“I will try to explain the historical reasons that led me to build such or such a watch. As far as the resonance phenomenon is concerned, the intuition that energy is dissipated without being lost goes back to the 18th century and the research performed by the great chemist A.L. de Lavoisier (1743-1794), who stated his famous theory that is behind my modest convictions: “Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed”. With the invention of the pendulum, watchmakers noticed that their beat often interfered with their environment and it was not unusual for a pendulum clock to stop of its own accord when the pendulum entered into resonance with the luxury replica watches(http://www.1-swissreplica.com) driving-weight suspended from its cords. A particularly brilliant watchmaker, or “mechanical engineer” as he described himself, was the first to have the feeling that one might turn this disadvantage into an asset: Antide Janvier, born in 1751 in St. Claude, France. His idea was to build two complete movements with two precision escapements and to place them close to each other, ensuring that the two pendulums were hanging from the same construction. Just as he imagined, the pendulums recovered the energy dissipated by each other and began to beat together, thus entering into resonance.
Maintained by this wave and thus protected from outside vibrations, this principle considerably enhanced their precision. About 1780, Antide Janvier built two precision regulators, one of which is preserved at the Paul Dupuy museum in Toulouse and the second in the private collection of Montres Journe SA, Geneva. A third desk-top regulator is kept in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. Thirty years later, Abraham-Louis Breguet built a resonance regulator for Louis XVII, King of France, Cartier replica(http://www.1-swissreplica.com/Wholesale-replica-cartier_c13) which is now part of the collection of the Muse des Arts et Mtiers in Paris, and a second for the King of England, George IV, which is housed in Buckingham Palace. He also made a pocket-watch based on the same principle for each of these illustrious figures. To my knowledge, no-one else in watchmaking took any further interest in this fascinating physical phenomenon!
The advantages of this phenomenon in terms of precision led me to pursue my own personal research and attempts which, after fifteen years, enabled me to adapt it to a wristwatch for the second model in the Souveraine collection: the Chronomtre Resonance. I felt that this resonance system was particularly well suited to the various wrist movements that subject watch mechanisms to the repeated jarring which is so detrimental to their smooth running.”
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But there are certain limits that the watch industry is finding harder to stretch. The oft-discussed lack of manpower is still a very real issue. Various industry authorities have tried to respond by offering fast tailor-made training tracks so as to supply the market with fresh human resources as quickly as possible. The overloaded supplier network, which simply cannot meet orders in timeand has to turn down plenty more!Corum replica(http://www.1-swissreplica.com/Wholesale-replica-corum_c17) represents another major obstacle. Badly stung by the sudden market crisis of the 1980s, some suppliers simply refuse to run the risk of having to face a potential new slump and are therefore very reluctant to invest in expanding their production capacities.
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