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Hop­troff, the Bri­tish bou­tique horologer, has cre­ated its first atomic wrist­watch, which will be launch­ing to the press and pub­lic at The Salon QP watch show, at London’s Saatchi Gallery from Novem­ber 6th.

The Hop­troff No.16 is a con­tin­u­a­tion from the ground­break­ing Hop­troff No.10, the first atomic time­piece ever built, as fea­tured in Plaza Watch, is­sue 23. The No.10 fea­tured 28 point­ers, in­clud­ing ce­les­tial func­tions and tidal har­mon­ics, and on-board sen­sors in­di­cat­ing tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure and hu­mid­ity, with an ac­cu­racy of one and half seconds per thou­sand years.

De­signer Richard Hop­troff has aimed the No.16 squarely at col­lec­tors of clas­sic watches, show­cas­ing an un­usual dou­ble dial de­sign that re­duces the width and thick­ness enough that the atomic time­piece can be com­fort­ably worn on the wrist.

An Art Nou­veau dial in­cor­po­rates eight com­pli­ca­tions, with the right dial de­sign tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the iconic 'Space Trav­eller' watch by George Daniels. The left dial dis­plays per­pet­ual date, per­pet­ual moon phase, sun­rise, sun­set, and power re­serve. Two face fig­ures bridge the di­als, each with two blue sap­phire eyes that glow once each minute.

It is the most ac­cu­rate wrist­watch in the world. In full atomic mode, it keeps time to 11⁄2 seconds per thou­sand years. In low power mode, it is still ac­cu­rate to one sec­ond per hun­dred years.

The No.16 is avail­able in a limited edi­tion of 100 pieces, in 950 Plat­inum, 18ct Gold and Bri­tan­nia Sil­ver.

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