“aT 2: 36, foR ex­am­ple, The waTch would go ‘dong, dong, ding-dong, ding-dong, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding’”

DA MAN - Caliber - - MECHANISM -

hands and in­dexes on the dial of a pocket watch in the mid­dle of the night un­der noth­ing but can­dle­light is not ex­actly easy. To­day, with the ubiq­uity of dig­i­tal dis­plays, lu­mi­nous di­als and plenty of light­ing, we don’t re­ally a chim­ing watch.

Then again, fine watches aren’t made merely as tools of time­keep­ing, and most com­pli­ca­tions have long out­lived their use­ful­ness. In­stead, they are pieces of art—de­sired for their ex­clu­siv­ity, ad­mired for their in­tri­cacy and ap­pre­ci­ated for the in­tri­cate work­man­ship that went into them. And a purely me­chan­i­cal watch that can sing out the time at the press of a but­ton cer­tainly has all three of those qual­i­ties.

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