BRITTANICA BLACK: CONTEMPORARY CHRONOMETRY COMES ASHORE
16 March 2016
The table-top counterpart of the sea-going Legacy Black, this chronometer is a thoroughly modern timepiece.
The ocean’s loss is dry land’s gain, as the Thomas Mercer Brittanica Black brings precision and aesthetic flair 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.
Mattblack, with brushed and diamond-like carbon stainless steel, it proudly reveals its intricate, highly accurate mechanism.
Celebrating British skills in the fields of furniture design and clock making, the Brittanica Black combines the style and elegance of Jake Phipps 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.
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 master clock or official local time. When the hands are synchronised, the escapement can be restarted, letting the balance wheel resume its oscillation.