GREENWICH

A FUTURE CLASSIC

GREENWICH
 

THE 21st CENTURY BRITISH MARINE CHRONOMETER

 

INSPIRED TO THE CLASSIC 1980’S GREENWICH, THIS MARINE CHRONOMETER AIMS TO BOTH CELEBRATE THE BRAND’S DASHING HERITAGE AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THE TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS OF BRITISH HOROLOGY.

 

Evoking the timekeepers jealously guarded today in Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory and once upon a time used in ships’ wheelhouses to navigate, explore and map the world, the Greenwich is encased in a finely veneered in macassar ebony and santos rosewood; with inlays in satinwood, this cabinet boasts a very distinctive high-gloss finish that embellishes not only its exterior but also – much rarer – its interior surface. An octagonal bezel invites one to admire both the dial of the chronometer from above, and the case assembly with its double gimbals suspensions. Made for the occasion in gold plated brass, the new case is designed to display the sophisticated mechanism in all its beauty when locked in its reverse position, hence a cylindrical tube and a 15mm thick bottom glass – both in extra-white crystal – offering an all-round view of the movement.

 

DESIGN AND UNIQUE FEATURES

A traditional dial unveiling an innovative movement.

The dial shows a traditional silvered finish with golden applique numbers and two apertures respectively displaying the sine-qua-non specifications of a marine chronometer: chain-fusee drive and spring detent escapement. Second and power reserve indicators have been respectively off-set at 3 and 9 o’clock to create a truly individual layout while fully respecting the centenary tradition of these precision timekeepers.

MATERIAL

The case is crafted from Macassar Ebony and Santos Rosewood and hand-polished brass.

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FINISHING

The metal is hand-polished with 3N gold plating, the dial is silvered and the timbers are sheen lacquer, full grain finish and burnished.

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SUSPENSION

The Greenwich features double gimbals, counterbalance free and double lock.

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GLASSES

The marine chronometer glasses are extra-white crystal.

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Mechanism

CALIBRE TM0803

Thanks to the reversed chain-fusee drive and spring detent escapement platform, the new Calibre TM0803 further enhances the philosophy of showing the beautiful precision engineering from the dial; Working as an infinitely variable gearbox, the former is responsible for delivering the mechanism an ever constant rate of energy, whereas the latter, with its escape wheel directly impulsing the balance without any anchor or lever in between, increases the escapement’s efficiency, joining together in the perfect combination for accuracy timepieces.

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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

 
 

Technical data

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 MECHANISM CASE

MaterialSolid brass
FinishHand polished and 4N gold plating (5 m thickness)
Suspension Double gimblas and double lock
GlassesExtra-white crystal

DIAL

MaterialSolid brass
FinishFully straight grained, engraved and silvered
SettingsRoman applique numerals
HandsStainless steel, hand made

Wooden Cabinet

Main TimberMacassar Ebony, Smoked Eucalyptus, Sycamore inlays
FinishA/C lacquer 90% sheen, full grain finish, burnished
GlassesExtra-white crystal
DimensionsHeight: 233 mm
Width: 360 mm
Depth: 315 mm

MECHANISM

CalibreTM0803
Power Reserve8 days
EscapementSpring Detent
OscillatorOvalising balance with cylindrical weights
DriveMechanical spring with Fusee and Steel chain system
Frequency14.400 bph
Jewels17
FunctionsHour, minute, second
IndicationsPower reserve indicator at 9, offset seconds at 3, escapement at 6
and visible chain fusee drive at 12
FinishGold plated, Blued steel screws.
DimensionsDiameter: 160mm
Height: 100mm
 

“The Greenwich further enhances the motto Respecting the Past, Reinventing the Future by introducing the concept of Future Classic, where all the distinctive marks of our heritage are incorporated within and reinvented.”

JOEL MERCER

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