30 Sep '15, 12am

The Baume & Mercier Five Minute Repeater Pocket Watch And Promesse Jade Timepiece

Invented by Samuel Watson in 1710, the five minute repeater works by first chiming the hours, and then chiming the number of five minute intervals past the hour, allowing the time to be told with more accuracy than is possible with a quarter repeater (which chimes only the hour and then, the nearest number of quarter hours) though of course, not as accurately as a minute repeater. The five minute repeater is a quite rare complication nowadays – the module is sourced from Dubois Depraz and has in the past been used by Kelek (which was purchased by Breitling in 1997) but there are probably far fewer five minute repeaters in any given year than minute repeaters; I don't know of any other five minute repeater movements or modules in current production. The movement is openworked, and the watch is a limited edition of 30 pieces worldwide, priced at $54,000 – all in red gold, an...

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