Instead, it is too beautiful.
This 29-jewel automatic operates at a frequency of 21,600 vph. It has an 18K gold case with a sapphire crystal and platinum numbers. Virtually the entire watch is visible through the crystal. But it’s what the watch does that’s pick-me-up-off-the-floor amazing. To witness the full amazingness of this watch, you need to watch a video of it:
The bird sings! There's a small piston tube inside the watch that moves in and out of a shaft to make the birdsong.
The Charming Bird is the nexus of art and automation, of design and engineering, of beauty and fun.
Aren’t watchmakers brilliant?
The Charming Bird costs $500,000 dollars.
|The Charming Bird. If you haven't seen the video, be sure|
to take a look. Photo from Jaquet Droz.