The Athens Grand Deck flagship tourbillon watch is inspired by the ultra-complicated craftsmanship of nautical craftsmanship. The hand-carved wood grain dial seems to be placed on the plywood of a giant wheel and feel the vastness of the sea. The design of the time display is even more original: the high-tech nanowires pull the slider to display the minutes, and the hours are displayed on two coaxial dials. This patented device also contains a spectacular tourbillon, adjusted by another barrel. This incredible work is inherited from the Athenian Classic Nautical Observatory watch series and is displayed in 18K white gold.
Presented in a 44mm white gold case, this complex mechanism is water resistant to 100 meters. The dial design of the ‘Grand Deck’ is just like an exquisitely designed luxurious giant wheel. The blue rubber indented screw-down crown and coin-shaped bezel, and the hand-engraved teak-textured dial are extremely delicate, reminiscent of a deck exposed to sunlight. The blue aluminum minute hand slider moves from 3 to 9 o’clock in a semi-transparent blue spinel curved scale; the slider is connected by a high-tech nanowire to four pulleys fixed by blue star screws. The tourbillon with the sign of the anchor of Athens reflected each other. In addition, the bezel details and decorative line design at the top of the dial are extremely delicate, incorporating nautical elements into it. The honor symbol of the Athenian Marine watch series is placed in the center of the international signal flags representing ‘U’ and ‘N’, echoing the brand’s historical design of astronomical clocks for ships.
The watch is equipped with a UN-630 hand-wound movement and a 60-second flying tourbillon. It contains 469 components and has a frequency of 3 Hz. Although the innovative slider design requires a lot of energy, the watch still offers the best accuracy and has a power reserve of more than 48 hours. The first barrel is used for the timekeeping device; the second barrel provides power for the hour and minute display, which can be adjusted via a special escapement that collects information from the timepiece. The dual barrel design (one for the movement and the other for the time display) prevents this complex structure from affecting the movement of the watch. Behind the movement, the wearer can enjoy the winding and retracting posture of the spring through the hollowed-out barrel, which is both practical and ornamental. When the watch is wound, the clockwork surrounds the center of the barrel; on the contrary, when the power is exhausted, the spring will relax to the edge of the barrel.
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