Nord Zeitmaschine Crossnroll

Swiss watch brand NORD Zeitmaschine presents its newest model CROSSNROLL.

The name CROSSNROLL is composed in part from the word CROSS, which describes that the hand runs on a cross-shaped minute-track. The tip of the minute hand is mounted on a slide, which rolls back and forth on the hand platform, hence the word ROLL in the name of the watch.

28 rubies and 18 precision ball bearings are integrated in the NORD Zeitmaschine CROSSNROLL movement, of which 14 ball bearings are mounted in the hand assembly alone. Others are found on the winding rotor and the hour indicator.

Nord Zeitmaschine Crossnroll

This watch incorporates a Patented Hour indicator. The hour indicator disc is mounted on a swivel arm, which in turn is connected with the central mounting cross by ball bearings. The entire hour indicator mechanism is mounted over the hand assembly.

The swivel arm on which the hour indicator disc is mounted has no mechanical drive and only starts moving due to gravitation, effected through a change in the position of the wrist on which the watch is fastened. The hour disc itself is driven via mechanically driven cogs, independent of the swivel arm.

Nord Zeitmaschine Crossnroll watch

This hour indicator, for which a patent is pending (N°  EP18405009.4  and  CH252/18), facilitates the hour indicator disc being in any geographically undefined position over the dial, as a result of the movement of the wrist on which the watch is fastened, and the resultant gravitation.

Irrespective of the position of the swivel arm with hour indicator, the red arrow on the hour indicator always points to the correct hour of the day, aligned with the longitudinal axis of the watch case.

Nord Zeitmaschine Crossnroll watch

Hour display

Hour indices are applied to the underside of the glass, to facilitate reading off the hour of the day in conjunction with hour indices if necessary. By holding the wrist vertically, the swivel arm moves with the hour disc, driven by gravitation, into the desired position of the hour indices.

As soon as the swivel arm comes to a standstill after moving back and forth a few times, it is possible to read off the hours in conjunction with the hour indices.

Furthermore, this special hour indicator mechanism allows the swivel arm and the hour indicator mounted on it to begin strongly rotating. The swivel arm with the mounted hour indicator can rotate through multiple rotations of its central pivot point here, whereby the hours are displayed correctly at all times.

Minutes Display

The complicated hand assembly is constructed such that the centre of gravity is always located precisely over the central pivot point, regardless of the position of the group. To achieve this, alongside numerous other parts, 2 counterweights are mounted on the lower end of the hand assembly, which always move in the opposite direction to the extending and retracting (ROLL-ing) pointer tip. These 2 opposing counterweights are connected with the pointer tip by a connecting rod system.

In addition to the centre of gravity of the complete hand assembly always lying over the central pivot point, the mechanism is designed and constructed such that the gravitational forces that act on the pointer slide with pointer tip and counterweights always counteract each other.

In a level position, no gravitational forces act on the pointer slide with pointer tip and the two counterweights. However, gravitational forces act on the pointer slide with pointer tip and counterweights in all other possible watch positions. At all times and in every possible position of the hand assembly, the acting forces mutually counteract each other.

In order to achieve all these characteristics, it was necessary to find a solution that took multiple factors into consideration:-

1. Was it necessary to work with a number of different materials such as steel, brass, aluminium, titanium, platinum etc.  and their varying densities.
2. Must all pivot points and lever lengths be calculated precisely.
3. Additionally, must the volumes of the individual components be precisely tailored to each other.

Nord Zeitmaschine Crossnroll watch movement

The use of 18 ball bearings in total facilitates a mechanism with maximum precision and minimal friction. Many individual parts of the hand assembly consist of very light materials such as aluminium and titanium. However, in order to achieve the centre of gravity always lying directly above the central pivot point, it was also necessary to use one of the heaviest metals.

As such, a balancing weight produced from solid platinum (density 20.7) is mounted on the platform in the front area beneath the pointer tip. This solid platinum weight balances out the somewhat larger and heavier structure at the lower end of the hand assembly.

Technical details

Model: Nord Zeitmaschine Crossnroll

Movement
NORD N5
28 ruby jewels and 18 integrated precision micro ball bearings
Minutes: by a complicated hand assembly where 14 ball bearings are mounted in and which runs on a cross-shaped minute-track
Hours: via a swivel arm on which the hour indicator disc is mounted. The swivel arm has no mechanical drive and only starts moving due to gravitation, effected through a change in the position of the wrist on which the watch is fastened. The hour disc itself is driven via mechanically driven cogs, independent of the swivel arm.
Automatic winding , driven by a symmetrical 360° rotor
28800 vibrations per hour / power reserve to 42 h

Case
Stainless steel / bezel and sapphire crystal back, secured with 8 screws
Crown with double o-ring seals
Diameter: 44,7 mm / height: 15,8 mm (17,2  over the domed glass)
Weight: 110 grams
Top glass: Sapphire crystal double- curved / both sides anti reflected
Case back: Sapphire crystal flat

Price
18`700 CHF (excl. Tax)

NORD ZEITMASCHINE

NORD ZEITMASCHINE (NORTH TIMEMACHINE) is an independent Swiss watch brand founded by watch maker Daniel Nebel. NORD stands both for the initials of its founder’s name, Nebel, Daniel. The various elements and design principles of NORD ZEITMASCHINE watches are taken from machine manufacturing.

Born in 1971, at the northern end of the arc of the Jura in northern Switzerland, Daniel Nebel, started his professional career with a machine technician’s apprenticeship from 1988 to 1992. After completing the apprenticeship he worked for several years in prototype machine manufacture and tool making.

In 1995, he started studying and manufacturing wristwatches in parallel and created his first watch in 1997. In the subsequent years, Daniel Nebel constantly expanded his knowledge of the manufacture of mechanical watches and also constantly expanded his workshop.

Today, a NORD ZEITMASCHINE watch has been created in-house thanks to constant progress in the areas of development, design and manufacture. The independence that the brand has achieved is a major advantage to a watch manufacturer like NORD ZEITMASCHINE, who only manufactures a few watches per year.

The production of components is, besides development and design, the most labour intensive part of Daniel Nebel’s work on everything to do with watches. At the start Daniel Nebel manufactured parts such as cases, dials, crowns, pushers, screws and discs himself.

Over the years he added movement plates, hands, shafts, wheels, bridges, eccentrics and other parts. Polishing, engraving, ornamentation, stamping and gold plating of the individual parts is another important part of his work before the final assembling of a watch. Today the depth of Daniel Nebel’s manufacturing skills makes it possible for him to produce complex watches independently.

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Address
NORD ZEITMASCHINE
Daniel Nebel,
Grienstrasse 70,4227 Büsserach,
Switzerland
Official website: www.nord-zeitmaschine.ch

Update 14 Oct 2020: Daniel Nebel, the founder of NORD ZEITMASCHINE, passed away on 20 September 2020.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE FREESDIAL

NORD ZEITMASCHINE, the independent Swiss watch brand founded by watch maker Daniel Nebel, announces its new timepiece, the FREESDIAL.

As the name suggests, the FREESDIAL wrist watch features dials that are not fixed in place (FREE DIALS) and on the other hand that the hands and dials of this watch move in “FREESTYLE”. The special minute hand, which also changes in length, moves over the moving dials (FREE DIALS). On the back of the watch, 3 additional, freely rotating indicator discs (FREE DIALS) are integrated in the winding rotor.

These 3 indicator discs are each installed centrally with a ball bearing and rotate freely around their respective axis of rotation. The hand and dials of the minute indication move in a specific “FREESTYLE” manner and fundamentally differ from other watches, which usually feature a fixed watch face and hands that continuously rotate from the centre of the watch. The NORD N4 movement contains 30 ruby jewels and 14 precision ball bearings.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE FREESDIAL

The indication of the minutes is performed via the hand controlled by the eccentric cams, as well as by the 2 movable dials. (FREE DIALS) The entire hand assembly group is comprised of a total of 27 individual components. The hand is powered by 2 counter-rotating gear wheels with fitted eccentric cams.

The hand changes its length over the course of the 60 minutes by means of the additional eccentric lever. The additional eccentric lever is connected via a connecting rod with the hand tip that shifts. As a result, the tip of the hand moves and slides up and down on the main hand, in which the tip of the hand achieves the greatest lift per minute at approx 15 minutes and 45 minutes. In turn, the main hand reaches its greatest lift and highest speed per minute in the area of 60 minutes and 30 minutes and moves slower in the area of 15 minutes and 45 minutes.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE FREESDIAL

The two movable dials (FREE DIALS) are driven per 1 gear wheel with a fitted eccentric cam and are designed in such a manner that they have their greatest lift in the area of 15 and 45 minutes. The dials move in the opposite direction to the hand, which increases the resolution of the time display and improves legibility. The mechanism of the minute indication is generally comprised of 2 groups. Group 1, the movable dials and group 2, the special hand.

Due to the use of eccentric cams, which drive the hand and dials, in the course of 60 minutes, they move at varying speeds. The interaction between the hand and dials is designed in such a manner that at the point of high lift per minute of the hand, the dials move with a small lift per minute and vice versa.

Each of the 2 dials is mounted on a separate support, which has a ball bearing mounted pivot point. The support to which the respective dial is secured has a weight on the opposite side and is designed in such a manner that the centre of gravity of the entire dial support group is located exactly above the ball bearing mounted pivot point.

The 24h ring of the GMT display can be adjusted with the left crown in both directions at any time and completely independently. A fixed disc is located in the centre of the GMT display with the indications for day and night. When the arrow (of the GMT display) moves in the upper half of the disc, it is day and when it moves in the lower half, it is night.

The date is indicated through a large window at the top left. An additional date window is located on the opposite side on the right, which however is covered by a grill and has only been placed here in order to achieve visual symmetry.

Three smaller, ball bearing mounted and freely movable indicator discs (FREE DIALS) are integrated in the 360° winding rotor mounted on the reverse, which do not have a mechanical function and only serve as a visual and playful element. The movement of the watch does not only rotate the winding rotor, but also the 3 smaller, 5-arm indicator discs.

The following 5 digits are visible per each small indicator disc: 7, 5 (shown as a 5-pointed star), 3 (shown as a 3-pointed star), 1 (shown as an arrow) and 0. Due to the movement of the watch, the 3 small freely movable indicator discs are brought into movement, enabled by an asymmetrical cut-out on the inside of the indicator discs. Three markings are visible centrally on the winding rotor, to which the 3 indicator discs point during standstill.

The highest number of combinations is 3 times a 7, therefore 777, which point to the central markings of the winding rotor.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE FREESDIAL

Technical details

Model: NORD ZEITMASCHINE FREESDIAL

Functions
Minutes, by means of a hand that changes in length, controlled via 2 counter-rotating eccentric cams and 2 movable dials.
Decentralized hours
GMT time
Day & night
Date

Movement
NORD N4, 30 ruby jewels and 14 integrated precision micro ball bearings
Sliding parts as the minute hand from the material Arcap
360° winding rotor with 3 integrated free dials
28800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve to 42 h
Base movement: ETA 2824

Case
Stainless steel / bezel and sapphire crystal back, secured with 8 screws
2 crowns each with double o-ring seals
Diameter: 44,3 mm / height 14,7 mm (15,7 over the domed glass)
Weight: 110 grams

Strap
Calf leather strap, wide 26mm

Versions
V1 mechanical parts coated: black gold / white rhodium, hand dark yellow gold limited to 97 pieces, from N° 01 to N° 97
V2 mechanical parts coated: white rhodium / black gold limited to 97 pieces, from N° 01 to N° 97

Retail Price
23`700 CHF (excl. Tax)

NORD Zeitmaschine Quickindicator Version V4

Introduced in 2013, the QUICKINDICATOR by Swiss watch maker NORD Zeitmaschine features the fastest minute hand in any mechanical wristwatch. The minute hand of the Model Quickindicator makes 3 revolutions per hour and travels in 60 minutes over a minute track of 205mm length, means the hand (top) travels with a speed of 205mm/hour.

NORD Zeitmaschine Quickindicator Version V4

Travelling on three overlapping ovoid-minute tracks, the minute hand has two axes of rotation, one of the hand itself, and the other the rotating platform the hand is mounted on. This year the switch watch brand enhances this collection with version V4 featuring black DLC case. Like the earlier versions V1, V2 & V3, the QUICKINDICATOR V4 will be produced in a limited edition of 97 pieces.

NORD Zeitmaschine Quickindicator Version V4 movement

The complete hand movement assembly group is comprised of Hand platform, hand, gear wheels, ball bearings, shaft, coupling and screws. The hand movement assembly group has a total weight of 0.74 grams, which compared to a standard minute hand(e.g. 0.02 gram) is 37 times heavier.

NORD Zeitmaschine Quickindicator Version V4 caseback

The “QUICKINDICATOR” hand assembly group is connected to the movement through a frame with a precision-ceramic ball bearing. The complete minute-track has a length of 205mm and the minute hand makes 3 revolutions in 60 minutes, because of this the hand „cross“ the minute-track 4 times in 60 minutes.

Left picture:   The hand points to the silver coloured marking on the
movement, means the hand is over the silver coloured section of the
minute-track.   (8h11) Right picture: The hand points to the copper
coloured marking on the movement, means the hand is over  the copper
coloured section of the minute-track. (8h49)

Technical details

Model: NORD Zeitmaschine Quickindicator Version V4

Movement
NORD N3, Basic ETA 2824
Minutes / hours decentralized / date
25 jewels and integrated precision-micro ball bearings
Symmetrical 360° winding rotor with integrated winding weights, which are not visible by looking through the bottom
28800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve to 42 h

Case
Stainless steel
Bezel and sapphire crystal back secured with 10 screws
Crown with double o-ring seals
Diameter: 44.3 mm
Height: 15.6mm
Weight: 115 grams (without strap)
Sapphire crystal curved-flat1.6mm to 2,7mm both sides anti reflected, laser engraved numbers (inner side of the glass)
Bottom: sapphire crystal flat 1.8mm
Water-resistant: 10 ATM (100 meters)

Strap
Calf leather strap wide 24mm

Versions
V1: mechanical parts coated: white rhodium / black gold, hand and arrows blue
V2: mechanical parts coated: black gold / white rhodium, hand blue
V3: mechanical parts coated: black gold / yellow gold, hand and arrows white rhodium
V4: mechanical parts coated: black gold / black DLC hand and arrows rose gold / Case black DLC

Edition
V1: limited to 97 pieces, from N° 01 to N° 97
V2: limited to 97 pieces, from N° 01 to N° 97
V3: limited to 97 pieces, from N° 01 to N° 97
V4: limited to 97 pieces, from N° 01 to N° 97

Retail price
Version V1, V2, V3: 13`500 CHF (excl. Tax)
Version V4 : 13`800 CHF (excl. Tax)

NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR

Nord-Zeitmaschine, the independent Swiss watch brand founded by Daniel Nebel, now introduces the latest model QUICKINDICATOR, an innovative timepiece equipped with World’s quickest minute hand.

NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR
NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR V1

Because of the relatively high weight, the entire construction of the hand movement assembly group must be balanced. The hand itself has its center of gravity on its rotating axis. The completely installed hand assembly group in turn has its center of gravity precisely above the center of the movement, regardless in which position the hand assembly group is positioned.

NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR
NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR V2

The complete hand movement assembly group is comprised of: Hand platform, hand, gear wheels, ball bearing, shaft, coupling and screws. The hand movement assembly group has a total weight of 0.74 grams, which compared to standard minute hands (e.g. minute hand model “CR-S Beta” 0.02 grams is 37 times heavier.

NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR
NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR V3

Length of the minute hand track of CR-S Beta model is 88mm and QUICKINDICATOR has 205mm minute hand track. Speed of QUICKINDICATOR minute hand is 205mm/h, which is faster than the minute hand of CR-S Beta model.

NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR caseback

The limited edition QUICKINDICATOR collection is available in three variations: V1, V2 and V3.

Technical details

Model: NORD-ZEITMASCHINE QUICKINDICATOR

Movement
NORD N3, Minutes / hours decentralized / date / 25 jewels and integrated precision-microballbearings symmetrical 360° winding rotor with integrated winding weights, which are not visible by looking trough the bottom. 28800 vibrations per hour / power reserve to 42 h / basic ETA 2824

Case
Stainless steel / bezel and sapphire crystal back secured with 10 screws / crown with double o-ring seals
Water resistant: 10 ATM (100 meters)

Dimensions
Diameter: 44.3 mm / height: 15.6mm / weight: 115 grams (without strap)

Glasses
Top: sapphire crystal curved-flat 1.6mm to 2,7mm both sides antireflected, laser engraved numbers (inner side of the glass)
Bottom: sapphire crystal flat 1.8mm

Strap
Calf leather strap wide 24mm

Versions
V1 – mechanical parts coated: white rhodium / black gold, hand and arrows blue – limited to 97 pieces from N° 01 bis N° 97
V2 – mechanical parts coated: black gold / white rhodium, hand blue – limited to 97 pieces from N° 01 bis N° 97
V3 – mechanical parts coated: black gold / yellow gold, hand and arrows white rhodium – limited to 97 pieces from N° 01 bis N° 97

NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE

After studying the faces of many mechanical clocks and watches, Daniel Nebel, founder of the NORD ZEITMASCHINE watch brand observed that the clocks with central hands, peripheral counters, retrograde displays, rotating systems etc., the indicating element (hand, disc, cage, etc.) always rotates around a fixed axis. Due to this fact, the radius of the indicating element always remains constant. In most cases, this constant radius completes a full rotation or, in the case of retrograde displays, only a segment of e.g. 120°.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE
NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE V1

Daniel Nebel was looking for another form of display that involved no fixed centre of rotation. At first he was looking at levers and lever systems to solve the problem, but found no solution. Either the displayed area of the time was too small or the path of the hand intersected or, in another construction, the optical appearance of the path of the hand was unfavorable.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE
NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE V2

Only after countless simulated constructions, Daniel Nebel reached the solution with the two counter-rotating eccentric cams. After determining the correct positions of the fulcrums and the lengths of the levers, the resulting path that the hands follow was perfect for him.


He chose the position of the eccentric cams so that the maximum displacement (maximum distance per minute) occurs on the hour. As a minor drawback it then turned out that in the range of ¼ before and ¼ past the full hour, the hand only travelled a small distance per minute as a result of the “dead point” of the eccentric cams. Actually, one could easily have lived with the fact that during this low-displacement period, visibility was not that great.


Daniel Nebel was not quite satisfied and looked for a solution and constructed for this area, two segment displays that “run counter” to the hands and thus improve visibility. Result: During the 60 minutes, the minute hand moves at different speeds and travels along a path with varying curves, and the spectacular timepiece VARIOCURVE was born.

NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE
NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE V3
NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE
NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE movement

NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE caseback

Technical details

Model: NORD ZEITMASCHINE VARIOCURVE

Movement
NORD N2
25 jewels and 5 integrated precision micro-ball bearings.
Sliding parts as the minute hand from the material ARCAP.
Symmetrical 360° winding rotor with integrated winding weights, which are not visible by looking through the bottom.
28800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve to 42 h
Basic ETA 2824

Functions
Minutes, VARIOCURVE ,double minute segment display, hours decentralized, date.

Case
Stainless steel
Bezel and sapphire crystal back, 7-times screwed
Crown with double o-ring seals
Screwed strap bars
Water resistant: 10 ATM (100 meters)

Dimensions:
Diameter : 43,6 mm
Height : 15,8 mm
Weight : 110 Gramm (without strap)

Glasses:
Top: sapphire crystal curved / flat 1,5 mm to 2,5 mm
Bottom : sapphire crystal flat 1,8 mm

Strap
Calf leather strap, wide 22mm

Model Variations
VARIOCURVE V1: Mechanical parts coated, white rhodium / black gold
VARIOCURVE V2: Mechanical parts coated, white rhodium / pink gold
VARIOCURVE V3: Mechanical parts coated, white rhodium / yellow gold

Edition
VARIOCURVE V1: Limited to 97 pieces, from N° 1 to N° 97
VARIOCURVE V2: Limited to 97 pieces, from N° 1 to N° 97
VARIOCURVE V3: Limited to 97 pieces, from N° 1 to N° 97