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Initial rough, but clear pics of a production Calibre 160, my personal watch.

November 10 2006 at 2:06 AM

bernardcheong  (Login bernardcheong)
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Here, in these pics, it is not immediately obvoius that the case is tri planar. It curves over the wrist on the back, but curves from 12 to 6 on the front!!!

This creates a VERY Dadaist impression on the immediate visual.

It is also VERY massive and heavy. The mass is immediately pleaant and very charismatic. The thickness is accentuated by the step ridge on the case back, and by the huge thick bezel of black polished solid wite gold...very hifg polish which was beyond that of my Opus 5. I am wondering if certain new coatings were used, especially that of Palladium...it is VERY bright and white.

The multi layered dial is an absolute surprise to me. MUCH better than I expected, and the hands are a delight, again a surprise..as it does not look that fantastic on a photo.

OK...I love the watch!

The level of finish is MANY times higher than a run of the mill UN, and I would say at the level above the freak, and close to the Genghis.

Look at the incredible sight of the escapement...this is a historic watch, with a true blue production of a new escapement in over more than a century.

The numbers 000 also help!!!

To all who are "considering", I can say...BUY IT.





 
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Ronald Held
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Bernard, why prefer this watch over a Freak I or Freak II? (nt)

November 10 2006, 2:52 AM 

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bernardcheong
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Hi Ronald..this watch is the first ever direct/indirect drive watch with hands.

November 11 2006, 4:22 PM 

The Freak is more desirable if money is no object, as it costs alot of money!

I guess the 160 will become the base for many complications.


 
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Congrats Bernard, the 160 looks great but I bet it feels even better on the wrist :-)...

November 10 2006, 4:59 AM 

Are those luminous indicators placed on the inside of the bezel?Congrats again on your new piece.

Cheers, Mike


    
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bernardcheong
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The luminous dots are placed at 90 degrees to the dial.

November 11 2006, 4:24 PM 

Inside the bezel.

The watch is remarkably hefty, in the way that it resembles a solid gold Panerai. Much, much more comfortable than a solid gold Pam.


 
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Russell996
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Stunning looking watch....

November 10 2006, 5:02 AM 

Another milestone from UN - I love it. Is the 000 number normally available or a special to recognise your work with UN?

 
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bernardcheong
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I did not expect a particular number.

November 11 2006, 4:26 PM 

Call me nuts, but I really never choose a number most times, and it was great that UN allowed THIS number to be mine. I am thankful for it.


 
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Marcus Hanke
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No Palladium coating of the white gold, AFAIK ...

November 10 2006, 5:42 AM 

so there should be no problems removing scratches by polishing at a later time.

Magnificent pictures, I love that watch! I am also curious about your 000 number.

Regards,
Marcus

 
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bernardcheong
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Well, it is really the first piece to come out.

November 11 2006, 4:28 PM 

I may have recieved mine later than others, as I am in Singapore.

I am very happy to just have one..the number is a bonus...never for a moment expected it.


 
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MichaelC
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I knew it >>>

November 10 2006, 6:35 AM 

Waaaay back when you and Marcus were teasing us with the first reports and picturs of this watch (the first as I recall being a picture of the UN boat across the lake, where the watch was visible on the sail), it called to me. I have not yet found that one "holy grail" piece that others speak of, but based upon your pics of the production piece my search is now over.

The case and dial are exquisite. I was able to discern in Marcus' early pictures that the case was not only oval from side to side but also curved from front to back. The way the bezel tapers towards the 6 and 12 is perfect; it appears thickest on the sides where it is widest in diameter. The proportions are perfect. As an architect, I really appreciate all of the design work that had to go into this watch. Round out the case with a cool combination of brushed and polished surfaces, add some luminous dots on the bezel wall (brilliant!), create a unique dial with multiple layers and throw in the new revolutionary motor... it is perfect. I love it.

Congrats Bernard!

 
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bernardcheong
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I am amazed myself.

November 11 2006, 4:30 PM 

I am no student of design. So I was at first, hesistant about the multiple planes of curvature...but now..I am totally convinced it was the right thing.

It is both visually and a tactile pleasure.

It is now several days that I have worn it without taking it off!!!


 
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Andrew H
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Would love to learn more about the escapement - a pet love of mine

November 10 2006, 3:58 PM 

and this one certainly looks very interesting. The other thing that UN always does so well is the winding rotor - love the finish and the 'blue' in the design. An interesting and milestone piece.

Thanks Bernard

Andrew H

 
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bernardcheong
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The escapement is as you know a derivative from the mighty Freak

November 11 2006, 4:33 PM 

More accurately the Freak 2.

In fact, in this rendition, the silicium wheels are more visible to the naked eye, as the background is white rather than blue as in the freak.

Its like the arrival of the Wankel rotary engine. Cool.


 
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Marcus Hanke
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I wish it has more luck than the Wankel engine, though ...

November 12 2006, 5:53 AM 

... as you know, NSU introduced it, but never mastered its teething problems. It was left to Mazda to get the economic success the technology deserved ...

Regards,
Marcus

 
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bernardcheong
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Truly a most appropriate comment

November 12 2006, 7:36 PM 

Today, the world associates the rotary with no less and no other than Mazda.

It will be sad if this were to go likewise with UN.


 
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Marcus Hanke
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One could state, the Ro 80 was the (four-wheeled) "Freak" of its time ...

November 13 2006, 2:44 AM 

When NSU released it nearly fourty years ago, it was such a radical departure from the then established and common design and technical principles that it was considered a "freak" - and failed to become a success:








(c) H. Buchholz, Ro 80 expert and workshop



Nobody would believe that this car was presented in 1967! It was too revolutionary, in the truest sense of the word (since the Wankel engine is rotating) for the taste of the masses, and the teething engine's problems - that eventually were overcome - compromised the company's reputation. After NSU was sold to Audi, the Ro 80 massively influenced the brand's design of the Audi 100 - twenty years later! Then the time was ready for it, and it was successful:


1988 Audi 100 - (c) O. Wischerath

Parallels with the watch world are - hopefully - not to be found!

Regards,
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bernardcheong
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Yes...most accurate and exactly my sentiments! nt

November 13 2006, 4:27 PM 

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ei8htohms
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awesome, congrats and thanks! (nt)

November 10 2006, 7:59 PM 

nt

 
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bernardcheong
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The same feeling of owning a piece of history. Priceless.

November 11 2006, 4:35 PM 

Thank goodness it is an unusual watch, and has a tinge of the weirdness that I like in watches.


 
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SJX
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Thanks Bernard and congrats on the new watch! NT

November 11 2006, 7:02 PM 

nt

- SJX

 
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