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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1318post #19756 of 483124/11/13 at 12:40pmpost #19757 of 483124/11/13 at 1:51pmGreat innovation. Incredible watch. I happen to like the design, the purple's a neat touch too.Quote:Originally Posted by apropos
Watch nerdery incoming. You have been warned.
A good article from Hodinkee about the new GP constant force escapement was just posted. Although Monochrome covered this horological breakthrough in greater detail some weeks before, the Hodinkee article is a little easier to understand IMO.
Some here might recall mafoofan and I discussing power reserves some pages ago. Some again might recall a particular comment from the foo mentioning that having a huge mainspring exacerbates a problem inherent in all springs - that the spring runs too "hot" initially, then as it winds down delivers energy in a non-linear manner. Since the escapement has no way of "insulating" this effect from the rest of the movement, the fundamental function of timekeeping is compromised.
Make that was compromised.
This new GP constant force escapement is absolutely ingenious in its very simplicity. I can remember myself playing with flexible train tickets many years ago (read the Hodinkee article to understand this reference), and even if I were a watchmaker I doubt I would have made the mental leap to actually coming up with this design.
While this new GP watch is not exactly a watch I would buy for its looks, it is a true breakthrough that I think deserves the attention of any person who considers him/herself a mechanical watch lover. And it definitively shows that strange deluded aggressive poster from quite a few pages back (remember him??) that horological development did not die with George Daniels. Hah!post #19758 of 483124/11/13 at 2:09pm
I applaud the design innovation, but since I started wearing reading glasses two years ago legibility has become an even more important purchase criterion. Even if I could afford the no-doubt hefty pricetag of the GP, that micro-dial for the primary timekeeping display would be a definite deal-breaker. It looks to be about the same size as the subsecond dial on my Moser.post #19759 of 483124/11/13 at 4:03pmQuote:
I think it may darken a bit. But living in the south, I actually like brighter colors. It is always sunny down here, and I feel that the sun befits a little bit of brightness!
And as promised, some better / more delicious pictures!post #19760 of 483124/11/13 at 4:06pmAlso, in regards to the GP, great technology, but I would love to see it (a) in a simpler watch, and (b) not "tourbillonified" (as the Hodinkee article mentioned). I see no reason why this technology cannot become 'mainstream.' I would love to see it in their more classical watches. Plus, you get to see the beauty of it without the display back, which is nice.
All in all, great work by GP. I look forward to seeing the actual tests.post #19761 of 483124/11/13 at 4:15pm
Newcomer - that strap looks great - really brightens up the appearance of the watch. I had a similar tan JLC ostrich strap on my old Master Reveil. Unfortunately, I found that in the summer it showed sweat stains all too easily, and I ended up switching it out for a CF dark brown croc. I do hope yours serves you better down south.post #19762 of 483124/11/13 at 4:24pmQuote:Originally Posted by RogerP
Newcomer - that strap looks great - really brightens up the appearance of the watch. I had a similar tan JLC ostrich strap on my old Master Reveil. Unfortunately, I found that in the summer it showed sweat stains all too easily, and I ended up switching it out for a CF dark brown croc. I do hope yours serves you better down south.
Eek! Well, fortunately my wrists do not sweat very much (if only the same held true for the rest of me!), but I could definitely see that being unappealing. Thank you very much!post #19763 of 483124/11/13 at 5:48pmpost #19764 of 483124/11/13 at 6:47pmpost #19765 of 483124/11/13 at 7:26pmQuote:
I definitely understand where you are coming from, and I hope to do so!
I think that a Navy and Dark Brown Croc are both in order though. I think those would be more successful combinations, at least holistically speaking.post #19766 of 483124/12/13 at 12:53ampost #19767 of 483124/12/13 at 3:11ampost #19768 of 483124/12/13 at 3:35ampost #19769 of 483124/12/13 at 3:37ampost #19770 of 483124/12/13 at 3:45am
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