Interesting Complications in Watchmaking

The experts at HODINKEE guide us through the latest industry innovations

by HODINKEE Some seriously complicated watches have been unveiled recently—and we’re not just talking perpetual calendars and minute repeaters. We’re talking about entirely novel ways to count and tell time by utilizing new power systems, integrating liquids with mechanics and combining existing complications in new ways. Although Francois Quentin’s 4N essentially displays the time with a digital-style readout, this watch’s mechanism is far from an …

Experiment ZR012

Horological history made with Nitro, a new collaboration project by MB&F and URWERK

United by one-track minds focused on horological innovation, MB&F and URWERK recently teamed up on a new experimental project to bend the boundaries of timepiece engineering. Project C3H5N3O9—the molecular formula for nitroglycerine, so Nitro for short—introduces the first fruit of its labor, Experiment ZR012, a limited-edition watch unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. With each working mechanism open and on show, the intricate ZR012 calls …

RAMP Sports

Rapid prototyping and Kevlar construction underscore a line of handmade skis

Based out of Park City, Utah RAMP Sports (AKA “Riders Artists Musicians Project”) has just released a line of skis using next-generation rapid prototyping and vacuum molding to create their boards. Their modern equipment has allowed them to create unique molds and build prototypes in record time by making small adjustments to a DXF file. For skiers and riders, this means that boards can be …