LEGACY SHACKLETON EPIC

A Limited Edition honouring limitless courage

LEGACY SHACKLETON EPIC
 

CELEBRATING A FEAT OF SEAFARING NAVIGATION

Making marine chronometers, we have a keen spirit of adventure. Respecting our heritage, we have a strong sense of history. The Shackleton Epic unites these themes.

The Shackleton Epic marine chronometer pays homage to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s intrepid 1916 crossing of Antarctica and its 2013 re- enactment. On both voyages, the crew depended on a Thomas Mercer chronometer to determine longitude. Limited to just 25, the Shackleton Epic acts as a timely reminder of the mariner’s perseverance in treacherous conditions. Designed and manufactured with painstaking care, it is a fitting tribute.

 

design and unique features

ADVANCED TIME-KEEPING. FINE CABINET-MAKING

The chronometer case has an asymmetrical stainless steel body featuring precious elements in high-gloss Ziricote hardwood inlaid with fine metal settings. Inside, a gimbals suspension keeps the movement on an even keel in the roughest seas. Reflecting its inspiration, a map of the Southern Ocean showing the route of Shackleton’s voyage and the recent re-enactment is depicted on the rhodium-plated dial of the chronometer.

MATERIAL

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

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FINISHING

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

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SUSPENSION

The Legacy Shackleton Epic 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 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

 
 

SHACKLETON EPIC EXPEDITION

A RE-ENACTMENT OF A HEROIC, HAZARDOUS JOURNEY

The 2013 voyage followed the route taken by Shackleton and his five companions as they sought help for the stranded crew of HMS Endurance, crushed by Antarctic pack ice. Retracing the 1916 journey, renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis and his five-man crew sailed an exact replica of Shackelton’s 22.5ft whaler, taking period clothing, food and navigational equipment. Like heroic Sir Ernest, he took a Thomas Mercer chronometer.

 

Technical data

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Case

MaterialAISI 316 stainless steel
FinishHand polished
Suspension Double gimbals, counterbalance free and double lock
GlassesExtra-white crystal
DimensionsBase diameter: 316mm
Top ring diameter: 268mm
Height: 227mm

Dial

MaterialSolid brass
TechniqueBas-relief (minute ring, main body, power-reserve indicator counter)
FinishRhodium electroplating, dial mask featuring grene technique
SettingHour ring in Ziricote and Roman applique numerals
HandsBlued steel, handmade

Wooden base and setting

Main TimberZiricote
FinishA/C lacquer 90% sheen, full grain finish, burnished

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 plated.
DimensionsDiameter: 160mm
Height: 100mm
 

“The Legacy lovingly blends sophisticated and modern design with the attributes of Britishness and affinity with the sea that have distinguished Thomas Mercer since 1858. With the Shackleton Epic, a dashing heritage of 150 years honours the greatest small-boat journey of all time, of which our chronometer No 5229 is proud to have been a part.”

ALESSANDRO QUINTAVALLE
CEO, THOMAS MERCER

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GRAND COMPLICATION

Legacy

Black

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