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Legibility may not be the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon's strong suit, but it isn't that difficult to read. Seconds can be "inferred" from the spinning tourbillon, while the separated hour and minute hands have pluses and minuses to legibility. On the plus side, because of their jumping nature, they should point right to their respective markers. This is particularly useful for the small hours dial. Having said that, neither the minute nor hour dial is remarkably easy to read, which is especially the case with the minute indicator dial. DeWitt puts all that time and effort into a jumping minute hand... but doesn't create a dial with clear minute indicators that allow the wearer to appreciate the precision of this functionality.
6. EVENT LOG: Log for events based on date, Universal Time Coordinates (UTC) and individual event number for up to 99 events. The Astronauts are using this function to save precise time if there is some event that they would like to log and save. This function was also used by the Astronaut Christer Fuglesang during his space mission in his research and experiment on particle counting.
At BaselWorld 2014, Breguet revealed two extremely complicated "halo-pieces," humbly titled the Breguet Classique Complications 3795 and 3797, each featuring a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and, in the case of the former reference, an extensively and exquisitely skeletonized movement and dial. We went hands-on with both the Breguet Classique Complications 3795 skeletonized watch, as well as the non-skeletonized 3797 version in red gold. Given that these pieces are very much indicative of what the modern Breguet is capable of when it comes to both technical complexity and quality of finishing, we were curious to see what a closer look would reveal.
Longiness LA Grande Classique watches
In partnership with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) school in Switzerland, Urwerk will soon release the Horological Intelligence System - aka - the Urwerk HIS watch. The Urwerk HIS is more than a watch and more than a connected device; it is about a relationship between time, human life, and the pursuit of efficiency.
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