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Frederique Constant is releasing a 40hz mechanical watch that uses a single-piece silicon balance in place of the traditional Swiss lever. There's a really great video at the top of this article - worth the 12 minutes to check it out. Frederique Constant is owned by Citizen - maybe we could see this tech in a Japanese watch in a few years? Here's hoping! That Accutron/Spring-Drive level of smoothness in the sweep second hand is just awesome...

 

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Pretty mind blowing. I wonder what the mean time between failures is for parts like this? Also, how shock resistant? I noted that one of the speakers said that the movement would use no oil on the oscillator, which will replace the entire balance wheel assembly. 10x the steps of a mechanical/automatic second hand. Pretty impressive.
 

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It's a fair question - all that flexing makes my mind think of failures due to material fatigue. Having said that, silicon is a pretty amazing material...
 

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Amazing innovation.
Really showcase what modern material, engineering and manufacturing can do to improve mechanical watch.
 
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