SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL

This is it. The last peek at an amazing watch

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

For a presentation of sneak peek 1 please click hereunder:

For a presentation of sneak peek 2 please click hereunder:

For a presentation of sneak peek 3 please click hereunder 

For a presentation of sneak peek 4 please click hereunder:

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.

This thread shall be locked on Friday April 13 at 11.45 AM (Geneva time) and the winners shall be announced at 12 noon (Geneva time) the same day. This is your last occasion to win either an awsome VC radio or to participate in the random drawing and win a VC document holder.


There are no hidden complications, you can guess the functions by looking at all the sneak peeks

There is only one metier d'art

Good luck!

SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL

Re: SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL
04/11/2007 - 18:23


Here's my guess:

As I mentioned, The watch is open faced. there are 4 subdials with windows giving the hour (also has a pointer), minute, day and date.

The metier d'art is enamelling (the alpha-numerics on the subdials and the inscription).

The object in the centre is a decorative cartouche which has been placed on the crystal but is not part of the watch.

It actually looks like a decoration from the 18th century. Perhaps it is some kind of commemorative medallion. It looks too crude to be part of the watch.

If there is a 5th subdial in the centre indicating month and leap year (indicating a perpetual calendar), than it is totally obscured and not visible.

I may add something before the deadline upon further reflection.

Thanks for the fun challenge, Alex and VC



Re: SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL
04/11/2007 - 19:34

engraving and day-date-hour-minutes transparent windows-fields.

Something similar at what was done for the quarter millenium series!

Thanks for the fun!


Re: SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL
04/11/2007 - 22:26

I don't want the radio,

I want the watch !

To be honest I'm satisfied with this :-)


A little bit work of art,

transfer that into our time,

and what would be the price ?

Most of all, I still wish I could have seen the Lady,

who ordered such a "heavy" watch 100 years ago :-)

Love you all VC aficionados !


Anka's answer moved to the right location
04/11/2007 - 23:22

Well, here we are! I would definitevely say: -minute repeater with automaton -day-date-hour-minute -engraving It was real fun to discover this watch from scratch. Just now wait for the final result to see it. Regards, Anka

Re: SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL
04/11/2007 - 23:24

After some additional cerebral activity, I have concluded that the script is not written on the inside of the crystal. There is a transparent, slightly blue-tinted dial face which lies between the crystal and the movement which holds the text. This feature, I think is best seen in Sneak Peak 5.The design makes more sense, if the crystal is ever damaged and needs to be replaced.

The little window cut-outs are actually in this transparent dial rather than in individual sub-dial disks.

Now that we have all the clues
04/12/2007 - 01:42
My guess is that we are looking at a minute repeater with Day, date, hour, minute and second! The metre d'art must be enameling, although unusual. Just a guess. Best to you all, Tim
Re: SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL
04/12/2007 - 08:31

perpetual calendar and chronograph

metiers d'art - engraving

can't figure out what's in the centre of the dial though.

Re: SIHH Contest: Sneak peek 5: FINAL
04/12/2007 - 19:38

Hi Alex,

I just wanted to add a final thougt regading the quotation on the dial.

I searched and searched but alas never did discover the source. However, it talks about eyebrows and eyelashes as well as geneolgical myths. Googling on repeatedly came upwith nautical references, something I had mentioned previously.

If its not a translation of a few lines of the Odyssey then perhaps it was penned by one of the great French writers such as Voltaire or Balzac.

Nevertheless, I do want to add to my guess that the watch is a very accurate chronometer possibly on a par with marine chronometers.

The object in the middle may very well be a reproduction of a decoratve cartouche such as appeared on maps of the 16-18th century.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun to play detective even if the conclusions are wrong!



Joskos reply moved to the right location
04/13/2007 - 12:28

Some parts are so strange that it has to be something very innovative :-) I would guess perpetual or annual calendar and some kind of automaton, maybe for a new way of telling time? Metier d'art is probably engraving. I hope we'll see a complete picture with the explanation tomorrow... Josko