I have long been interested in combining the repeater and automata
in one watch. I was certain that it would be possible to utilize the
power of the repeater to power the automata, but I was not sure
what type of "automaton" would be most suitable for my watch.
I took a bit of time-off and visited a small country side inn.
When I was leaving, I looked up and I saw a "origami crane"
made of glass hang from the ceiling. Origami is the traditional play
for kids, but very brain stimulating craft, which basically make
everything from one sheet of paper. So, the crane I saw was,
although made of glass, the crane made of paper by Origami
That was when the inspiration came down to me and I started
drawing the design immediately upon my return - a repeater watch on which the Origami crane flies.
Quite honestly, I had not had ample experiences looking inside
the repeater watch except for the knowledge from various books
and documents, so it was extremely challenging for me to add
automaton function onto the already complicated repeater
mechanism. My brain was somehow constrained to the
"round movement" and I could not really decide which parts put
where. Then, again, I had an opportunity to see Japanese traditional
furniture "Funa Dansu (ship chest :important documents are
enclosed and constructed with lots of secret function to make it
locked and sealed even against water and designed to float for
certain period of time)", and I decided to make the watch to appear
like that. Then the parts fit in nicely in the rectangular position.
The schematics was completed, but there were so many parts which
includes lots of levers and springs, so it took really a long time and
effort to make them all by hand. Having had to re-do many processes, there are still lots of room to improve,
but here it is, the working prototype is completed. It was the
greatest reward for me to actually feel and experience the difficulty
to make repeater watches in the past and how great those
watchmakers were. And I hope you feel the same way by seeing
my watch here, "Repeater with flying Origami crane".....
Not for sale