The system is much more simple on the R03 than on the R01 (which applied the same special set of crystals). The latter piece has a crazy motor system while the R03 has a face that is manually adjusted by turning the bezel. Let me try to explain a bit more in case the concept is a bit vague. Think of the system of two crystals as creating a series of shutters - nano shutters. When they are lined up one way the watch face looks totally black. As you turn the bezel the shutters move and the dial gets progressively more transparent, until it is totally clear. This means you can have the dial be totally black or totally clear, and everything in between. Cool right?
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The premise of the large timepiece is to have a retrograde hour indicator, subsidiary minute and seconds dial, and a large second time zone hand. Think of it as a very strange regulator style watch. It takes some mental adjustment to read, but it is doable. The automatic movement is made by Calvet, and really looks nice in all the different ways Ladoire has presented it.
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Case Diameter: 45.5 mm - polished Magic Gold or satin-finished Titanium
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So the ISA movement gives you two time zones, the second of which is digital-only, a stopwatch and alarm. Nothing exotic here, though I'd love it if they added a countdown timer. The analog portion is synchronized to the digital, and there are separate bidirectional motors for each hand, so when the hands move out of the way it only takes 2-3 seconds. Quite fun to watch.
The trick internal rotating bezel is a technical highlight of piece. Maurice Lacroix designed the inner bezel to be operated by a crown that is integrated with the top chronograph pusher. This eliminates the need for an additional crown - and sorta looks cool. However, the red version of the Pontos S does have an extra pusher on the left side of the case - that is for adjusting the date because it has an ETA Valjoux 7753. The other three models have ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movements. The difference is really just the layout, but more and more I am liking the more symmetrical display of the 7753 and 2894 versus the lopsided 7750. Don't get me wrong, I have much love for the stalwart workhorse that is the 7750, but it isn't too often one thinks of it as a sexy beast.
The movement inside of the watch is known as the Ven_10.1 digital quartz movement. I assume "Ven" stands for Ventura. It has the time, full calendar, chronograph, countdown timer, alarm, and second timezone. Made in Germany, the case is steel and comes in either this black tone, or in brushed steel. While it is available on a rubber strap, I think it looks best on the single link metal bracelet. The case is water resistant to 30 meters and is a rounded rectangle being 36.7mm wide by 41.8mm tall. I could have used a bit more size, but it is a unique look that works for many wrists. Plus, there are very few other watch cases out there with this shape. It feels very instrumental, but made for the home. Sometimes it looks like a bathroom weight scale made for the wrist.
Dimensions without lugs: 59mm long x 44mm wide x 17mm high
The large structures next to the crown are pushers. One is used to wind an auxiliary spring, which powers the spinning of the dial activated by the other pusher. Pumping away at the top pusher winds up the spring which allows the dial to spin around very quickly. The speed of the movement required the system to be very robust. Early versions of the mechanism failed. So de Grisogono spent a lot of extra time making sure you could spin, spin, and spin the dial all day long without mechanical failure. That would be sad. I hate breaking my toys.
Ball BMW Classic NM3010D-LCFJ-SL
‧Automatic caliber ETA 2892-2, chronometer certified COSC
‧12 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capacity
‧Patented Amortiser® anti-shock system
‧Anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m
‧Water resistant to 50m/160ft
‧Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date
‧Ø 40mm, height 10.87mm
‧Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
‧Tapered stainless steel bracelet or crocodile leather strap with folding buckle
‧Black / Blue / Grey / Silver