The history of the development of watches and clocks can be described as a long history, and various watch brands are constantly competing in their fields. Every detail of the watch can be continuously developed, extended and sublimated. From the complexity and material of the watch movement, Diversity, aesthetics of decoration, practicality of functions … a small structure can produce unparalleled magical craftsmanship, the extreme ultra-thin is the enthusiastic pursuit of generations of watchmakers, representing their commitment to precision machinery Their control and conquest represents their constant breakthrough to the limit.
‘Lowest Key’ Recessive Complex Watch
Ultra-thin watches do not seem to be as prominent as complex technologies such as tourbillons and minute repeaters, and will not even win the attention of many people, but they still do not prevent watchmakers from making new and innovative watches in this respect. For ultra-thin watches, this is a higher and more difficult challenge to manufacture. While ensuring the thinness of the movement, it still needs to ensure its stable time and accuracy. It is worth mentioning that it is not a problem to produce these small and small parts in the process, but assembling these small and thin parts together makes the requirements of the watchmaker even more demanding. Simple assembly in general watches may increase the difficulty in ultra-thin watches and become a crucial problem. Therefore, ultra-thin watches are the lowest-profile and hidden ‘complex watches.’
Tracing the thin history of the mechanical movement, it is inseparable from the I-wheel escapement and the double-hook escapement. These are the structural innovations of the movement before the 19th century, although they are still recorded with today’s ultra-thin watch movements. A certain gap indicates that the ultra-thin movement has gradually become one of the focuses of people’s attention. To this day, the ultra-thin watches of major brands continue to refresh the historical record of ‘the thinnest’ watches.
Jaeger-LeCoultre MasterUltraThin1907 ultra-thin watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre has always made achievements in the field of ultra-thin watches. In 1907, Jaeger-LeCoultre became famous for its ultra-thin pocket watches. Today, the design inspiration for the Master UltraThin 1907 ultra-thin series is based on the ultra-thin pocket watches launched by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1907. Jaeger-LeCoultre set a new record with this watch.
MasterUltraThin1907 is the best articulator of minimalist philosophy. The 39mm diameter case fits perfectly with any size wrist. The white dial with slender rose gold toffee hands tells the brand’s progress and innovation in the silent years. The watch is equipped with a short alligator leather strap. From the case and lugs to the strap and buckle, the lines are smooth and simple, highlighting the exquisite character.
This watch with a thickness of only 1.85mm uses a 849 manual winding movement and consists of 123 parts. It has a power reserve of up to 35 hours. The balance wheel oscillates at a constant frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. , Assembly to decoration, the entire process is completely completed by the watchmaker’s complex watchmaking workshop. At the same time, the watch follows the great watchmaking tradition, using the central hour and minute hands display, equipped with a 1.85 mm thickness Jaeger-LeCoultre movement. To achieve acclaimed precision timepieces. The watch as a whole has a thickness of 4.05mm, making it one of the thinnest manual winding mechanical watches in the world. This watch is a perfect combination of elegance and simplicity, a tribute to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s pioneering position in the ultra-thin watch field.
Piaget ALTIPLANO 38mm 900P ultra-thin watch
No matter if the slim watch is paired with formal or casual wear, it will never look obtrusive, making the wrist feel light and comfortable, which is why the ultra-thin watch continues to innovate and develop. In the competition in the ultra-thin field, Piaget is also one of the experts. Although Piaget has many world records about ultra-thin, before that, the official official ultra-thin mechanical watch world record was set by Jaeger-LeCoultre 4.05 mm. MasterUltraThinJubilee is maintained. Until the appearance of Earl 900P, this record finally returned to Earl again, and in the history of human clocks, this is the first mechanical watch with a thickness of more than 4 mm.
The production process of this ultra-thin masterpiece took a full three years. The master watchmaker, case craftsman and designer cooperated in every stage of research and development, production, adjustment and retouching, which led to the birth of PiagetAltiplano38mm900P. In the process, each of the technical and aesthetic decisions affects each other and the lips and teeth are interdependent. Off-centre hour and minute indications, partly hollowed out to reveal the delicate and complicated mechanical structure of the Altiplano 38mm900P watch. The hand-chamfered and radial sun-polished bridges are plated in black to create elegant colors with the platinum case. In contrast, the well-designed dial is particularly distinguished.
The thickness of the Altiplano 38mm900P watch is only 3.65mm. The case and the movement look like one piece. The 900P consists of 145 precision parts, each of which has been reduced to a minimum size. The smallest part is only slightly larger than the diameter of the hair. The thickness is even thinner to just 0.12mm. The designer suspended the suspension barrel on a single bridge on the side of the dial. In contrast to the traditional movement of fixing the barrel to the main splint, the thickness of the movement was reduced. This watch combines a hand-wound movement with case elements to become a truly integrated entity, which is truly amazing.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Slim Skeleton Watch
Audemars Piguet has always been a brand I do n’t dare to contact, because its design style is very different from other brands. It always subverts some traditional watchmaking concepts, continuously integrates new design ideas or aesthetic elements. When you walk into Audemars Piguet, you will feel To the violent force from within the brand, the bold and breakthrough creativity makes you unable to extricate yourself once you fall in love.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ultra-thin Skeleton Watch is not only a proud masterpiece of Audemars Piguet, but also the ultimate challenge to surpass mechanical feasibility. The watch case is made of 950 platinum and its surface is brushed and polished. The bezel is fixed with eight hexagonal screws. The dial gives a mechanical feel. The 39 mm diameter accommodates a seemingly complicated time tunnel, allowing you to curiously peek into the internal structure through the sapphire surface. The watch has basic hours, minutes and date display. The date display is also in black, which is integrated with the overall design style. The lugs naturally link the case and the watch. The size of the bracelet section gradually narrows, and the arc Naturally fit, the brand’s unwavering belief has permeated every link and every screw.
Through the bottom cover, you can see Audemars Piguet’s self-produced 5122 self-winding movement, which is only 3.05mm thick. As a skeleton watch, the difficulty of this movement lies in the combination of ultra-thin movement and exquisite skeleton craftsmanship. The combination of the two continues the wonder of Audemars Piguet. The movement is completely hollowed out, even the hanging barrel is no exception. In addition to the modern simple lines for hollowing out the movement, the dark gray formed by electroplating gives the watch a modern look. All decorations on the bridges and boards are done by hand.
With the rise of ultra-thin trends, in fact, many brands have developed in this field. In addition to the watches mentioned above, there are Vacheron Constantin PatrimonyContemporaineCalibre1732 ultra-thin minute watch, Cartier BallonBleudeCartier ultra-thin watch, Zenith. Heritage series of ultra-thin moon phase women’s watches … More watch introductions will be shared with you in the next article. When different ultra-thin watches are displayed together, there is no good or bad. You You will find that each brand will bring surprises and innovations to watch fans. They not only sell watches as a consumer product, but also create them as a work of art, as a sustenance of conquest.
Summary: The charm of ultra-thin is that there is no end, constantly refreshing historical records and creating limits. Various brands can display different technologies, each with its own advantages, designing an ultra-thin watch, ‘compressing’ all the parts into an extremely narrow space, and making it as functional as possible with a beautiful appearance The ultra-thin texture and practical functions are perfectly presented and have to be admired. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)