Power Trip

What it takes to keep your watch run­ning

Augustman - - Highlight - WORDS SEAN MOSSADEG

ASK ANY MAN with an au­to­matic watch about the way he pow­ers it up and you’re bound to see some odd dance move­ments by way of re­ply. There’s the man who puts his watch through three sharp shakes to get the ro­tor run­ning, and the man who prefers strap­ping it on and then swing­ing his hands wildly. What­ever it is, it be­comes a funny quirk and one that keeps our watches ever closer to our hearts.

The ac­tual power re­serve of any man’s time­piece is a per­sonal mat­ter though. Once you’ve han­dled your own watch for long enough, you can usu­ally gauge the amount of power re­main­ing in the re­serve. Over the years, the fig­ure usu­ally drops but that’s to be ex­pected with wear and tear ‒ noth­ing a lit­tle ser­vic­ing can’t fix.

Straight from the box, the av­er­age power re­serve of most me­chan­i­cal time­pieces tends to fall at around 40 hours. It’s a de­cent amount of time, given the av­er­age man usu­ally takes his watch off at the end of the day and isn’t too fussed about wind­ing it the next day or hav­ing it a lit­tle off.

So why then do brands painstak­ingly in­vest more money into re­search and de­vel­op­ment for longer power re­serves in their time­pieces?

GO­ING THE GUIN­NESS WAY

For the mad sci­en­tists at Hublot, the power re­serve race has long been won. In 2013, the brand in­tro­duced the MP05 La Fer­rari, a time­piece that broke the record for the largest power re­serve on a wrist­watch with 50 days. Yes, 50 days, not 50 hours. The La Fer­rari showed off Hublot’s watch­mak­ing fi­nesse and proved that the brand wasn’t only in­ge­nious with the use of ma­te­ri­als but could bat­tle with the best in terms of watch­mak­ing.

While most brands cre­ate a longer power re­serve by in­tro­duc­ing larger bar­rels, Hublot just in­serted more bar­rels; 11 to be ex­act. With such a gen­er­ous num­ber, wind­ing time be­came an ob­vi­ous ob­sta­cle. The brand over­came it by pro­vid­ing a power tool that helps to wind the watch.

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