Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement Watch uses a 14 microns silicon buckled-blade
Luxury watch maker Girard Perregaux who recreated several limited edition theme based watches last year, has begun this year with the new Constant Escapement watch, which includes a specially constructed 14 micron thick buckled blade a part of the central movement. From the Le Corbusier triology to the Cypris Tourbillon, and the 1966 gold watches, this year starts with a new movement, featured in this timepiece where the buckle blade will accumulate and help circulate the energy of the new mechanical movement. Nicolas Dehon has been the main brainchild behind the new innovation, which will now power many more watches from the brand. He reportedly spent 5 years to refine the design before giving it shape in the form of this watch.
The heart of the timepiece, which lies is the new Constant Escaspement movement is ruled by the regulating organ, which manages the flow rate of the energy received from the barrel to drive the gear train and the rotation speed of the hands. The most vivid and easily imaginable practical option of the function of this movement is a faucet which controls the flow of water. What also makes the movement unique, is the constant energy flow which in other movements diminish rather quickly with time, and affects the accuracy of the watch. Due to the unique design of the escapement, the energy supply of the barrel is accumulated and circulated back to the system instantly, thus keeping the engine in constant work.
The casing of the watch is an 18K gold structure, which is 48 mm wide and is strapped on to the wearer with the help of a black alligator leather strap. The glass dome seen as a protective covering is anti-glare sapphire crystal, which is non-reflective in light. The parts seen on the dial are brush finished silver plated on rhodium appliques which also include the dauphine style watch hands seen at the 12 o’ clock slot. The watch can resist water immersion will a depth of 30 metres. In the 271 components used in the central movement of the watch, there are 28 jewels, which lend a power reserve of around 1 whole week, and moves at 21,600 vibrations per hour. One will find functionalities such an hour, minutes, and central second counter apart from the power reserve. To see the watch in person, to head to the Baselworld 2013 event coming up next month.