Housing a movement within such a small space of the watch case requires much technical study. Although it helps to use modern technology and computer design tools to simulate the possible results, a lot of fine-tuning needs to be done on the physical pieces.
For example, on the F. Piquet movement, we give 80% of the weight of the hands to the second hand as a counterweight. Just 1/10 of a gram’s difference would shift the weight and tip the balance, and the watch would not work properly. When you are producing limited editions like us, and not mass producing thousands or millions of pieces, you don’t get a standard cookie-cutting finish for all pieces of a small part. Which means, no computer can simulate the end result and we test every step by assembling physical pieces.
This is a long process to the final prototype. More often than not, I review the design constantly till the last minute to push for the best possible outcome to show you at BaselWorld.
So, we are definitely not seeing the finished designs for our novelties until BaselWorld, which is 3 weeks away, starting 18th March. But I should have more to show you here in two weeks time.