Sunday, July 12, 2015

A. Favre & Fils Phoenix 10.3 (Twin Regulator with Differential Gear)

The Phoenix 10.3 by A. Favre & Fils presents, on the dial side, the twin pulsation of oscillators that mutually compensate each other, averaging errors through a differential gear. The twin regulator is a complication that finds its relevance in a wristwatch that must endure important gravitational stresses. Beyond its mechanical prowess, the three-dimensional architecture of the movement achieves the reconciliation of the parts with the whole.
This timepiece takes inspiration from the golden years of the Roaring Twenties, where the angular geometry of art deco followed the crazy curves of art-nouveau, an endless reservoir of mechanical inventions, architecture and fine arts.
The front stage shows the magic in motion, from the regulators dragging their escapements to the rotating differential gear. In the backstage, asymmetry fights back, beginning with a wolf teeth ratchet wheel and its eagle shaped click and aircraft’s spring, ending on the other side of the differential gear train, mounted on a winged bridge. The movement decoration is elevated to a new dimension with progressive or balcony angles and continued reliefs on different bridges. The oscillators beat at 21,600 variations per hour and the twin parallel barrels offer up to 60 hours of power reserve.
Technical details
Calibre DR 1500
Diameter: 15 ‘’’ (lines) / 33.65 mm
Thickness: 7.09 mm
Twin parallel barrel, manual winding
Two titanium balance wheels with regulating screws
Frequency: 2 X 21,600 variations per hour
Jewels: 65
Power reserve: 60 hours
Functions: Hours & minutes
Decoration: Superlative finishing by hand of every component

Material 18K white or rose gold, titanium
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 10.20 mm
Dial aperture: 34.22 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters in gold / 50 meters in titanium

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