IWC Replica Watches automatic Special Edition
The Nemo Captain watch is 44mm wide in a mix of 18k pink gold and palladium. Screws on the case abound, and the most unique design element on the case is the crown. The manually wound movement is new, and builds upon Prescher's existing concept by adding a jumping hour window - so that isn't a date window.
We are told that this is just the first Constant Escapement model to be released. Details are scant, but given that this watch is not a limited edition, and that we are only given a view of the 18k white gold models means that Girard-Perregaux has interesting plans for this technology. What I want to know is how delicate it is. This leads me to the discuss what the hell a constant force escapement even is, and what you are looking at. Well it is something that is meant to solve an age old question, and one that most watch makers like to gloss over. The issue regards what happens as power from the mainspring moving to the rest of the movement is uneven as the spring unwinds? This causes rate errors in timing (meaning that a watch is prone to run fast when fully wound, to slow when almost unwound). Think of the car engine example and the torque curve. At various RPMs, different amounts of power come from the engine to the wheels. For cars, this isn't an issue as there is no need to maintain the same speed as the RPMs increase or decrease, but what if that was the case.
Let's get back to the watch, which will be offered in four versions. There will be two sterling silver Chaos watches and two in 18k yellow gold. That means either metal case be had with or without the enamel "fire." The watch dial itself is actually rather handsome and legible. I like the thick sword-style hands and applied brushed Roman numeral hour markers. It isn't super fancy, but the dial itself is pretty decent. Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement...
GM: The original design is the Type 46. It's an electro-mechanical watch where rotating hands have been replaced by horizontally moving cursors (one for hours and one for minutes). This watch has a sterling silver casing with black nano-ceramic coating, sapphire crystal, leather strap and PVD butterfly buckle. I later had the idea to make the Type 40, a purely electronic version of the Type 46 that could reach a wider audience. The Type 40 has amber LEDs instead of moving cursors and the casing is an epoxy-filled plastic shell with a deeply embossed serial number on the side, making each Type 40 casing very robust and unique at the same time. It has mineral glass and a rubber wristband. Type 40 and Type 46 both have the same features.