alex, when you said I was going to the right location, now, I am trying to define it on a better way: - still a minute repeater with automaton - perpetual calendar - métier d'Art: engraving Just wait now for the last pic. Best regards, Anka

Re: SIHH contest: Sneak peek 4
04/11/2007 - 03:27

Hi Alex,

In the previous centuries, decorations of objectsd'art such as furniture and jewellery included acanthus leaves, volutes, the female figure, birds of prey or parts thereof such as feet, flowers and shells.

I believe that what we have here is such a decorative motif possibly a recreation in all or part of an early VC watch decoration, (to which Doc alluded).

But I can't shake a nagging suspicion that the object in the centre actually has a function, also I suppose that's being a bit over-zealous. Nevertheless, could that "thing" house a music box mechanism in its hollowed-out interior and act as or be connected to a sonnerie; and perhaps even play a little melody to which the inscription is in fact the lyrics.

I know its pretty far-fetched. But what an idea!