Sunday, October 23, 2016

moVas R.A.W. II Double Balance

Singapore based watch brand moVas presents its new collection, (R)efined (A)rticulated (W)atches or R.A.W. a range of mechanical watches that explores a different set of design criteria by merging Steampunk, Classic and contemporary principles.

The moVas R.A.W. II Double Balance was born during a project to design a modern dress watch in a vintage pocket watch movement style. The result was a new watch aesthetic that appeared more honest than conventional methods of covering the movement with decorative dials.
Dressed in a 43mm deep blasted titanium case, RAW II is the smallest watch from moVas. The double domed raised glass is pushed to the edge of the case to get the view of maximum movement components from the side. The polished bronze multi-hinged lug system adapts to smaller wrist sizes. Polished stainless steel bolts are articulated and used as functional yet decorative elements.
The dark grey titanium case match the dark frosted movement plate inside and the bronze lugs match the colour of the double balance cocks. This creates a unified and coherent design where the internal and external parts of the watch appear as one. The minimal dial work also match the movement colour and is intentionally skeletonised and abstract. The convex rehaut is machined as part of the watch case and match the movement plate thus dissolving the junction between movement and case. 12 polished steel balls form 5 seconds markers on the rehaut to give the watch more visual brilliance. Balls at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are larger to give more visual interest.
The mechanical heart that beats inside each timepiece is Calibre 05 produced by Shanghai Watch Company based in China. Bearing 40 jewels, this one is a double balance movement. Two balance wheels are traditionally used to reduce the timing errors due to temperature, magnetic fields and gravity. Torque is also shared between both balance wheels thus reducing wear and variations from the unwinding of the barrel. Visible from the front, two continually rotating gold balance wheels animate the dials and create more visual interest than a regular blank printed dial. Movement plates are perlaged and a cote de Genève decoration is added to the signed rotor.
The watch comes standard with a genuine brown lizard strap, a croc patterned black leather strap and 2 matching bronze buckles.
Technical details
Grade 2 titanium case with deep shot peened surface
Polished, hinged CuSn8 bronze lugs
Case diameter: 43mm across. 41-52mm lug hole- lug hole (hinged and adjustable)
9.6mm height to top of bezel/ 13.4mm height including domed sapphire
Caseback: Exhibition caseback in Grade 2 titanium with deep shot peened surface
Engraved and signed. Numbered 01-50
Glass: 4mm thick double domed American sourced scratch resistant sapphire colourless. Single Anti Reflective coating applied internally. 1mm flat American sourced scratch resistant sapphire colourless caseback
Crown:  Extra Large “V” logo deep etched crown with double locking screw down mechanism, deep shot peened to match case and knurled surface
Water Resistance: 10atm

Cal 05 produced by Shanghai Watch Co. 40 Jewels, beating at 21600bph, 35H Power Reserve, Dark Frosted plates and Gold PNP balance cocks
Antishock protection system on balance wheel
Tolerance: +/- 30s/ day

Matt Dark grey painted brass skeleton dial
Applied Roman numeral hour indices (XII, III, VI, IX) in brushed bronze colour plating

Faceted and skeletonised brass hour hand in polished PNP
Heat blued steel skeletonised arrow shaped minute hand
Heat blued steel skeletonised seconds hand

Strap/ Bracelet
Genuine brown lizard 24mm strap with matching stitching and leather backing and black crown printed 24mm leather strap with matching stitching and leather backing.
Buckle:  2pc Tang buckle with ‘V’ logo cutout, and “moVas” deep engraved on sides in CuSn6 Bronze.

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