I don´t know if all of you who are now going to read this article can already buy the Swatch Sistem51, but I hope so. Nick Hayek, CEO of Swatch Group, is doing everything he can to bring his ticking babies to the markets.
The Swatch Sistem51 features an automatic (self-winding) mechanical movement made from a total of 51 components. The components form five separate modules, which are welded into a single unit centered on a single screw. Conventional mechanical watch movements have at least twice as many components; some of the more complicated, high-end models have more than six hundred, assembled by hand over weeks or months by master watchmakers in their ateliers.
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Case: 42 mm
Modules: Plate with wheel train, gear train, hand fitting and date / Mechanical module / Escapement module / Automatic device module / Oscillating weight
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Height: 4.80 mm
Display: Hours, minutes, central seconds hand, date window
Functions: Automatic winding, 90 hour power reserve
Frequency: 21.600 A/h (= 3 Hz)
Rate precision: +/- 7 seconds/day; set by laser at the factory
Design: Printable surfaces, including oscillating weight and modules
Assembly: Under clean-room conditions on a fully automated, 20 meter long assembly line
Price: 150 Swiss Francs or 120 Euro
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