Steinway and Sons Seconde Metronomique Watch - Unique Complication

Nov 11, 2010
Steinway & Sons has earned its fame by manufacturing high-end pianos. Two years ago, in its desire to conquer a timepiece market, the brand hired an industrial designer Fabrizio Cavalca. Inspired by the sensual curves of the musical instrument, the esteemed master developed new luxury watches.

Now, the company joins the stream of limited edition models by launching its Seconde Metronomique watch. As its name implies, the main asset of this remarkable novelty is a metronome second hand complication.

It should be noted, that for a long time the creation of a retrograde second hand that would beat at a frequency of 60 Hz was considered to be impossible. It was explained by the fact that the complication would consume too much power throwing the hand back and forth.

To tackle this problem, the Swiss watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht decided to benefit from optical illusion. As a result, a pair of three-armed second hands, put on the same axis, revolves at the same speed in opposite directions: one clockwise and the other - counterclockwise.

Due to the fact that the rotation of the hands can be observed only through a tiny display window at 6 oclock, the wearer of the new Steinway & Sons watch gets an impression that same second hand, similar to a tiny metronome, is moving every second to and fro.

The marvelous complication is presented on an eminently readable dial, dressed in white gold, black or white enamel. The display is equipped with centralized hour and minutes hands, sculptured in gold. They run over white-painted Arabic numerals. Protecting the dial of the new Seconde Metronomique watch is a domed sapphire crystal.

The high-quality glass is held in place by a tonneau-shaped bezel, crafted from 18-carat rose, yellow or white gold. It is incorporated into a case, which is available with the same options of materials.

The measurements of the case are 43.7 mm x 26.0 mm. The timepiece boasts 30-meter water-resistance.

At the heart of the model is beating a hand-wound caliber C 60 movement. Set with 19 jewels, it operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hours and offers a 38-hour power reserve.

The new Steinway & Sons watch is coupled with a calibrated Louisiana alligator leather strap, finished with a custom solid buckle.

The issue of the timepiece in question is strictly limited to 300 pieces.

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