First Mag­net­i­cally Se­cured Piv­ots in a Move­ment: Breguet Clas­sique Chronométrie Ref. 7727:

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Th is re­search into what could be the use of mag­netism in a wrist­watch move­ment be­gan un­der the tute­lage of Ni­co­las G. Hayek him­self and was first seen at Basel­world 2011, just af­ter his pass­ing, in the grand com­pli­ca­tion time­piece that may well be the best tan­gi­ble ex­am­ple of his life’s work when it’s done.

Mean­while, we are al­lowed to glimpse bits and pieces of the new tech­nolo­gies be­ing de­vel­oped un­der the Swatch Group’s cloak of se­crecy lit­tle by lit­tle, be­gin­ning with the patented in­ven­tion that har­nesses the power of mag­netism to pre­vent shocks to the watch (such as drop­ping it) from in­flu­enc­ing ac­cu­racy. In this time­piece, piv­ots are held in place by a mag­netic field.

Ac­cord­ing to Mark Hayek, it is this po­ten­tial (and now tan­gi­ble) use of mag­netism that has prompted re­search into and use of sil­i­con in the es­cape­ment as this ma­te­rial—in stark con­trast to tra­di­tional metal ma­te­ri­als—may not be in­flu­enced by mag­netic fields. “I dream and hope that it might even be some­thing that is big­ger than Breguet one day and will be used in other me­chan­i­cal move­ments,” Hayek ad­mit­ted dur­ing Basel­world 2013. “We’d like to pro­tect it as long as we can, but it is po­ten­tially some­thing [sim­i­lar to the] Breguet over­coil, used [by the whole in­dus­try] af­ter [the patent runs out] in move­ments. I think this has the po­ten­tial to be some­thing like that, and that’s the big­gest com­pli­ment that can hap­pen to Breguet, but it might be af­ter [my time].” ED

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