The Space Discovery Wristwatch developed by renowned Swedish watch brand Halda marks the introduction of a new generation of timepieces. The revolutionary watch concept is built on the unique Halda Docking System, a Time Platform with two interchangeable Time Modules ‐ a flexible solution that combines the best from the traditional art of watch making and revolutionary electric advancements. The Time Modules are; an advanced electronic Space Module and a Mechanical Module with an extremely high beat mechanical movement. They can be exchanged at the wearer’s will to assure the time piece serves as an appreciated and reliable companion, for anything from classy socializing to thrilling experiences.
The Halda Space Discovery has been developed according to a users’ brief from astronauts, and during the last stages of the product development process, the prototype was tested in space to ensure it really would work in the most extreme environment. It is produced in the limited edition of 128 individually numbered watches.
Classical high beat movement, advanced electronics and stylish design in a whole new watch concept tested in space. Following years of product development, the world is to be introduced to a new watch concept. It is cutting edge electronics and a high beat mechanical movement united in a unique design concept. An exclusive time piece that can only be described as functional and clever elegance. The Halda Space Discovery is designed for the adventurous modern individual, who never compromises on quality of life, and who believes that life is about challenging the known limits and one’s own capability. It is a time piece for the classy explorer. Developed by a team of merited engineers, renowned watch makers and an astronaut, pioneering the use of exclusive materials in a watch, and tested in the most extreme of environments – space, the Halda Space Discovery is simply one of a kind.
Later this spring, the Halda Space Discovery will be presented at the exhibition in the Swedish pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai for its “manifestation of advanced and pioneering technical engineering and fine mechanics.”
The Space Module
The Space Module in the Halda Space Discovery is developed based on insights from the only ones who know what it is like in space – the astronauts. It holds advanced functions like a 3‐axis accelerometer, a countdown based on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Countdown 101, as well as UTC/MET alarms and an Earth Timer. All designed to fit the need for space travel. At the final stage of the production process, the prototype was used in experiments carried out in the NASA Space Mission ST‐128 on board space shuttle Discovery during its journey to space in August of 2009. Following the results of the real life testing, the Halda Space Discovery was upgraded with things like a further fine tuned backlight function and an improved security lock for the wrist link.
The case of the Space Module is made of TECAMAX, a new material certified by NASA and proven to meet tough requirements for durability and precision. It is extraordinarily light with outstanding isolation capabilities and strength. It endures high temperatures and exposure to acid and chemicals. While in space, the crystal in the watch, domed Hesalite Crystal, a material that does not shatter into small pieces upon breaking like other crystals commonly used in watches.
To avoid shattered glass is crucial in the zero gravity environments. On earth, the crystal of the electronic time module will be a domed Sapphire Crystal, as it better resists scratches than the Hesalite Crystal. Each Halda Space Discovery owner travelling to space will have the Sapphire Crystal exchanged for Hesalite Crystal.
The Space Module is a combination of modern innovations and high‐tech materials proven to withstand extreme conditions. During research and development, the prototype underwent extensive testing in a laboratory environment. For example, its buttons were pushed over a million times to simulate 100 years of use. In August, 2009, the Space Module was tested in its natural environment, space, aboard the NASA Space mission STS‐128. Following feedback from the astronauts that used the instrument on the mission, the prototype was fine‐ tuned to perfection and finalized for production in the end of 2009. To honor its mission in space, NASA Space mission STS‐128, the Halda Space Discovery series will be limited to 128 watches with each Space Module marked with an individual number from 1 to 128.
Features: The Space Module of the Halda Space Discovery has been developed by the Halda Watch Co. It is a stylish expression of what a creative union between the latest technology, maximum functionality, incredible reliability and intelligent support can be. In addition to its many functions, it is equipped with a low power consumption microprocessor and a tailor made LCD display with LED backlight.
Case material: TECAMAX, a new material certified by NASA and proven to meet tough requirements for durability and precision. Incredibly light with outstanding isolation capabilities and strength, TECAMAX can endure extreme temperatures and exposure to acid and chemicals.
Case dimension: Diameter 45 mm, Thickness 17,60 mm.
Case back: Stainless Steel with a deep etched engraving on case back.
Crystal (for space use): The Space Module has a domed Hesalite Crystal, a material that does not shatter into small pieces when broken unlike other crystals commonly used in watches. This crystal is used in the watch to avoid potential danger for the space travelers.
Crystal (for use on earth): While on earth, the Space Module will be equipped with a domed Sapphire Crystal, which is more suitable than Hesalite Crystal, as it is scratch resistant. For space travellers, the Halda Watch Co. will change the crystal to a domed Hesalite Crystal.
Water Resistance: 10 atm (equivalent to a water pressure at a depth of 100 meter). Technology
Electronic Movement Calibre: HHS 2009‐1
Software: GSD‐A, SPACE DISCOVERY Version A.
Push Buttons: 3 push buttons with an easy to use interface.
Battery: High capacity 2‐year battery (600 mAh).
Power Save Mode: The Space Module has a built in power save mode to reduce battery consumption. With normal use in Power Save Mode the battery is expected to last about two years.
Accelerometer: The Module has an integrated 3‐axis accelerometer measuring G‐forces in three directions.
Light Sensor: The Space Module has an integrated light sensor that constantly measures light and automatically assess the backlight function.
Sound: An integrated piezo element generates sound for reveille and alarm modes.
-Countdown: A precise countdown function displays time remaining to set occurrence on certain day and time.
-G‐Force measurement: Automatic tracking of acceleration, G‐forces, during lift‐off and re‐entry. Manual operation is also available. Max G‐force notations are stored in a separate memory for further evaluation.
-Mission Time: Countdown for lift off can be set for a precise time. At the set time, the watch automatically begins measuring acceleration during lift off, displaying current G‐forces as they occur. Once acceleration stops, the function automatically displays Mission Elapsed Time (MET). This function is based on the NASA Countdown 101 protocol, the official framework for space shuttle lift‐off. It is also prepared to accommodate the countdown protocol for the new generation of Are rockets.
-Event Log: HLog for events based on date, Universal Time Coordinates (UTC) and individual event number for up to 99 events.
-Earth Time: Displays the time is in various parts of the world. Here you’ll find all the countries of the world, see their local time and their time zone. While in space, this function is used to obtain efficient communication with earth.
-Dual Time: Displays two earth times simultaneously. A calendar displays information for weekday, date, week, month and year for the selected time zone.
-Chronograph: Timer with precision to a tenth of a second.
-UTC Alarm: Alarm relative to Universal Time Coordinates (UTC).
-MET Alarm: Alarm relative to Mission Elapsed Time (MET).
-Reveille: Alarm clock that can be set once or repeated daily or on each weekday.
The Mechanical Module
The Mechanical Module has a high performance New Old Stock (NOS) movement. The H1920‐SA is a modern development of the extreme fast beat movement first developed during the fine mechanics clockwork top era in the 1960s and 1970s.
For the Halda Space Discovery, renowned watch maker Svend Andersen has modified, rhodium plated, calibrated and adjusted the classical movement to modern standard. The H1920‐SA operates at the unusual and high frequency of 5 HZ or 36,000 bph (beats per hour). The movement has a power reserve of about 43 hrs.The beautiful movement of the Halda Space Discovery mechanical module is decorated with Geneva stripes and a special rotor designed by Mr Andersen and engraved with the Andersen and Halda Watch Co. logotypes. Each of the mechanical Time Modules are uniquely marked with a individual number from 1 to 128.
Case material: Brushed Stainless Steel with a polished bezel.
Case dimension: Diameter 45 mm, Thickness 15,8 mm.
Crystal: Domed Sapphire Crystal, anti‐reflex treated.
Case back: Stainless steel with a see‐through Sapphire glass.
Dial: Machined and manufactured with two discs and raised index , Luminous indicator.
Water Resistance: 5 atm (equivalent to a water pressure at a depth of 50 meter).
Calibre: H1920‐SA Mechanical Movement with Automatic winding system
Hour and minute counter with a centre sweep second hand
Date positioned at 3 o ́clock
Decoration: Geneva Stripes and rhodium‐plated finish.
Rotor: Special manufactured rotor in Rhodium‐plated silver.
Power Reserve: 43 hours.
The Time Platform
The Mechanical and the Space Modules fits comfortably on the wrist docked in to the Time Platform. The patent pending platform is made out of Stainless steel that makes the construction solid for many years of use. Following the experiences from space, the Time Platform has been upgraded from a double security lock system to a triple security one. The triple security Docking‐system is based on a spring‐loaded security lock that ensures consequence in its’ three step system. It uses the terminology for the security system of the astronauts’ helmets – while in placed the selected Time Module is in “locked” position while free to lift off, the docking platform is set in “engaged” mode.
The Halda Space Discovery rests on the rich heritage of the Halda Watch Co. founded in 1887 by Henning Hammarlund in Svängsta in the south of Sweden. Hammarlund’s watches quickly became known around the world for their high quality fine mechanics and elegance. The mastering of fine mechanics that lay the foundation for the watch making in the Halda Watch Co. was later developed to be used in taximeters and typewriters. The Halda Space Discovery is sold through the Halda Watch Co. and selected dealers. It has been honored with a placement in the Swedish pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai in the upcoming spring and summer for it’s’ manifestation of advanced and pioneering technical engineering and fine mechanics.