The Amundsen collection has been recently joined by the Arctic Navigation System watch. The sporty timepiece powered by a self-winding chronograph movement has incorporated an exclusive innovation - the manual Solar Navigation System. Jorgen Amundsen was stricken by the idea of equipping a watch with a navigation system during his exploration of the North Pole. The remarkable system allows the watch's wearer to easily locate the cardinal points according to the position of the sun.
The Arctic Navigation System watch features a case, 44.5 mm in diameter, with a screwed-down crown and a transparent sapphire case-back. The watch is 120-meter water-resistant. There are different variations of the watch crafted in various combinations of materials:
- an 18K extra-red gold and black-diamond-coated titanium case on a black alligator strap fitted with an18K extra-red gold triple folding clasp;
- a black-diamond-coated titanium case on a black rubber strap with triple folding clasp in black-diamond-coated titanium;
- a stainless steel and black-diamond-coated titanium case on a red rubber strap with a stainless steel triple folding clasp or a stainless steel bracelet also with triple folding clasp.
With help of the bi-directional rotating bezel of the Villemont watch its wearer can at any time find the cardinal points that are indicated on the inner bezel. In daylight it is necessary to simply position the hour on the 24h scale of the bezel towards the hour hand, and the watch will immediately show where the sun is positioned at that precise time. For example, at 5 am, the sun is positioned in the North-East.
At nighttime, to find the North, the watch's wearer has to look at the drawing of the stars on the case back. In the Northern hemisphere, the North Star (Ursula Major) points to the North and in the Southern hemisphere, the Southern Cross helps to find the South.
The self-winding mechanical movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour has a rotor bridge and black oscillating weight engraved and decorated with Clou de Villemont pattern. The mechanism is provided with an Incabloc shock-protection device. It offers an advantage of a 48-hour power reserve.
The black or silver dial of the Arctic Navigation System watch reveals a sunray guilloche pattern. The hour and minute hands feature luminescent coating. Besides hours, minutes, seconds, it displays the day and date function at 3 o'clock. You will find a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, small seconds hand at 9 o'clock, and 30 minutes counter at 12 o'clock.