When it comes to retrograde, you should not miss Amy. Amy has put a lot of effort into this function, but her work shows less personality. This watch is abnormal, showing a more modern image. The retrograde calendar dial is hollowed out, and the 4 and 8 o’clock buttons on the side of the case are used to adjust the day, moon phase and calendar
The first time I saw a retrograde watch, it was hard not to be confused by its maverick operation, and I was no exception. I do n’t know where Frank Muller is sacred. I only noticed that there is a sector at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock on the rectangular dial of the watch. The retrograde hand at 12 o’clock jumps from 0 to 30 seconds and jumps immediately. Going back to 0 seconds, the 6 o’clock hand goes from 30 to 60 seconds, jumps back to 30 seconds, and then turns to the 12 o’clock hand … Borrowing a word often used by young people today, the old man is These two lightning-fast pointers spiked. While lamenting the masterful skills of the watchmaker, a name flashed from my mind. He is the famous tragic character Sisyphus in ancient Greek mythology.
The retrograde function of a watch, also known as call-back or return, is intended to be retrograde in English. To put it plainly, it goes backwards. The retrograde function has a very long history. According to records, Master Breguet made the first pocket watch with a retrograde calendar pointer, which was a precedent for ‘retrograde time.’ Compared with the tourbillon, time equation, and parachute suspension devices invented by Master Breguet at the same time, reverse jumping is the only one that is not for practical purposes, but it is very interesting. Because time cannot be reversed—just as we can never return to a childhood that was curious about everything. The charm of the retrograde pointer is not in the forward direction, but in the moment of jumping backwards—when the pointer reaches the end, it seems to have lost its way, you hold your breath and stare, expecting time to return to the origin in the next second. I was afraid that in the blink of an eye, I missed the magical moment of the reversal of time.
Although the retrograde pointer looks very magical, it is not very difficult to implement compared with the complex devices such as three questions, perpetual calendar, and double tracking. Its core component is an irregularly shaped gear and spring. At a certain angle, the pointer will quickly jump to the other side under the action of the spring.
After the continuous development and improvement of several generations of watchmakers, the magical retrograde hands have been able to show the hours, minutes, and seconds, as well as the calendar, week, month, and year. The methods and techniques are also more abundant. For example, brands such as Roger Dubuis and Frank Muller are good at splitting calendars, hours, or seconds into two parts and displaying them with retrograde hands; retrograde hands of Pierre Kunz’s new R020 watch run in a straight line, not an arc; invention Many of the Tempus Vivendi double retrograde watches made by independent watchmaker Thomas Prescher, the world’s first two- and three-axis flying tourbillon watches, have no hands at all, but instead use katana or dragon, phoenix, and eagle claws. The carved pattern indicates time; Van Cleef & Arpels’ new work ‘Pont des Amoureux’ (bridge, desert, love) also has no pointer, and the hours and minutes are indicated by a couple meeting at the bridge head; for example, the count will reverse The combination of the jump function and the dial layout of the standard hands … the ingenious ideas and exquisite craftsmanship reflected in these works make one have to admire the diversity of modern watch art. Some watchmakers are keen to combine multiple retrograde functions on the same dial to create a dizzying visual effect, so that the watch truly reflects the value of ‘play’.
Wearing a retrograde watch can bring a lot of joy, but it has always been difficult to become a mainstream style. The reason is probably because the function and appearance of the retrograde watch is not enough enough to become a popular lover for watch lovers like military watches or chronographs; the second is because its status is not high enough for people to ‘chase ‘Go to the point of’ admiration ‘and compare the tourbillon watch that is still in the’ bull market ‘, you will understand the meaning I want to express; the third is because retrograde watches focus on fun and artistic expression, each The retrograde watch is unique, and some big brands are not willing to change their original style easily.