BRITTANICA 1885 GOLD

PERPETUATING A DASHING HERITAGE

BRITTANICA 1885 GOLD
 

TRULY a BRITISH LEGEND OF TIMEKEEPING

Authenticity and integrity are essential elements of a true luxury brand. when each new creation REFLECts ITS TRADITION, A BRAND REMAINS RELEVANT AND TIMELESS. the brittanica 1885 is simply the ultimate TESTAMENT TO THIS.

Marine chronometers were invented to calculate longitude at seas and Thomas Mercer has been unquestionably the leading name in the history of precision instruments for navigation. Table regulators were specifically built for rating marine chronometers and the Brittanica 1885 is the tribute par excellence the legendary Table Regulator: originally built for the International Inventions Exhibition of 1885, it then brought precision to many timekeepers in the Thomas Mercer workshops.

 

DESIGN AND UNIQUE FEATURES

RESPECTING THE PAST, REINVENTING THE FUTURE.

The elegant lines of the Britannica 1885 are inspired by the illustrious Table Regulator which was created for the Great Inventions Exhibition of 1885 at London’s Albert Hall, and was for many subsequent years Thomas Mercer’s own workshop regulator. Straight grained and gold plated, the distinctive case features an aperture on the top to display the spring detent escapement and skeletonized dial, through which one can view the intricacies of the mechanism.

MATERIAL

The Brittanica is made of fully straight grained stainless steel and Macassar Ebony.

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FINISHING

The metal is hand-polished with 4N gold plating. The main timber is sheen lacquer, full grain finish and burnished.

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DIAL

Gold plated, the Brittanica 1885 Gold is features skeletonised dial and Roman applique numerals.

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GLASSES

Providing an all-round view, the marine chronometer glasses are extra-white crystal.

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Mechanism

CALIBRE TM0802

The mechanism features a fusee-and-chain transmission system that acts in a similar way to a gearbox, constantly changing gears to provide a consistent level of torque and stabilising the movement’s frequency. Ticking at the rate of 14,400 vibrations per hour, the escapement is visible above the dial and works in close conjunction with a balance wheel of ovalising type that is unique to Thomas Mercer. The mechanism is located above the dial and visible through a set of extra-white crystals.

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POWER RESERVE

8 days

 

ESCAPEMENT

Spring Detent with fusee-and-chain drive.

 

MAIN FUNCTIONS

Hour, Minute, Second, Power Reserve, Start/Stop device

 

DIMENSIONS

Height 183 mm
Width 150 mm
Depth 90 mm

 
 

Chain-fusee drive

The calibre TM0802 features a fusee-and-chain transmission system that acts in a similar way to a gearbox, constantly changing gears to provide a consistent level of torque and stabilising the movement’s frequency. Ticking at the rate of 14,400 vibrations per hour, the escapement works in close conjunction with a balance of ovalising type that is unique to Thomas Mercer.

 

Technical data

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CASE

MaterialAISI 316 stainless steel
FinishHand polished, straight grained, gold plated
SettingsMacassar Ebony, A/C lacquer 90% sheen
GlassesExtra-white crystal
DimensionsHeight 333 mm
Width 240 mm
Depth 152 mm

DIAL

MaterialAISI 316 stainless steel
TechniqueSkeletoning
SettingsWooden hour ring and Roman applique numerals
FinishGold plated
HandsStainless steel, hand made

MECHANISM

CalibreTM0802
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, start/stop lever
IndicationsPower reserve indicator at 6, offset seconds with visible escapement at 12
FinishGold plated. Dark grey steel screws.
DimensionsHeight: 183mm
Width: 150mm
Depth: 90 mm
 

TABLE REGULATOR

International Invention Exhibition, London 1885.

 

“History gives depth to a brand, and timelessness to his creation. It does not mean imprisonment to the past, but rather heritage and continuity shaping the present and the future.”

Jean-Noël Kapferer
Luxury Strategist

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