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.