Country watchmaker who challenges cutting-edge science
The measurement of longitude (east-west position) and latitude (north-south position) is very important when the ship is sailing at sea. In ancient times, Greek and Roman sailors judged the distance between a ship and the equator by observing the altitude of the North Star from the ground plane or the height of the noon sun, which is the latitude position of the ship. Until the middle of the 18th century, longitude remained an unknowable secret. For safety reasons, no matter whether it is a merchant ship, a warship, or even a pirate, they can only travel on latitude-based channels. Because of the frequent occurrence of shipwrecks, the British government also specifically offered a reward of 20,000 pounds (fast calculation, how much is 20,000 pounds worth 300 years ago today?), Calling on scientists to solve the problem of longitude.
Unexpectedly, this problem that Galileo, Newton and other scientists were helpless was solved by John Harrison, a carpenter from the British countryside. He overcomes failures again and again, endured trials and tribulations again and again, after 40 years of poor energy, he finally invented a wonderful timer—the magical sailing clock. Unfortunately, astronomers at the time refused to acknowledge his achievements, not only created various obstacles for Harrison, but also refused to award bonuses, which kept him until he was 83 years old.
This scientific name is called a marine precision timepiece, which looks like a big clock. It is used to measure longitude when going to sea. Although it is very cumbersome, it is very accurate when walking. Later, with the step-by-step innovation of technology, such timers have become smaller and smaller. By the 1960s and 1970s, people began to use satellites to navigate ships and no longer needed precision marine timepieces. This sounded unpredictable. The tool has also entered history.
的 The best companion for extreme sports at sea
As early as the beginning of the 20th century, various marine clock technologies were integrated into the design of watches. At that time, marine watches were equipped with an additional nautical dial based on ordinary watches. This dial can be rotated to calculate the world’s major City time. The dial is marked with the names of the cities of the world and the regional meridian. When the ship travels to a certain place, the crew can use Greenwich Mean Time to convert the time at the time of their current location according to the longitude of the location at the time to facilitate navigation.
At that time, there were few brands producing professional marine watches. Most of the products were for the navies of various countries, such as Athens, Panerai, Hamilton, etc. According to statistics, during World War II alone, 10,000 nautical watches manufactured by Hamilton for the US military were baptized by arms. Precise, sturdy, durable and resistant to abrasion, marine watches play an inestimable role on the battlefield.
With the advent of the peaceful era, marine watches gradually got rid of the ‘army’ shelf, and became more and more related to sports. Each brand is responsible for sponsoring various regattas. From Rolex to Blancpain, from TAG Heuer to Omega, they can be seen in classic events such as the America’s Cup. Various powerful limited edition watches let us Experience the outstanding strength of the brand in the development of marine watches. In addition to dual time zone display, countdown timer, tide display, waterproof and anti-seismic, modern technology and the spirit of nautical adventure are integrated into one, and it provides excellent timing tools for players who challenge the limit of the sea.
TAG Heuer Calibre S Chronograph ‘China Team’ Limited Edition Watch
Reference price: 20,400 yuan
庆祝 To celebrate the first cooperation with the China Team of the America’s Cup Regatta, TAG Heuer launched a limited edition watch of the Calibre S chronograph ‘China Team’ last year. It is equipped with six technical features, such as the anti-slip screw-in crown of the TAG Heuer watch altar, a unidirectional rotating bezel, a water-resistant depth of 300 meters, a luminous hands and time markers, a wear-resistant sapphire crystal, and a double safety buckle. The circle is decorated with two unique colors of the Chinese team in red and yellow, showing the perfect fusion of Eastern and Western cultures.
IWC Portuguese manual-winding watch
As a replica watch, this watch chooses a dial with a very special visual flavor from the various dials of the Portuguese series used earlier: the Arabic numerals and line scales are alternately used for the time mark, and the center of the dial is another An inner ring divides the actual measurement range. The minute scale ring uses the popular “chemin de fer” design, which is a rare classic.
Panerai Classic Sailing Chronograph
Reference price: 67,700 yuan
This is a watch specially designed for the Panerai Classic Sailing Challenge, limited to 500 pieces worldwide. This model follows the classic Luminor case, with a diameter of 44 mm. It is made of stainless steel. The bezel is matte. The bezel, chronograph button and crown bridge are polished. The bezel is engraved with a speed scale to calculate the average speed. The bottom part of the table is engraved with the words ‘Classic Yachts Challenge 2008′.
Longines Istituto Idrografico R. Marina
Italian Navy watch Reference price: 20,000 yuan
庆祝 To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the original model, the new Longines Istituto Idrografico R. Marina Italian Navy watch is reborn. Not only is it reminiscent of the spirit that the brand originally created for the Italian naval officers in Isomia, but also incorporates the latest technology and features. The black lacquered surface is lined with large luminous numerals and dark blue luminous hands, so that the wearer can read the time clearly and easily under any circumstances. The small seconds dial is set at 3 o’clock on the surface. The precision chronograph functions include a central seconds hand and a 30-minute cumulative dial at 9 o’clock.
Ith Zenith Defy Classic Sea Open
Reference price: 106,000 yuan
The new Sea nautical watch takes us into the magical marine world. The shape of the stainless steel bezel is distinctive, the dark blue is reminiscent of the ocean, and the sailing function, buoy-shaped timer and wavy wheat ear pattern make the dial look vivid and smooth. Fluorescent numerals and hour markers, white Superluminova fluorescent coated hands and a magnifying glass above the date ensure accurate reading of the time, becoming the favorite of sailors.
新款 Omega new hippocampus NZL-32 chronograph reference price: 34,800 yuan
新款 The new NZL-32 chronograph of the Omega Seahorse series, named after the NZL-32 sailing ship that won the America’s Cup in 1995, combines elegant appearance and powerful functions. In order to meet the captain’s and team members’ special needs in sailing competitions, Omega specially equipped this watch with a ‘countdown to the regatta’ function, which is achieved through five special circular indicator windows on the dial. Within ten minutes before the signal is issued, the first five minutes, the round window will gradually turn blue, and after five minutes, it will turn red to remind the crew of the time remaining before the official start.
Parmigiani Pershing Chronograph ‘one-one-five’ Limited Edition New Price
Combining the expertise of Pershing, one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, Parmigiani created the Aquatimer for the first time. The round case and the lines of tension are designed to resemble the hull curve; the sharp lugs are as slender as the sides of the Pershing yacht. The precious metal of 950 palladium, like the fine leather or rare wood inside the yacht, conveys the most beautiful essence.
RoRolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II watch Price store contact
名 The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II, designed for nautical sports, is the first high-end mechanical watch to use a mechanical memory function to preset a countdown. With this unprecedented superb technology, the watch can set a countdown from 0 to 10 minutes, and according to the order of the starting time of the rowing, each countdown time. During the countdown, the watch’s countdown can be synchronized with the official countdown.