Monday, February 21, 2011

Thomas Ninchritz Vice Versa watch

The Vice Versa watch is a very interesting watch as the dial is actually fitted on the opposite side of the movement, hence the name of the watch, Vice Versa. 

The Thomas Ninchritz calibre TN 203 is based on an ETA Unitas 6498-1 manual wound movement. The watchmakers at Thomas Ninchritz Germany have modified it so that the dial is mounted backwards on the watch. What use to be the back of the watch is now the dial side and what use to be the dial side is now the back.

The dial is located at the 8 o'clock position. It is small by today’s standards. However, it is interesting locating the dial next to the large balance wheel as it allows you to view the time and at the same time enjoy the view of the oscillating balance wheel.

In the photograph below you can see the modification done on the movement to facilitate the dial being mounted backward. The modification is on what use to be the dial side of the movement.

The movement is heavily decorated as can be seen on the balance wheel cock. The engravings are done by hand. The movement also features a swan neck fine adjustment. The movement is a16 1/2 ligne movement with 18 jewels. It has a 3/4 plate (common in German movements) with Geneva circular graining and the movement is rhodanized.

Photographs: Thomas Ninchritz

The watch is large, measuring 42 mm in diameter and is 10.5 mm thin. The lug width is 22 mm. It is available in a number of versions. The watch can be had in steel, all gold or a mix of steel and gold. The watch will retail between $5,800 to 13,850 USD.

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