a lightweight and non-magnetic alloy, that resists corrosion, scratches and shocks and will have the carbon escapement of the ID-ONE, that will not need lubrication or adjustment at all!The tourbillon bridges and escape wheel are build in carbon crystal and made by DRIE,
which makes parts with an extreme high standard. DRIE technology (Deep Reactive Ion Etching) is a technique that makes it possible to produce micro mechanical components with an extreme precision, besides that it lends itself particularly well for carbon crystal.To ensure maximum performance of the escape wheel, all the teeth are crafted with the utmost precision. Compared to the carbon escapement, even very good ordinary escape wheels, are much less reliable. Since the carbon crystal is so hard, smooth and well finished it does not need any lubrication.These carbon crystal components reach ultra-precise tolerances, to a thousandth of a millimeter, i.e. one micron, and have extremely smooth surfaces. Qualities like this are essential for the escape-wheel and the mono-bloc anchor, which dispense their life essential impulses, with maximum efficiency and……..don’t forget, I can’t say it too much, no need for lubrication! This smoothness is essential in the Astrotourbillon carbon crystal since the lack of lubrication means the teeth of the escape-wheel dispense six precisely timed motive impulses per second to the mono-bloc anchor. These impulses maintain the continual swinging of the oscillator.Other parts that do not need lubrication are the steel tubes,
I have the black Santos myself and unlike ordinary PVD, the ADLC coating does not show any scratch at all, after years of almost daily wear.
Carbon crystal exceeds 10.000 Vickers. Bearing jewels become superfluous.
Carbon crystal is not only transparent and non magnetic, it is also very light.
The escapement-wheel must be momentarily halted and instantly reaccelerated, six times per second, so every milligram of weight, that can be pared away results in significant energy savings. So producing the escape-wheel and the anchor in was done to bring the weight down as much as possible.
Adjustable folding clasp in 18-carat white gold.
Water resistant to 30 m / 100 ft / 3 bars
Adjustment-free and lubrication-free escapement
Tourbillon with axis at the center of the movement
Carbon crystal tourbillon bridges, anchor and escape-wheel
Tungsten carbide escapement pivots
Number of jewels: 17
Power reserve: 50 hours
Diameter: 40.1 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Number of pieces : 195
Frequency: 3Hz i.e., 21’600 oscillations/hour
Since in general, the service on a tourbillon is pretty complicated and labor-intensive,
it has a higher price tag than other watches like a chronograph or a time only watch.
If the service on these tourbillon movement can now be reduced to hardly none, the sky will be the limit, for future tourbillon owners.
Official presentation January 2013.