Re­bel­lion Time­pieces - The Weap-One

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS -

The Weap-One (pro­nounced sim­i­lar to weapon), is a unique time­piece in­spired by race car sus­pen­sion, at the heart of its sap­phire tube, is the first fly­ing tourbillon to have 2 axes of ro­ta­tion in­clud­ing one with two dif­fer­ent ro­ta­tional speeds at each end. The new Weap-One fea­tures an asym­met­ri­cal, 60-sec­ond fly­ing tourbillon move­ment. Sus­pended be­tween the hour and minute rollers, the tourbillon is at­tached to two plates. Each plate ro­tates at a dif­fer­ent speed, re­sult­ing in a non-sta­tion­ary hor­i­zon­tal axis – the first of its kind. De­signed by Fabrice Gonet and made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with CONCEPTO, the move­ment is housed in a de­tach­able sap­phire crys­tal tube, which of­fers an undis­turbed view and count­less mount­ing op­tions. In­te­grated into the Weap-One are sev­eral pieces of rac­ing tech­nol­ogy. Like the wheels of a race car, the rollers and tour­bil­lon­mounted plates ro­tate at vary­ing speeds – the right at 1 rpm, the left .5rpm. To com­pen­sate for this dif­fer­ence in speeds, the move­ment was de­vel­oped with two dif­fer­en­tials mod­elled af­ter those found in race car sus­pen­sions.

Ten ball bear­ings have re­placed jewels in this piece for ad­di­tional re­duc­tion in ro­ta­tional fric­tion as well as ra­dial loads. Two rollers read the time- hours on the left and min­utes on the right, the num­bers and in­dexes are treated with Su­per-Lu­miNova to en­sure ease of read­abil­ity day or night. Fin­ish­ing the piece is a dual crown sys­tem - mounted on ei­ther side of the move­ment and fash­ioned af­ter wheel nuts – the left sets the time while the right winds the 60-hour power re­serve.

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