People’s knowledge of time has always been an exploratory process. From the earliest use of knots, shadows, and sundials to watch time, and later to pocket watches, clocks, and watches, people have learned about time. Aspirations and explorations have become more imaginative and creative, the crystallization of human wisdom has also provided many conveniences for life. Many people love to listen to the beautiful music from the music box when they are young. With simple melody, they always have a wonderful feeling, and the three-question function of the watch is more complicated and completely different from the principle of the music box. Not only will you be able to hear unique music, but you will also know the time, killing two birds with one stone.
The self-sounding watch usually only tells the time and the time, but does not report the time, just like the two questions watch, and the three questions watch as the name implies, it reports three kinds of time, time, time and minutes. Simply speaking, the time-keeping mode of the next three minute meter, taking the most common two hammers and two springs as an example, usually the sound when reimbursing will be relatively low, like dong, the spring bar will be shorter. The minute report sounds higher, like ding, and the reed is longer. Usually there is a dial or button on the side of the case. When it is pushed or pressed, it will drive a series of mechanisms of the time signal device. It will sound with a small hammer and a ring-shaped spring bar. Resolving time.
The low-pitched tone is a time signal, for example: ‘Dang, Dang, Dang’, and 3 rings is 3 o’clock.
The next is the engraving, usually with high and low bass. For example, Ding-Ding-Dang is a quarter (15 points), Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong is 2 minutes (30 points), Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong is 3 minutes (45). (The function of the second questionnaire is here, that is to say, the maximum error of the time it reports is 15 minutes.).
Next, the high tones are scored, and a ring means one. For example: ‘Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding’, 5 rings is 5 minutes. Dang, Dang, Dang, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, then the time now is 3:50.
Reed watches are very expensive, so not all watch lovers can play with them. In addition to the complex structure and full artificial assembly, the most time-consuming and time-consuming adjustment work is the final adjustment. The tone of a questionnaire is particularly important, which is why major brands compete with each other. There are too many factors involved in the sound quality. The resonance effect of the case is particularly important, so the tone must be heard after the movement is inserted into the case. Assemble the watch to listen to it. If it is not correct, you need to disassemble the core, readjust, and reassemble. This takes a lot of time and effort, and this production and testing process cannot be replaced by machinery. Therefore, the minute repeater table becomes even more precious.
Westminster Cathedral Bells: Patek Philippe 3939 Minute Repeater
There are no shortcuts to creating a minute repeater with excellent quality. Most watchmakers believe that this is the most challenging single complex function in the field of watchmaking. Patek Philippe’s watchmakers have constantly overcome difficulties and created the classic, grand and solemn ‘Westminster Temple Cathedral Bells. ‘ The surface of this watch is the iconic Ref. 3939 model, made of pure black enamel, calm and mysterious. Its black and white color tone erases all the decorative colors. The simple small second hand is located at six o’clock, and the elegant Arabic numerals show the time scale.
Since 1998, it has shipped more than a hundred pieces, and it is the ‘king of three questions’ generally recognized by watch fans. The leader in the Zhongle question table is the four-hammer and three-question Westminster Zhongle timepiece. It can simulate the sound of the clock of the Westminster Cathedral through the rhythm of the four hammers and gongs. When you push the three-question function fader on the left hand side, you can hear the unique sound of the time signal, which is exciting. Assuming the time is 3:34, the watch sounds the hour with the bass reed ‘咚-咚-咚’, the quarter bell with the high and low bass reed of ‘Ding-Ding-Dong’, and the ‘Ding-Ding’ -Ding-Ding ‘tweeter sounds the minute.
The Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon watch will be the last Ref. 3939 watch made by Geneva Patek Philippe, which is of great significance. Its exterior is extremely low-key and simple, but inside it contains the complex craftsmanship of the minute repeater and tourbillon of the church bells of Westminster. It is indeed a low-key aristocracy. On September 23, 2011, at the biennial OnlyWatch auction, Patek Philippe’s stainless steel case 3939 won the ‘bid king’ of this charity auction with an absolute advantage of 1.4 million euros (about 12.1 million yuan). It is not limited to Patek Philippe. Even in the entire watchmaking industry, if it can be called a ‘Tianwang class’ watch, 3939 will definitely be elected as an example.
Wrist Concert: Athens Jazz Minute Repeater
If the simple style contains a low-key complex function, then the complex features of the action figures in Athens are elegant, and the four ‘musician’ dolls carved on the dial are sometimes bowed, sometimes Obsessed with the melody of music … at the lower left of the watch, there is a lively applause of the audience. To this day, hand-carved event puppets have always been exquisite works of art, representing extremely rare watch-making techniques, while Athenaeum is still one of the few watchmaking watches in the world that uses event puppets to make minute repeaters. Brand. ‘Jazz Minute Repeater’ is intoxicating from the front, with UN-74 movement on the back.
No matter what age, music always gives people pleasing effects. Now, there are still many people going to the concert. The kind of open and high-pitched sound touches people’s hearts and gives people a mental wash. And this Athens watch is playing a unique concert for everyone. When the time slider is pulled down, the minute repeater device can emit crisp, pleasant time, time, and minute sounds. You can tap two different tone. At the same time, the band on the dial will start playing over time.
Every hour, the pianist slowly moved the keys, as if the prelude to the performance was opened; the cellist began to perform the report, and the deep and distant cello sound laid the main theme for the whole movement; At that time, the trombone and saxophonist started to play the instruments respectively, showing the lively performance of jazz in the square inch, which satisfied the double enjoyment of people’s vision and hearing. The Jazz Minute Repeater watch once again demonstrates the pursuit of innovation of the Athens watch, and it is limited to 18 platinum models worldwide. I don’t know which watchmate is lucky enough to own it today.
Gentle music: Jaeger-LeCoultre releases dating series Ivy Minute Repeater
The Jaeger-LeCoultre dating series always brings people constant surprises. No matter it is the trust of the feelings or the inspiration of the design, it will show the elegant and noble moving temperament to the fullest. I was impressed by the Ivy Minute Repeat watch at the Hong Kong Watch Fair. It not only has a romantic dial design for the date series, but also has a highly skilled minute repeat function. The date series Ivy Minute Repeater is equipped with two patented ‘trébuchet’ scales. By striking two crystal gongs connected to the sapphire crystal, it produces a stronger sound expansion effect, thereby giving a more powerful music. sound.
Because there are many factors that interfere with the tone of the minute repeater, in order to get a more harmonious and pleasant sound, this new date series watch is also equipped with a mute adjuster to reduce the sound interference during the operation of the mechanism, ensuring that only the sound from the minute repeater device To be heard. A vocal watchmaker is optimizing this device to produce lower decibel sounds by changing the mechanical amplitude. Compared to other models, the melody of the dating ivy three-question watch is touching, and its melody is more intimate, mellow and sweet, full of rich feminine temperament. To achieve this subtle coordination, watchmakers need to be familiar with acoustic principles and have a keen sense of sound.
If the minute repeater is the connotation of this watch, then the ivy is the external beauty of this watch. Ivy is a creeping plant and has a strong vitality. It is a symbol of loyalty and strong emotion. In order to show its style, Jaeger-LeCoultre carefully conceived the pattern interwoven with geometric leaves and extended it to figures reinterpreted with plant shapes, showing the exquisite craftsmanship of the enthusiastic craftsmen in the large workshop. In this cold winter, it becomes a beautiful scenery.
‘Harmony’: Breguet ClassiqueLaMusicale7800 watch
Without much description, from the clef symbols interlaced on the dial, you can guess that this must be a minute repeater. The dial is a ‘diamond pattern’ carved entirely by hand, creating a subtle angle to capture the flashing light in different directions. Once the music sounded, the center ‘music record’ began to rotate for a week. When it was rotated to 20-25 seconds, the engraved disc surface flashed dazzling colors, which was amazing.
Not only are the moving symbols on the dial showing the function of the watch, but also the beautiful clef symbols are engraved on the side of the watch, and every detail is filled with musical melody. In addition, this watch also follows the classic style on the dial layout: the central hours, minutes and seconds are displayed, the power reserve is indicated at 3 o’clock, and the music playback status (on / off) is displayed between 9:10. When the music button at 10 o’clock is activated, at the preset time, the watch will sound the B-minus ‘Harmony’-the last chapter of the Bach 2 orchestral suite. The ingenious stop mechanism developed by the Breguet watchmaker ensures that the music can be played completely every time.
In addition to the complex functions of the minute repeater, this watch also has many Breguet features that are worth collecting. Elegant Breguet hands, hand-engraved dial, concealed signature, lugs that connect the strap to the case … On the power, the ClassiqueLaMusicale 7800 is loaded with the Breguet 777 automatic movement. This precision movement is adjusted in 6 directions. The timing is extremely accurate. In addition, Breguet also placed a metal glass film with a hand-engraved pattern in the movement. With it, you can make several openings on the gold case back to create a Helmholtz inside the watch. Resonant cavity, delivering beautiful sound of music.
In addition to the above several brands, there are many brands that have good research on the minute repeater, such as Blancpain’s spring repeater repeater, Jacques Rodriguez’s bird house, Vacheron Constantin’s 1731 ultra-thin repeater repeater, etc. Friends can carefully taste this different music through other relevant introductions of the Watch House. The table friends who have the opportunity to listen to the best can remember the pleasant melody.
Summary: The principle of the minute repeater seems simple, but to create the perfect sound requires more complicated technology. It is about rhythm, pitch, and volume. A good spring must be a methodical sound of the sound. Fully grasp the frequency of sound. While mastering the minute repeater technology, each brand will continue to put into practice, trying to create more perfect timepieces, so that new works are constantly launched in the course of the minute repeater. The minute repeater watch is expensive, and only those who really love the minute repeater watch are willing to pay a high price for it. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)