Craftsmen like Vianney Halter are a rare variety. Vianney Halter made a name for himself on the autonomous watchmaking scene during the 1990s with watches not at all like anything you’ve at any point seen. Creation takes time, patience and perseverance for this propelled, autonomous spirit… In 2013, the presentation of his Deep Space triple-axis Tourbillon shut down a six-year creative pause. It took Vianney another eight years to introduce his Deep Space Resonance. Notwithstanding, the idea of creating a resonance, twin-balance regulator arose in Halter’s psyche 25 years ago when he started learning to play the piano.
The idea of resonance is that two oscillating bodies in nearness impact each other and eventually synchronize. Basically: a vibration in one article can cause an equal vibration in another, nearby item. For instance, strike a tuning fork, bring a subsequent tuning fork close to it, and it will start to vibrate in sympathy. The Dutch researcher and mathematician Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) foresaw that resonance could be applied to watchmaking following the observation of pendulums swinging from the same wooden beam. About a century later, Antide Janvier (1751-1835) created resonance timekeepers and Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) was the first to chip away at the application of the wonder in watches – with balance haggles pendulums. From that point forward, resonance fell almost completely into insensibility (for watchmakers) until the 1980s.
Credits where credit is expected, the cutting edge history of resonance started during the 1980s with François-Paul Journe, who was straightforwardly motivated by crafted by Breguet. The original dual development of the Chronomètre à Résonance (the photos above are early prototypes) was planned with two arrangements of free barrels, gear trains and regulators. These are laid out freely and symmetrically. One of the two balance cocks turns to finely adjust the distance between the two oscillators so they will work “sympathetically” to achieve greater chronometric exactness. Beat Haldimann (with timekeepers or his H2 Flying Resonance wristwatch) or Antoine Preziuso (with his TT3 TriTourbillon Resonance) stuck to this same pattern with resonance watches. All the more as of late, Armin Strom introduced its Mirrored Force Resonance idea with a technical arrangement comprising of associating twin oscillators by a steel coupling spring attached to their stud.
Vianney Halter’s vision of Resonance
Vianney Halter’s interest in resonance isn’t later; in 1994 he established a company named Manufacture Janvier SA, named after Antide Janvier who, among different creations, crafted twofold pendulum resonance timekeepers. As you cabn imagine, Halter examined prior resonance watches, in particular, the early 1800s outlines of Abraham Louis Breguet’s attempts to achieve resonance.
His research persuaded him that utilizing a connection or the like to transmit mechanical waves would be the optimal answer for enhance resonance (much the same as Armin Strom did). In this regard, Halter alludes specifically to acoustic resonance. Along these lines, his idea was to have the two spirals attached to a common extension. With it, the two oscillators could impact each other and attain resonance. Vianney Halter started to imagine a demonstration prototype that he worked in 2007 utilizing parts from two identical Russian Deck timekeepers and interfacing their oscillators with a strong extension…
But in 2011, another venture and challenge arose, as Vianney Halter was about to introduce the Deep Space Tourbillon (launched in 2013). As its name recommends, this watch was genuine space-like watchmaking, with an entrancing triple-axis central tourbillon literally floating under a high-arch sapphire crystal. The idea was to address our reality with the triple components of space, besides, a fourth one, that of time.
In 2019, the two balances of his resonance demonstrator were beating as one with stable behavior. Vianney Halter imagined the Deep Space Tourbillon as the host to transcend resonance. To maximize the marvel, the two hairsprings are fixed on one or the other side of the same wheel inside the cage. These are stuck to the same stud holder (or rather to a two-stud holder in one piece) that is attached to the wheel to transmit vibrations in an optimal way. In addition, both balance wheels are driven by the same barrel thanks to a differential gearing.
The Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance
It took Vianney the sum of 2020 to create the Deep Space Resonance Prototype. The architecture of the twin-balance, triple-axis tourbillon module is really spectacular. Featuring 42 cleaned steel pillars (a gesture to a 1939 marine chronometer by Achille Benoit), its construction depends on concentric cages. The deepest cage holds the balances and weighs 0.6 grams for 162 parts. This cage rotates inside the traverse in 60 seconds. The traverse weighs 2.8 grams and rotates around its horizontal axis quickly. The traverse is mounted in the cradle, which rotates on its vertical axis quickly. The entire framework is composed of 371 (magnificently hand-completed) individual parts. Unadulterated art.
Interestingly, Halter reports that the balances synchronize and oscillate at the same time, however not necessarily the same way. The ‘resonance mode’ relies upon the situation of the balances before they start beating and it is kept until the finish of the force save. Whenever the watch is wound, the balance may beat in an alternate mode. The balances beat at 21,600 vibrations each hour, with 65 hours of force hold on one barrel – at least for the prototype, however this could be truly amplified for the creation pieces.
The original time display was straightforwardly enlivened by the Vernier caliper. The hours and quarters can be read in the top aperture. At the base aperture, one can read the supplemental minutes by finding where the marks match the best.
This fascinating mechanical miniature universe is housed in a 46mm case under an amazing 10mm-high domed sapphire crystal. Fashioned out of titanium for the prototype, its science fiction propelled configuration is similar to that of the Deep Space Tourbillon with particular details, for example, the signature Vianney Halter crenelated crown and remarkable carries. Overall, the watch is 50mm x 52mm x 20mm, the exact same measurements as the Deep Space Tourbillon. On the wrist, it wears smaller than I anticipated. Last, the caseback of the prototype doesn’t feature explicit engravings as it very well may be personalized by the future owner.
The Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance Triple Axis Tourbillon is currently available for pre-request with a lead time for conveyance of about a half year. Cost is set at CHF 860,000. This will probably be far off for most… yet what a fascinating watch!
For more information, please visit www.vianney-halter.com .