Anton Suhanov Introduces the Pharos Triple-Axis Tourbillon Clock

A desktop wonder of the ancient world.

Independent Russian watchmaker Anton Suhanov is making his debut, not with a wristwatch, but a notably exotic table clock. Inspired by the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Pharos is column-shaped, world-time clock featuring a triple-axis tourbillon – that is notably well priced for an exotic, high-end timepiece.

Though Suhanov only struck out on his own a year ago, he is almost an industry veteran. He spent over a decade working for fellow Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin of Joker wristwatch fame, first as a constructor developing movements and then as manufacturing director. The Pharos clock is actually an evolution of a nephrite-clad table clock that Suhanov finished in 2016. Also equipped with a triple-axis tourbillon, the clock won for Suhanov the F.P. Journe Young Talent Competition that year.

Once upon a time, a millennia ago…

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria stood on Pharos, a small island off the city of Alexandria. Believed to have been about 100 m tall – the equivalent of a 20-story building – the lighthouse was constructed during the second century BC, and suffered damage during various earthquakes, which was the cause of its final demise in the 14th century.

The Pharos clock is a nod to the ancient wonder. It has a cylindrical steel body that stands 19 cm high, with prominent sapphire dome at the top that’s 8.6 cm in diameter. While Suhanov’s first clock only revealed the tourbillon via small porthole, the sapphire dome on the Pharos fully reveals the triple-axis tourbillon in all its glory.

The tourbillon is made up of three, fast-rotating cages housing an unusual, H-shaped balance wheel as well as an intriguing, open-worked escape wheel shaped like a flower.

And standing in for the furnace at the top of the lighthouse of antiquity are the large luminous inserts on the rim of the balance. Beating at a brisk 2.5 Hz, the glow-in-the-dark balance within the complex tourbillon creates quite the visual spectacle.

The time around the world

The innermost cage of the tourbillon turns at the highest speed, making one revolution every 33.75 seconds, twice the speed of a conventional, wristwatch tourbillon. The second carriage completes one revolution every minute, while the largest, outermost cage takes three minutes.

Slightly reminiscent of the Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon, the triple-axis tourbillon in the Pharos uses the vertically-positioned outer gear of the third cage to function as the seconds scale, with its rim graduated for 60 seconds. As the third cage completes one rotation every three minutes, the outer gear makes three complete rotations in that time, measuring 180 seconds.

The third carriage sits on a fixed gear ring that is partially hidden behind a 24-hour ring. Used in conjunction with the cities disc to display world time, the 24-hour ring rotates clockwise, making one revolution a day. In contrast, the third carriage moves in the opposite direction.

The cities ring along with the respective time zone offsets

With all the action on the top of the clock, the time display is conventional, with two luminous hands on a round dial.

More unusual is the power reserve display just below. It takes the form of a vertical slit in the clock; as the mainspring winds down, a steel wing emerges from the slit, indicating the clock should be rewound.

Time is set with a key inserted into the aperture just below dial; another aperture on the other side of the clock is for winding, which also requires a key.

The Pharos is limited to 24 examples, and priced at €32,000, which is equivalent to US$35,000. That puts it at the affordable end of the spectrum for high-end clocks, enough that it might be considered a value proposition.


Key facts and price

Anton Suhanov Pharos

Diameter: 8.6 cm
Height: 19 cm
Weight: Approximately 5 kg
Material: Stainless steel

Functions: Hours, minutes, peripheral seconds, world time, and power reserve indicator
Winding: Key-wound

Frequency: 18,000 beats per hour (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 8 days

Limited edition: 24 pieces
Availability: Direct from Anton Suhanov
Price: €32,000

For more, visit Anton-suhanov.com


 

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Swatch Introduces the James Bond 007 Collection

Budget-friendly movie tributes.

Ahead of the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die, Swatch has unveiled the Swatch X 007 capsule collection. Each of the watches in the line-up are inspired by the elaborate title credits and artwork that have become a signature of the James Bond film franchise. The collection takes inspiration from films across the decades, ranging from classics like Dr No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker, and Licence to Kill, to recent instalments like The World is Not Enough and Casino Royale.

Swatch is no stranger to the British super spy, having launched several 007 collections over the years, some of which have gone on to collectors’ items. Amongst the most successful editions is the James Bond 40th anniversary set of watches presented in a briefcase of 2002, the 22-piece collection of watches modelled on notable Bond villains of 2008.

The 007 Villains collection (left), and the anniversary briefcase. Photo – Sotheby’s

From Connery to Craig

Each packaged in a box resembling a VHS cassette tape – something consumers below a certain age will probably not recognise – the watches in the Swatch X 007 collection are offered in two sizes, depending on the model.

The watches inspired by Licence to Kill and Casino Royale are in the original, 34 mm “Gent” case, while the Moonraker, Dr NoThe World is Not Enough, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service editions are a more modern 41 mm and presented in the “New Gent” case style.

Licence to Kill and Casino Royale, both 34 mm

The 41 mm selection (from left to right): Dr. No, The World is Not Enough, Moonraker and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The six watches, however, take their cues from past films, and will be available by end-February 2020. But the final watch of the series is literally a watch from No Time to Die.

It was designed by the film’s costume designer, Suttirat Anne Larlarb, and will be worn by Q, the boffin played by Ben Whishaw who equips Daniel Craig’s James Bond with his arsenal of gadgets. As a result, the last watch in the collection will make its debut in April, alongside the film premiere.

The cassette tape box


Key facts and price

Swatch X 007

Diameter: 34 mm or 41 mm
Height: 8 mm
Material: Plastic
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: Quartz
Functions: Hours and minutes (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service includes a day-date)
Winding: Quartz

Strap: Silicone

Limited edition: 9,025 (Licence to Kill); 5,025 (Casino Royale, Dr. No and Moonraker); 3,025 (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and The World is Not Enough)
Availability:
 Arriving in stores at the end of February
Price: 95 Swiss francs, or 135 Singapore dollars (34mm); 105 Swiss francs, or 145 Singapore dollars (41mm)

For more information, visit Swatch.com


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G-Shock Introduces the 6900-Series with Metal Bezel

In gold, black, or steel.

While the quintessential G-Shock is arguably the original, oblong DW-5000 in black plastic, the oversized DW-6900 is almost as famous. Introduced in 1995, its bulbous case was strikingly large and the watch became a fashion accessory of sorts over the next two decades, especially with the collaborations done with streetwear labels like Mastermind and celebrities like rapper Eminem.

So as the DW-6900 reaches its 25th year, Casio is marking the anniversary with a special edition: the G-Shock GM-6900 with metal bezel. Identical in shape and function to the original, the GM-6900 is distinguished by its stamped steel bezel, essentially a metal outer case goes over the inner resin case.

The bezel is formed into shape via multiple stamping processes, each further refining the form and curve of the bezel. It’s available in a natural steel finish, black-coating with a glossy finish and red accents, or polished gold plating.

In terms of tech, the GM-6900 is basic. The electronic module inside is battery operated and has all of the usual functions of a G-Shock, including stopwatch, countdown timer, and multiple time zones. It is delivered on a black resin strap with a buckle finished to match the steel bezel.

The original DW-6900


Key facts and price

G-Shock GM-6900
G-Shock GM-6900B (black bezel)
G-Shock GM-6900G (gold bezel)

Diameter: 49.7 mm
Height: 18.6 mm
Material: Resin with steel bezel
Water resistance: 200 m

Movement: Model 3230
Functions: Digital, multifunction
Winding: Quartz
Power reserve: 2 years

Strap: Resin

Limited edition: No
Availability:
 At G-Shock stores and retailers
Price: GM-6900 – US$180; GM-6900B – US$220; GM-6900G – US$230

For more information, visit Gshock.com.


 

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