It began with the image of a capstan. A mechanical devise comprised of a large drum on a vertical axis, hand-operated by a lever, the winch, causing a rope or chain to wrap around the drum.
From this action is derived the force to move other mechanisms. From this simple idea was born the Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical.
Capstans are used for winding the movement and setting the time. A miniature chain and fusee transmit the energy. A vertical tourbillon regulates the movement. Drums display the time. And a small winch handle concealed in the deployant buckle activates the mechanisms. All perfectly and stunningly visible under twin sapphire crystals that provide spectacular 180° views of the movement.
The result: a rare work of fine mechanical art, an exceptional timepiece demonstrating unparalleled elegance and harmony and housing one of the most precise mechanical movements in the world.
Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical is a limited series of 135 timepieces.
Caliber CAB-WTV-V2, manually wound with Swiss lever escapement, entirely conceived, developed and built by the Cabestan manufacture
Total of 910 components fully assembled and regulated by hand
Vertical tourbillon regulated in 6 positions with constant force delivered by the fusée-and-chain
Frequency: 21 600 alt/h or 3 Hz
Vertical system of wheels
Stainless steel chain 160 mm long composed of 235 links and 156 rivets, all assembled manually
Time-setting and winding with a miniature dynamometric winch
Hours, minutes, seconds and 72-hour power reserve displayed on three engraved rotary drums, colored markings in Super Luminova
Cases in brushed natural titanium, black titanium, 3N yellow gold, 5N pink gold and palladium white gold
Two sapphire metallized crystals hand-fitted to each case
Two functional capstans: winding and time setting
Size: 46 mm (l) x 36 mm (L) [41 mm including crown] x 16.5 mm (h)
Dynamometric stylus for winding and time setting stored in the box
Winch handle for winding and time setting stored in the deployant buckle