BRITTANICA BLACK

CONTEMPORARY CHRONOMETRY COMES ASHORE

BRITTANICA BLACK
 

CUTTING-EDGE. ULTIMATELY.

THE TABLE-TOP COUNTERPART OF THE SEA-GOING LEGACY BLACK, THIS CHRONOMETER IS A THOROUGHLY MODERN TIMEPIECE. MATT- BLACK, WITH POLISHED AND DIAMOND-LIKE-CARBON STAINLESS STEEL, IT PROUDLY REVEALS ITS INTRICATE, HIGHLY ACCURATE MECHANISM.

 

The ocean’s loss is dry land’s gain, as the Thomas Mercer Brittanica Black brings precision and aesthetic air to the table. Based on an Octagon theme, the design features a number 8 on the case, bezel and base. The skeletonised dial creates a ruggedly modern look.

 

DESIGN AND UNIQUE FEATURES

TRULY BRITISH. AND MODERN.

Celebrating British skills in the fields of furniture design and clock making, the Brittanica Black combines the style and elegance of a Jake Phipps design with the precision, flawless manufacturing and exclusivity of Thomas Mercer. The collaboration has produced a contemporary, high-precision table chronometer with a matt-black and straight grained stainless steel case. It is also fitted with a set of extra- white crystals that provide an all-round view on the Brittanica Black’s exceptionally polished and bevelled movement.

MATERIAL

The Brittanica is made of fully straight grained and DLC coated stainless steel.

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FINISHING

The movement is bi-colour with a mix of Rhodium and All-Black electroplating.

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DIAL

All Black electroplated, the Brittanica Black 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

 
 

START/STOP LEVER

The calibre TM0802 features a doubly useful start/stop system. On the one hand, it launches the spring detent which – unlike the majority of escapements – needs an initial jumpstart.

On the other, it blocks the balance wheel when setting the time, thus bringing it to a halt. It is then easier to set the time according to a main clock or of cial local time. When the hands are synchronised, the escapement can be restarted, letting the balance wheel resume its oscillation.

 

Technical data

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CASE

MaterialAISI 316 stainless steel
FinishFully straight grained, matt DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating
GlassesExtra-white crystal
DimensionsHeight 333 mm
Width 240 mm
Depth 152 mm

DIAL

Materialstainless steel and brass
TechniqueSkeletoning
SettingsRoman applique numerals
FinishAll Black elecroplating
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
IndicationsPower reserve indicator at 6, offset seconds with visible escapement at 12
FinishRhodium plated with dark grey tones. Blued steel screws.
DimensionsHeight: 183mm
Width: 150mm
Depth: 90 mm
 

“The Brittanica Black is a truly cutting-edge timepiece that continues Thomas Mercer’s journey in the 21st century. Its sleek and modern aesthetics usher the brand’s heritage of innovation, expertise and craftsmanship in a new dawn of excellence.”

ALESSANDRO QUINTAVALLE
CEO, THOMAS MERCER

OBSERVATORY

GRAND COMPLICATION

Legacy

Black

Legacy

SHACKLETON EPIC

SPECIAL PIECES

BRITTANICA OW 2015