Introduced in 2012 by the independent watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard, HALF TIME is an unusual haute-horlogerie timepiece with a unique, intricate, patented complication; it carries the same philosophy as the UPSIDE DOWN, the award winning timepiece created in 2010 by the watchmaker himself.
The HALF TIME has a most unusual way of reading the time. Ludovic Ballouard has endowed his new creation with a patented mechanism of rotating disks which move on the same plane as the dial.
All the hour indexes are divided in two; therefore unreadable… all except the one showing the current hour. The rotation of two disks « reconstitutes » each index, allowing time to be read. The watch therefore carries no hour hands. A retrograde hand, set on a half-circle at 6 o’clock indicates the minutes in a classical manner.
The disks, placed on the same plane as the dial, cannot be distinguished by the naked eye, thus giving the illusion of a unique, plane, unmoving surface… although it is really in perpetual movement. As with the UPSIDE DOWN, the rotation of these disks is instantaneous, rendering the magical moment when the movement reconstitutes each mysterious cipher into a most readable Roman figure quite stunning.
Calibre B02: Patented “Half Time” complication developed by Ludovic Ballouard. Manual winding.
Power reserve: Approximately 30 hours.
Balance frequency: 21,600 bph/3hz.
Number of jewels: 53.
Number of components: >300 (movement only).
Diameter: 35mm/15.5 lignes.
Case, dial & strap
Case and hand-engraved crown in 950 platinum
Dimensions: 41mm x 11mm.
Lugs: Milled from solid platinum case.
Water resistance: 30 metres/ 3ATM.
Dial & Hands: Titanium dial & polished steel hands.
Strap & Buckle: Black hand-stitched alligator with patented hand engraved 950 platinum buck
About Ludovic Ballouard
Ludovic Ballouard is established in Geneva since 1998. He became an independent watchmaker in 2010 and presented is first timepiece, the UPSIDE DOWN that same year. With a strong experience working for some of the greatest names in watchmaking, Ludovic Ballouard conceives draws and produces each and every movement of his timepieces. These are manufactured at about 50 pieces a year, all numbered. Ludovic Ballouard’s timepieces are sold on all continents through retailers or directly from his workshop. A first boutique has just opened in Hong Kong, together with other independent watchmakers.