Different from the general pointer which rotates in a 360-degree circle, the retrograde pointer walks along an arc in a fan-shaped area, goes to the bottom, and quickly bounces back to the starting point in the reverse direction, and so on. “Retrograde” is called Retrograde in English, and it is different from Fly Back. Retrograde is generally used for travel time, while flyback is used for timing; whether it is seconds, minutes, hours, or even date or week, the travel time of retrograde is based on a certain rule and time; while flyback is controlled by the operator , When you want to re-record a period of time, press the button to make the pointer return to zero immediately.
Why use retrograde pointers such as useless functions? The main reason is that it is beautiful and fun. There are one or two of these pointers on the disk. When it comes to a fixed time, they suddenly “pop”, and they bounce from one end to the other, making time seem to come alive. However, the retrograde pointer does have an advantage, that is, it can save disk space and accommodate more functions.
Compared with general pointers that run in a circle, retrograde pointers require a more complex structure. There are many specialties about retrograde. One is the time period of retrograde. The shortest period can be 60 seconds, 30 seconds, or even 20 seconds, and the longest period can be 12 hours, 24 hours, or one week or one month. From the perspective of appreciation, of course, the shorter the period, the better. You can see the pointer retrograde at any time.
In addition, the number of retrograde pointers, single retrograde, double retrograde, and more can come to quadruple retrograde. At a certain time, the 4 pointers will all fly and fly, which is wonderful. Finally, there is the range of retrograde, 90 degrees, 180 degrees, and some have achieved 240 degrees. The greater the range, the greater the difficulty, but the visual impact is relatively improved.
Appreciate several watches with retrograde function, many of which are new products released recently.
Second hand retrograde
The most basic time unit of the retrograde pointer is 60 seconds. It goes from one end to the other for exactly one minute, bounces back to the original position, and continues the next minute. Breguet (Breguet) Tradition handed down series 7097 and 7038 automatic retrograde seconds watch constitute a pair of men and women Swiss made replica watches. The biggest feature of the handed down series is the display of the movement components such as the splint, gears, escapement, barrel, etc., which were originally hidden under the main plate of the dial, and the movement adopts a unique central barrel and a balance wheel with the same diameter. It is symmetrically distributed with the center wheel. The retrograde pointer is located at 10 o’clock on the dial.
This time the brand has brought a beautiful color scheme to the watch, which is quite eye-catching. The male model has a diameter of 40 mm; the female model has a diameter of 37 mm and is set with diamonds on the bezel, crown and buckle. Equipped with the same self-winding movement, a power reserve of 50 hours, equipped with a silicon pallet fork and hairspring.
Shortening the period of the retrograde second hand to 30 seconds means that every minute, the wearer can enjoy two retrogrades, which doubles the enjoyment of viewing.
Harry Winston (replica Harry Winston) launched the Project Z series in 2004, this year ushered in the 14th watch. The Z of Project Z refers to the case made of zirconium alloy (Zalium), which is lighter than stainless steel and has high corrosion resistance. It is the brand’s exclusive patented watchmaking material.
This series uses architectural structural elements to create a highly three-dimensional disc surface. This is also a testing ground for the brand’s new functions. Often the new movement will appear in the brand’s other series of watches after being used here. This Project Z14 watch has a 30-second retrograde red hand at 6 o’clock. Diameter 42.2 mm, self-winding, power reserve 65 hours, equipped with silicon hairspring, waterproof to 100 meters.
The retrograde time period is extended again. The hourly retrograde is in units of 12 hours, but it takes 12 hours to see the hour hand retrograde once. It is too long, so the brands carefully match it for viewers who can’t wait. Minute retrograde, in addition to once every hour and minute hand retrograde, at noon or midnight, you can also see the hour and minute hand double retrograde, it is “falling clouds and lonely birds flying together, the autumn water is the same color.”
Harry Winston’s Project Z12 watch is separated by a blue bridge in the middle. The upper part is retrograde clockwise, clockwise from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock, and the lower half is retrograde minutes, counterclockwise from At 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock, the two pointers move in the 140-degree area. When they each complete the operation cycle, they will jump back to the starting point. The retrograde scene is staged 26 times a day. There is also a date dial on the outermost periphery of the dial.
The double retrograde of the hour and minute hands can often play many tricks. For example, the Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux “Lover’s Bridge” watch from Van Cleef & Arpels is made of enamel, on which an arch bridge and two figures of a man and a woman are carved out of metal. They separated the two ends of the bridge, and gradually moved closer to the center of the bridge over time. The lady on the left moves to the center of the bridge every 12 hours and uses the tip of the umbrella to indicate the hour scale; the man on the right moves to the center of the bridge every 60 minutes and uses a hand-held rose to indicate the minute scale, and retrogrades back to the 0 position when it reaches 60 minutes. Just hovering over and over again. Until 12:00 or 24:00, they finally met and embraced at the bridge. After that, they both retrograde back to both ends of the board and continue to look forward to the next reunion.
The hour hand and the minute hand double retrograde, under the absolutely romantic and poetic Van Cleef & Arpels, it also brings the versions of ballerinas and fairy tales, the Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch and the Lady Arpels Féerie watch, which interpret the graceful and charming temperament of women It’s so vivid. https://www.chronosale.co/
Day hand retrograde
A watch with a retrograde week indicator alone is relatively rare. After all, you have to wait 7 days, and you have to see a retrograde scene at 12 o’clock at midnight, making appreciation of retrograde a pain.
Blancpain is also a brand that is very keen on retrograde function, whether it is men’s or women’s watches, can see the use of retrograde function. This classic series Grande Date Jour Rétrograde watch looks very elegant, in addition to the retrograde week display at 8 o’clock, it also adds a large date window. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 40.5 mm, automatic winding, and a power reserve of 72 hours.
In order to shorten the cycle of retrograde occurrence, Harry Winston’s Ocean series double retrograde function watch combines the week retrograde with the 30-second retrograde, which are displayed on the dial at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock respectively. Two new white gold watches were launched this year, combining diamonds, mother-of-pearl and black lacquer details to create bold and simple black and white tones, making this luxury sports watch full of movement. The case is 36 mm in diameter, self-winding, and a power reserve of 65 hours.
Date hand retrograde
The week’s retrograde jumps for 7 days, and the date’s retrograde jumps for 31 days. If you encounter 28, 29, and 30 days in a non-large month, you need to manually adjust the date. Breguet (Breguet) just released the Tradition series 7597 date retrograde watch at the end of August. The long blue steel pointer on the central barrel of the dial is the date retrograde pointer, located at the 10 o’clock position of the case. The screw-in crown can quickly adjust the date. In order to prevent the movement of the date hand from being blocked by the movement parts, look carefully, the date hand adopts a multi-level design to ensure that it can cross over the movement parts when retrograde.
The diameter of the case is 40 mm. It is available in white gold and rose gold. It is automatically wound and has a power reserve of 50 hours. Equipped with silicon pallet fork and hairspring.
Special retrograde pointer
The Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton watch is called Revolution 3 because of the three-axis tourbillon at 6 o’clock. As early as 2004, Franck Muller developed the Revolution 3 movement, which was the first in the industry. But this is the first time it is mounted in the Vanguard series case, and it is displayed in a hollowed-out posture.
Unlike the traditional tourbillon which can only compensate the gravity when the watch is in the vertical direction, the three-axis tourbillon corrects the gravity in all directions. The three frames of the tourbillon rotate in cycles of 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 60 seconds. There is a retrograde pointer on the upper left and upper right of the three-axis tourbillon, which retrogrades according to the cycle of 60 seconds and 8 minutes respectively, which enhances the visual effect of the micro-mechanical structure of the three-axis tourbillon.
Dimensions 46 x 55.9 mm, made of titanium, treated with PVD black coating. The hollow movement is also blackened, with a bright red and white color scheme and a red suede strap, which is full of domineering. There is a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock on the panel, and the power reserve is up to 10 days.
Ultimate Retrograde Pointer
Discussions about retrograde pointers are often attributed to the Longines Masters series full calendar watches. There are 6 pointers on the dial, and 4 of them can retrograde. It is really a swarm of warblers flying randomly and a swarm of demons dancing. Including week retrograde at 12 o’clock, date retrograde at 3 o’clock, 60-second retrograde at 6 o’clock, and 24-hour retrograde in the second time zone at 9 o’clock.
Longines also added two windows for this watch, the moon phase and day and night display, and became the following master series full calendar moon phase Luxury Replica Watches Store, which looks more complicated.
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