Unveiled this year at Basel world by Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture, the Cinema Watch contains an amazing animation complication, the first ever in a mechanical watch. This exceptional timepiece from the Russian watch manufacture contains two movements: the timekeeping movement proper and an animation movement based on the principles of a zoopraxiscope. The animation function is launched manually and shows a small movie of a galloping horse and rider in a small window at 6:00.
The first Cinema Watch commemorates Eadweard Muybridge, legendary photographer and inventor, considered to be one of the fathers of modern cinematography. Muybridge created the first ever series of consecutive photographs of a running horse, capturing each movement precisely. In 1879 Muybridge invented a device he named a zoopraxiscope to show these photographs in a rapid sequence which created the illusion of a moving racehorse. The zoopraxiscope was the prototype of what the brothers Lumière would name a cinématographe camera a mere 20 years later.
The Cinema Watch is designed to resemble an antique photo- or cinema camera. The square steel case is finished using three techniques: polishing, grinding and hot pressing. The dial is designed to resemble an antique camera lens with the hour and minute chapter rings resembling aperture or f stop rings on a camera lens. The face itself is finished in black lacquer decorated with ‘clous-de-Paris’ guilloché. The aperture housing the mini-movie of the galloping horse and rider is located at 6:00. The winding and the animation launch crowns are located opposite each other at 3:00 and 9:00 respectively. A transparent sapphire case-back reveals the unusual inner works of the Cinema Watch. Finally, a black, custom-made alligator skin wristband completes this elegant and unusual watch.
The animation movement in the Cinema Watch contains a Maltese cross stop-work which turns a disc engraved with 12 images of a galloping horse and rider in different poses. Konstantin Chaykin borrowed the concept of an obturator from cinematography: he included an obturator, a tiny shutter, to screen the animation aperture at the start of the animation cycle in order to prevent a blurry effect. During the animation cycle, the frames move at the rate of 1 per 0.07 second, as does the obturator at the beginning.
The Cinema Watch contains a bridge and movements finished in a classic style appropriate for luxury class watches: with bridges decorated with pearling and ‘clous-de-Paris’, ruby bearings set in elegant gold chatons and gold-plated gear trains. What is unusual is the presence of two winding drums: one for the watch movement, one for the animation. Both are wound using the same crown, which is turned clock wise to wind the watch, and anti-clockwise to wind the animation.
Calibre: KCM 01-0
Dimensions (mm): 32*42,5*7,5
Materials: steel, brass, enamel
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Animation Power Reserve: 20 seconds
Animation Speed: 1 cycle per second (12 images)
Vibration: 21 600 v.p.h
Case, dial & strap
Case Dimensions (mm): 37x47x12,2
Materials: stainless steel
Dial: Stainless steel, black lacquer, guilloché,
Strap: alligator skin