For over a decade the most interesting allure to the brand has been their Opus collection of fantastic partnership creations started by Max Busser (of MB&F) when he ran the watch division at Harry Winston. While it is incredible for PR, the Opus division is expensive, highly complicated, and a huge headache to keep going (this includes finding partner watch makers, designing cool products, making prototypes in time for the show, and eventually producing the limited edition models which can take... years). Having said that, it would be sore to see the Opus traditional stop by most all accords if the brand was sold to a buyer who didn't want to put in the time. Will a buyer want to keep it going? Will they do it just as well as it is done today? We just don't know. Nevertheless that is the future and according to Harry Winston they are not yet in talks with any prospective buyer - they merely made it known that they are looking to sell.
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The second crown is of course used to set, wind, and activate the alarm. The alarm is set using the red arrow-tipped fourth hand on the dial. It isn't ultra precise, but you can more or less set it to the nearest 3-5 minute time. Today mechanical alarm watches provide nostalgia and fun, but I don't think I would recommend relying on one. Your phone has a world of advantages over something like this.
The depth gauge uses no hands and is a very simple system. The watch's sapphire crystal is extra thick and has a groove going around its periphery leading to a hole at 12 o'clock. When inserted into the watch, this hole allows water into the groove which pushes against compressed air. The deeper you go, the harder the water pushes and this struggle of air and water can be seen on the gauge as a function of depth. The idea is a good interpretation of this concept into a watch and I applaud its inherent simplicity. I don't however know how easy it will be to read while underwater with goggles or a mask. Probably not that hard actually (in clear water that is). Just saying that this is where a brightly colored hand would shine (literally).
Mike B. From Minnesota, USA asks:
A major question though remains unanswered. Beyond the war on numbers, axes and overall complexity, just what is so peculiar about these Gyrotourbillons that makes them so extraordinary? To understand this, before all else, one should closely study the photographs in this article. From anything as accessible as mere aesthetics to as subtle as the way the driving force travels into and within the cages, the chances to find something that moves one’s mind are more than generous. At a second stage, the visual stimulations proven to be sufficiently attractive, they have taken the time to rethink the entire the mechanism and improve the level of execution and the overall outcome. It had clearly been a tremendous undertaking merely to find the way the Gyrotourbillon could possibly work. And, at one whole other level, to finally make it through a limited, yet sustainable production run. The apparent ease of the movement at work and the sheer beauty that the complexity and lightweight components create are, to me at least, the main elements responsible for the striking and arresting nature of this terrific timepiece.
Flip the case around and you'll see the exposed manually wound movement through the case back window. Memorigin designs them to look more classy than sporty with swirly engraved bridges and other decorative motifs on the dark gray colored metal. If you look closely through the tourbillon on the dial-side you can see more of the decorative features under the tourbillon on the movement plate. The mixture of sport and classical elements continue with the sapphire crystal cabochon in the crown. None of this makes sense on paper, but in execution, at least for the right people, it makes perfect sense.