Longines Pocketwatch Minute-repeater
Some watches form great subjects to talk about. Something to kickstart a conversation and immediately grab your audience. This is such a “conversation piece”!
Not only is it a beautifully executed gold pocket watch, but it also features an extremely impressive complication: a minute repeater. This mechanism was invented to let you tell the time in the dark, back in the days before electricity, when a nightlight was still a cumbersome thing having something to do with oil and fire. They are still made today but are only found in extremely high-end watches.
The minute repeater is a set of two resonating wires, much like circular chimes embracing the movement. A set of two hammers hits these chimes when the mechanism is activated through a slider on the side of the watch. First, you hear the hours, in the form of a series of “bongs”. Next, the quarter hours are sounded as a series of “bing-bongs”. Lastly, the minutes are indicated through a series of “bings”. So, for instance, 3:34 would be indicated as: “bong, bong, bong, bing-bong, bing-bong, bing, bing, bing, bing”.
How about that for some watch-making-muscle-flexing?!