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Could a watch company hold a world record and yet not claim it?...

February 23 2012 at 8:32 PM
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Chascomm  (Login Chascomm_)
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Doesn't seem likely, does it?  We are familiar with watch companies trumpeting every tiny point of uniqueness in order to sell their products (e.g. "world's first grand sonnerie with Westminster carillon"  No, I didn't make that up)

But it may be that I have stumbled upon a watch company failing to sing, dance and wave banners about achieving a world record.

I put the question of the 'world's smallest tourbillon movement' to the Watchuseek Public Forum:

15 hours later, no response.

Here's the issue: 

Franck Muller claim the 'world's smallest tourbillon' in the sense of  'world's smallest tourbillon escapement', however the movement that contains this mechanical marvel is actually too big to fit in the case used by Sea-Gull to house their ST84 tourbillon. 

In other words, Sea-Gull have built a more compact movement to contain a tourbillon escapement larger than the one in the Muller watch.  And they've put it into production. 

Surely that is an engineering achievement worth celebrating, especially given that both the Sea-Gull and FM movements were intended for women's dress watches, and FM watch being somewhat on the large size (I have a vintage man's watch that is a similar size).  Overall size really does matter in this instance.  Therefore the 'world's smallest tourbillon movement' or 'world's smallest tourbillon watch' is a world record of genuine merit.

But surely I am mistaken.  Surely, surely Sea-Gull, while claiming 'Asia's smallest tourbillon watch' could not have somehow failed to claim the world title they deserve?  I must be missing something.

Any thoughts?

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