An alarm function is a nice homage to the 1825 V&C alarm watch. The Farouk also had an alarm, but the novelty here is the winding crown.
What a modern convenience for this type of creation. It is, in a way, wonderfully frivolous. It something one does simply because it can be done. I love it. I wonder if any of the tones from the Carillon are selectable, or if it is limited to certain ones?
Yes it's too bad they didn't develop a little slot on the side of the watch in which one could place different wheels (sot of like a CD) and thus have different music for the alarms.
If the carillon can play a major 3rd, 5th and a dominant 7th, you could have an aweful lot of music to choose from, chords included!
Sounds like potential for a collaboration with the folks up in Sainte-Croix, Joseph . Keeping to a 1755 theme, there were some snappy tunes to choose from. Bach (recently deceased), Handel (soon to be deceased) and Telemann were rock stars of the day, and the opera world was thrilled by a little number from Carl Heinrich Graun celebrating the conquest of the Aztecs, by coincidence some 260 years earlier. The King of Prussia, Frederick the Great, wrote the libretto for castrati .
Wasn't thinking of that era at all.
Something a bit more familar:
Ein Vogelfanger bin ich ja! form the Magic Flute or even Papageno's glockenspiel theme from later on in the opera...nice alarm themes.
Or jump to the 20th century, lots of good melodies in Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto (at least 3 themes have been turned into songs) much more appropriate if the buyer is Russian. And so much Tchaikowski...a veritable cornucopia!
Perhaps something from Mussorgsky or Rimsky-Korsakov? The Russians have provided us with so much musical heritage to choose from.
A tray like the sim tray on an iPhone - and you could put in miniature musical disks. They could work like the Breguet "La Musicale" - like a tiny music box. Maybe that is just yet to be revealed!
I believe the option is the either the full Westminster Chime or a selectable single tone from one of the five hammers. As reported, it will ring until the alarm spring is fully depleted.
We will have to wait for one of you three to work with VC to turn your ideas into reality...can't wait to see and hear it, so who is volunteering?
But I'm willing to share, if you think you have a ridiculous question, please ask it. :-)
be a slot where one can charge their ipod / ipad / iphone?
There will be more teasers coming out over time, so I can't say anything.
Worst case, you can talk to Dominique Bernaz about comissioning one with any features you feel are lacking
in the future, with movements developed by JLC just like old times.