Girard-Perregaux has just unveiled the latest iteration of their iconic world-timer – the WW.TC Chronograph – this time presented in an eye-catching White Ceramic case. As with previous models the WW.TC Chronograph features 24 world times, date, small seconds, day/night indicator and of course a fly-back chronograph.
There is definitely something to be said for the advances in modern technology, especially when they are used to bring a traditional art to life – literally! The newly unveiled Bird Repeater from Jacquet Droz is one such example of this harmonious partnership, and the final result is nothing short of spectacular.
The Bird Repeater is a bona fide automaton; it performs specific functions according to a predetermined set of coded instructions, much like the incredible machine in the movie Hugo. Unlike that particular automaton though, this one has received the enviable benefit of the combined resources of the decorative crafts of the Jaquet Droz Atliers d’Art in La Chaux de Fonds. What does that mean exactly? It means that this is one seriously beautiful timepiece. I mean automaton.
Aspiring astronomers take note; today we have a special timepiece just for you. That’s right, the Instrument DBS Equation Sidereal (quite a mouthful I know, let’s just agree to call it the DBS from here on out, ok?) from luxury watchmaker Arnold & Son has been created specifically for stargazers. And we mean that in the literal sense, as opposed to say something like the Geo.Graham Moon we profiled last week, which is designed more for those who like to gaze at the stars on their wrist.
So, what makes it so special you ask? Well, as the name suggests the DBS is capable of calculating and displaying sidereal time, which is essentially a measure of the rotation of the earth relative to the stars as opposed to the sun. A mean sidereal day lasts 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.091 seconds, which is approximately 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day. This measure of time is particularly important to astronomers, who use it to track the direction needed to point a telescope at a particular star in the night sky.
What’s really cool about the DBS however is that it can also calculate and display solar time, at the same time!