At the onset of the 1980’s, I began work on an exceptional and high quality pocket watch.
My goal was the creation of a new design combined with classical and technical perfection.
What ensued was a mono plate movement with a Zweiradhaus drive, along with a flying minute tourbillon with spring detent escapement.
I was so taken by this project that I decided to use the very best of Glasshütte as a prototype, and improve it by implementing my own specifications.
I managed to place all the wheels on one bridge and thereby fix it symmetrically on both barrel springs, one of which was “fliegen”.I managed to place all the wheels on one bridge and thereby fix it symmetrically on both barrel springs, one of which was “fliegen”.
This resulted in no other parts blocking the outstanding and beautiful view of the tourbillon, which also has its two mountings on the bridge.
My own devotion to this work led me to manufacture all the individual parts of the watch with the exception of the tension spring, coil spring and porcelain surface. I myself made the gold screws for the classic “Bimentallunruhe“ (balance) which was originally manufactured in Glashütte.
The Tourbillon cage, which weighs less than 0.5 grams, was made from steel and had been previously sawed, hardened and tempered. Thereafter, the metal was filed and polished until it reached its current splendid state.
The screws, levers and springs including each wheel and the drivers, were manufactured and finely tuned by myself. I have always considered myself a keen admirer of the detent escapement. Therefore, I embarked upon constructing a spring detent escapement inside the pocket watch.
The entire assembly of the minute tourbillon, fitted with a fixed second wheel along with both positions for the tourbillon can be removed separately.
Completing the drive axle, which is mounted on the barrel springs with its counter gear coupled with the built in power reserve indicator, proved very difficult indeed.
In connection with the design of the watch face, I opted for something very classical i.e. inspiration from the master watchmaker Abraham-Luis-Breguet, who lived around 1800 AD. The Guillochage as well as the beautifully polished bluing steel hands were also made by hand.
I decided upon the most difficult route to perfection and in an environment of limited watchmaking resources, I set out to design a very unique watch case. So with tools in hand, I made an elaborate 18 carrot rose gold watch case (weighing 200 grams). I used a technique used by past master watchmakers i.e. working with a spinning lathe. Today, most watch makers choose the modern method of forming metal under pressure. I mounted two spring covers which would open and be controlled by pressing the pendant in certain directions. Opening the lower spring cover provides one with a view to the wonderful inside workings of the tourbillon. I might add that the mechanism does require glass protection to keep it clean.
Finally, I decided upon a finished Meissen porcelain cup using a painting by Canaletto of Dresden’s “Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche)” in ruins.
The pocket watch in itself is too heavy to be worn; however, the watch is certainly a mechanical and artistic masterpiece. Furthermore, it is also recognized as a piece of technical perfection with excellent gear results. It has a 3 day power reserve and possesses a total of 16 innerspring revolutions, only 9 of which are used. Thus, steady and constant power is guaranteed.
The pocket watch itself was finally completed in 1994. I must however emphasize the fact that this pocket-watch should only be sold to a passionate and avid watch collector.
All the body details are handmade in the old traditions of Dresden:
In all, they weigh 417.46 grams and are unique in this respect. On the two drums of the mechanism there are 89 diamonds with a total weight of 0.5 carats.
The price of the watch in a wooden hand made box is €295,000.