10 Mar '12, 7am

NEW Movement system - SAROS SYSTEM

PLANETARY AND SATELLITE WHEELS The Greek term Saros has been used since antiquity to designate an astronomical cycle of alignment patterns between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. This phenomenon inspired the design of the Sky-Dweller's annual calendar mechanism. The Saros system is designed around a fixed planetary gear wheel (equivalent to the Sun) at the centre of the movement. A satellite wheel (whose centre represents the Earth) engages with the planetary wheel and rotates, orbiting the planetary wheel in one month, driven by the date disc. The satellite wheel is fitted with four fingers (the Moon) for the four 30-day months (April, June, September and November). These fingers reach a specific position at the end of each month, and force the date to jump two days only in 30-day months. After one year, the system realigns to its original position, having completed a fu...

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