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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

GTE 2013: Heritage Watch Manufactory's Tensus

Taking place at the same time, in the same city as the SIHH is the Geneva Time Exhibition...GTE...a collection of sometimes interesting group of watchmakers, often smaller manufactures and independents who take advantage of the big SIHH show to draw crowds who are already in Geneva. Starting 1 day earlier, on a Sunday, when most journalists, enthusiasts and even retailers arrive a day early to recover from jet lag. I will feature a couple of pieces which seem interesting to me.

The first of 2 from a small manufacture: Heritage Watch Manufactory. This is the Tensus, which won the 2012 Superwatch award at GTE last year. Case and dial designed by Eric Giroud, with an independent manufacture Cal880 movement

Interesting 3/4 plate movement with engraving

The movement has a frosted finish, and the plates are nicely anglaged

The design features twin barrels and a constant force escapement, triple anchor escapement with double escape wheel.

The balance wheel is quite large, measuring 16mm in diameter, beating at 18,000 bph.

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