• Kristian Haagen

THOMAS MERCER CRYSTAL CHRONOMETER


Thomas Mercer is delighted to announce the launch of its latest creation, the Crystal, a timepiece paying tribute to the 1980’s eponymous model, arguably the most sophisticated design ever conceived in its glorious past.


Its distinctive case featuring a rhomboidal-shaped mechanism floating inside a glass tube can be regarded as one of the milestones paving the way for the "Art of Bespoke Timekeeping" philosophy that sets the brand apart today.

The original timepiece stood for its ground-breaking, horizontally laid out, eight-day movement mounted within a cylindrical glass revolving case on a rectangular plinth. The dial was partially skeletonised, boasting a silvered Roman chapter ring, eccentric subsidiary dials for seconds, and a power reserve indicator.


Faithful to its motto "Respecting the past, reinventing the future", Thomas Mercer now evolves the Crystal by introducing a set of innovative features.



The gold-plated brass frame gives way to elegant stone elements of orange onyx. This rare variety hails from Mexico and stands for a low level of inclusions, making it almost pure and organic to sight. The choice of onyx is also extended to the dial, conferring a refined look whilst maintaining its original sheerness. Such exclusive touch is enriched with elegant applique numbers and counters.


In the ever-present blend of tradition and innovation, the mechanism adds annual calendar and sky chart to the original indications of power reserve and offset seconds. In perpetuating the brand’s maritime heritage, the sky chart is a homage to antique navigators who, in the olden days, charted their plot course using the stars combined with a marine chronometer. The star map shows - in real-time - the constellations over the skies of the Greenwich Observatory or, at request, over a location of the Client’s choice.


Further to the new complications, the movement flaunts an innovative winding and adjusting system. The provisions for winding and setting the hands through the rear of its cylindrical glass are now replaced by two cutting-edge, wristwatch-inspired crowns. These crowns can be pulled in-out and rotated to wind the mechanism respectively and regulate the indications of hour, minute, annual calendar and sky chart.


Further to the new complications, the movement flaunts an innovative winding and adjusting system. The provisions for winding and setting the hands through the rear of its cylindrical glass are now replaced by two cutting-edge, wristwatch-inspired crowns. These crowns can be pulled in-out and rotated to wind the mechanism respectively and regulate the indications of hour, minute, annual calendar and sky chart.


As per the brand’s sign of distinction, the mechanism offers an all-around view and features Thomas Mercer's sine-qua-non chain-fusee drive and spring detent escapement.


To attest to the increased importance of the piece from its ancestor, dimensions follow the growth suit and move from 295 x 130 x 150 (h) mm to 400 x 260 x 260(h) mm.


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