Overcoming obstacles and braving the impossible to attain perfection and excellence; this philosophy motivated Quinting to create the first and only 100% transparent watch in the world.
Quinting’s movement stemmed from the desire to see time told through hands floating on a watch wearer’s wrist. This is made possible by superposing several thin, previously metalized, sapphire discs given an antireflection coating. It is with this very complicated system of stationary and moving sapphire discs that the watch runs.
With the exception of 7 parts, including the hands, all the components of a Quinting watch, numbering 230 and 26 sub-assemblies are manufactured exclusively for Quinting. The watches are assembled by hand at the manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since the creation of the first chronograph released on the market Quinting developed 3 more 100% transparent movements
Quinting belongs to the elite of the watch-making industry, the very small circle of watch brands which produce their own movements, therefore earning the status of watch-making manufacture.
Quinting’s movements are composed of a superposition of sapphire discs, some of which are stationary and the rest of which are mobile. The sapphire discs are metalized and given an anti-reflection coating. The system is very complicated and requires extreme precision. The layers need to be perfectly parallel, the distance between each sapphire measures between 0,08 to 0,10 millimeters.
The perfect concentricity of the sapphires used by Quinting is crucial. Their perfection is attained by pushing the limits of precision that today’s technology can obtain.
In order to assemble a Quinting watch, 100% accuracy is required, unlike standard movement where an accuracy of 80% is sufficient.
This exceptional technology puts Quinting watches among the most sophisticated and complicated models on the watch-making market.
Breguet created the tourbillon for the pocket watch to compensate the effects of gravity. For the wrist watch, Quinting developed the cyclone. This system not only compensates the effects of gravity, but also the effects of synergy induced by movements of the wrist.
The cyclone has two movements which turn in opposite directions, one sapphire disc rotating clockwise and one counter clockwise at the speed of the second hand. Thus, if some wheels accelerate, the other ones decelerate and due to the mysterious system of Quinting, the forces will be compensated, not only the ones of gravity, but also the strong ones which are created by rough movements of the wrist.
MYSTERIOUS LITTLE WATCH-MAKER
Quinting chronographs reset in case of shock. Quinting manufacture was able to make this possible by placing a mysterious little watchmaker inside the watch. The wheels were assembled on clutches, allowing them to disengage. If the hands of the chronographs are no longer at 12 am due to shock, the mechanism has automatically disengaged the wheels. To re-engage the wheels, one must push the chronograph buttons, and as if by magic, the counters will readjust simultaneously.
THE ADDED VALUE OF THE MOVEMENT
It is a pleasure to hold something in your hand with the knowledge that whoever made it took extra care and time to ensure its perfection. Quinting watches are one of those exceptional objects.
The movement is impossible to copy. No fakes exist, nor will they. It is the first and only 100% transparent movement, and the first and only sapphire movement.
The extremely delicate operation of fabricating Quinting’s movement is performed in a white room (dust free) to ensure perfect transparency. The movement is 100% transparent, because the mechanism is in sapphire. This advanced technique requires an elevated level of precision and knowledge. Unlike other complicated watches that have metal toothed discs, complicated Quinting watches contain wheels composed of sapphire, rubber, and metal. This characteristic demands high quality workmanship and absolute precision from the watch maker, placing Quinting watches among the most sophisticated and complex on the market
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE COMPLICATED MOVEMENT IN METAL
THE COMPLICATED QUINTING MOVEMENT IN SAPPHIRE ?