ANTARCTIC ENDURANCE

A ONE-OFF CHRONOMETER FOR A UNIQUE EXPEDITION

ANTARCTIC ENDURANCE
 

NEW MILLENNIUM, STILL MAKERS TO THE ADMIRALTY

A 6-WEEK SAILING AND MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITION TESTING SEAMEN’S TEAM DYNAMICS AND PERFORMANCE IS ALSO A TESTING TIME FOR A SPECIALLY BUILT THOMAS MERCER CHRONOMETER.

 

We have supplied a chronometer to the RN and RM Antarctic Endurance 2016, a research programme designed to analyse adventure-training techniques. The chronometer benefits from lessons learned when our founder tested his prototype shockproof suspension in Icelandic water. His experience led to the ‘Trawler Suspension’ fitted to this model.

 

DESIGN AND UNIQUE FEATURES

PERFECTED ON A TRAWLER. PERFORMING ON A YACHT

The Antarctic Endurance chronometer’s design draws on our heritage to reintroduce the distinctive ‘Trawler Suspension’, a solution that withstands the violent motion of fishing vessels. In 1910, Frank Mercer took a trip on an Icelandic trawler  to experience first-hand the conditions a chronometer suffered in rough seas. After  three weeks of testing in different positions and conditions, he designed a new suspension with a shock-absorbing device using  a frame supporting the gimbals by means of a set of springs and handles.

MATERIAL

The main timber is Smoked Eucalyptus and the case is AISI 316 stainless steel.

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FINISHING

The metal is hand-brushed polished and the main timber is sheen lacquer, full grain finish and burnished.

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SUSPENSION

The Antarctic Endurance feature the antishock double gimbals of Trawler type counterbalance free and double lock.

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GLASSES

The marine chronometer’s glasses are extra-white crystal.

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Mechanism

CALIBRE TM0801

The mechanism breaks new ground while retaining the classic elements of a pure marine chronometer. With a symmetrical layout and skeletonised plates, the detent escapement has been moved from its traditional place on the back plate to a new position where it can be viewed through the dial apertures. The gimbals suspension allows the mechanism to be rotated to reveal its innovative craftsmanship.

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POWER RESERVE

8 days

 

ESCAPEMENT

Spring Detent with fusee-and-chain drive

 

MAIN FUNCTIONS

Hour, Minute, Second, Power Reserve

 

DIMENSIONS

Diameter: 160mm
Height: 100mm

 
 

ANTARCTIC ENDURANCE

A SIGNATURE PIECE

The Antarctic Endurance is equipped with the quintessential marine chronometer mechanisms calibre TM0801. This shines in its full beauty on the polished mirror plate of the base which not only reflects the intricacies of the movement, but also feature the engraved Antarctic Endurance logo and the motto “Inspire-Educate- Celebrate”.

 

 

Technical data

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CASE

MaterialAISI 316 stainless steel
FinishHand polished, straight grained
TimberSmoked eucalyptus, A/C lacquer 90% sheen
Suspension Double gimblas, counterbalance free and double lock mounted on
the additional 5-spring “Trawler” suspension
GlassesExtra-white crystal
DimensionsHeight 333 mm
Width 418 mm
Depth 332 mm

DIAL

MaterialAisi 316 stainless steel
TechniquePower-reserve indicator in Bas-relief
FinishSmoked eucalyptus plate, applique Roman numerals, minute ring
and logos
HandsStainless steel, hand made

MECHANISM

CalibreTM0801
Power Reserve8 days
EscapementSpring Detent
Oscillator Ovalising balance with cylindrical weights
DriveMechanical spring with Fusee and Steel chain system
Frequency14.400 bph
Jewels17
FunctionsHour, minute, second
IndicationsPower reserve indicator at 12, small seconds with visible escapement at 6
FinishRhodium and All Black electroplating
DimensionsDiameter: 160mm
Height: 100mm
 

“With a heritage featuring the attribute “Maker to the Admiralty”, it is always a profound honour to provide the Royal Navy with marine chronometers and thus reinforce a relationship that has endured for two centuries.”

JOEL MERCER

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GRAND COMPLICATION

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