You have probably heard about minute repeater high end luxury watches created by the best watchmaking manufacturers, but do know what a repeater means? In a nutshell, it is an outstanding complication hidden in a mechanical watch, which audibly chimes the minutes or hours at the press of a special button. In other words, it is an optional feature of the luxury watch mechanism that chimes the time with the help of separate tones. In this way, minute repeater is considered to be one of the most difficult complications ever used in wristwatches. It turns any watch from a simple device for time indication into a real music box. So let’s look at several most prominent minute repeater designer watches!
Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph. These high end luxury watches with repeaters are available in a very limited edition of only 10 pieces for each of two options in rose gold and titanium. According to the company, the titanium model is the most appropriate for the minute repeater timepieces. The case is that the sound produced by the repeater depends on the material. Thus, the large case of the luxury watch model (like this one measuring 47mm in diameter) and light but hard metal alloys allow acoustic waves to propagate inside the watch maximizing the volume of the sound produced by the hammers.
A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time. This sample of luxury watches for men presented at SIHH 2014 features 18 karat rose gold case and hands and a silvered dial. However, the model is also available in 18 karat white gold and platinum cases. It is the world’s first mechanical luxury watch with a chiming mechanism and little hummers visible on the dial and a jumping oversized numerals display. What’s more, unlike other repeaters, this one can be programmed. In addition, if you don’t want the fantastic mechanism to sound, just press the push piece positioned at 4 o’clock, and it will silence the striking hammers.
Bulgari Commedia del ‘Arte Brighella. This is the first model of designer watches from the Commedia del ‘Arte series equipped with the cathedral gong – a minute repeater that is controlled by a button located at 10 o’clock. It comes in an 18 karat white gold case. When the chime sounds, the characters on the automaton dial begin to move in beautiful balletic motions. What’s more, to amplify the resonance of the repeater’s chimes, the company’s watchmakers have complemented with luxury watch model with a special alloy called Magsonic.
Breguet Classique “La Musicale” Ref. 7800. These 18 karat rose gold watches equipped with the repeater complication truly resemble a music box. Just push a button located at the 10 o’clock position and your wristwatch will play “Badinerie” composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. The point is that the model has a special disc with pegs acting successively on the 15 blades of the keyboard. The engine-turned membrane made of Liquidmetal Swatch is fitted under the movement producing the best sound. What’s more, the Classique “La Musicale” luxury watch model is water-resistant up to 30 meters.