BRITTANICA 1885 GOLD
30 September 2016
Perpetuating a dashing heritage. 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 to 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.
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.
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.