We often say that the small three-hand watch refers to the hour and minute hands sharing the center position of the dial. In addition, an independent small disc is established for the second hand, which shortens the length of the second hand and displays the operation of the second hand separately. Add a small window to the second hand for the second hand. In the dial layout of the watch, the clever design of the small three-hand dial makes the dial layout more changeable. How the small second dial is placed and where it is placed is a good interpretation of time aesthetics.
As we all know, wristwatches are derived from the performance of pocket watches. At the beginning of the invention of mechanical pocket watches, there was no coaxial design of the hands, but the hour hand, minute hand, and second hand each had a dial to read each. Later, in order to reduce the size of the mechanical watch and also due to the limitations of the process at that time, the hour and minute hands were placed on a shaft. Therefore, the old pocket watches are mostly a single small plate for the second hand, and the small three hands of the minute and hour coaxial coaxial disk design. Judging from the history of clock development, the small three-hand watch appeared before the large three-hand watch. In 1776, Geneva watchmaker Jean Moiva Puzai pushed the first small three-hand watch.
I personally think that the small three-pin is quite retro in style, and has an ‘instrumental feel’ on old machines. The small three-pin is one of the most common phenotypes, and it is not only different in appearance from the big three-pin watch. Inside the watch, in addition to the three-handed watch, there must be three different gear running spaces on the shaft in addition to three different track heights on one axis. The internal space of the movement must be large enough to accommodate it. . But for the small three-hand watch, the small second hand is independent, so the movement of the watch can be 1 to 2 mm thinner. And the design of the small three-hand watch greatly reduces the power consumed when the second hand moves.
Take Vacheron Constantin’s Cal.4400 AS manual winding movement as an example. Its small second hand is located at 6 o’clock on the dial. As can be seen from the gear train layout of its movement, its power transmission is very simple and smooth.
Power is transmitted from the mainspring of the 1st position. After passing the 2nd position of the 2nd position, the 2nd position drives the 3rd position of the 3rd position and the 3rd position drives the 4th position. The escapement wheel is controlled by the escapement system to achieve regular rotation. Then, the regularity is fed back to the four wheels, the four wheels are fed back to the three wheels, the three wheels control the sub-wheel, and the sub-control the time wheel, and finally realizes the pointer rotation.
For the junior hand movement, we usually place the second wheel directly in the middle, which is equivalent to adding the second wheel, the second wheel, and the hour wheel at the center, which will undoubtedly increase the movement. thickness of. It can also be said that the small three-hand watch has an inherent advantage and can be thinner than the large three-hand watch.
The most ‘beautiful’ small three stitches
Who is the most ‘beautiful’ small three-pin, this topic is often mentioned in the Watch House Forum. As a matter of opinion, although the answers of table friends are different, there are also some models that are often mentioned. . Such as Vacheron Constantin’s TRADITIONNELLE series small three-hand watch.
The diameter of 38 millimeters is exactly the thickness of the wrists of men in Asia. Perhaps this is not popular in the large case now, but the big waves are sandy. Time will test everything. Wearing a watch will eventually return to match the size. The ultra-thin case, measuring just 7.77 mm, can be easily retracted into the shirt cuff. The Cal.4400 AS manual winding movement provides a 65-hour power reserve. Four materials of the case, of which Perkin gray dial is the most durable, of course, the price is also the highest.
Patek Philippe’s Calatrava series small three-hand watch is also the most popular small three-hand watch. The 37 mm case is similar to the small three-hand watch of Vacheron Constantin. It uses the Cal.215 PS manual winding movement. For the four material models, the Perkin dial has a slightly different design.
Lange’s SAXONIA series of small three-handed watches, unpretentious. If Switzerland’s small three-handed watch has a flowing and dynamic sense, the German small three-handed watch is heavier and more meticulous. The German Cal.L941.1 manual winding movement, which is completely different from the Swiss movement, gives people a different feeling.
This tantalum Chronometre Bleu small three-hand manual watch introduced by F.P. Journe in 2009 has only made a few hundred so far. The design of the small seconds dial at 7,8 o’clock is also different from the ordinary small three-hand watch. The luster of the material, the color of the dial and the unique position of the second dial make many people think that this is perhaps the most beautiful small three-hand watch.
Dear friends, which is the most beautiful small three-hand watch in your mind?