Pierre DeRoche has created the first movement able to house six retrograde seconds mechanisms. While this complication has been introduced to provide an element of fun, it also reveals a totally original approach: all the retrograde hands in this model are driven by gears rather than cams and, thanks to a strip-spring that has replaced the classical balance-spring system, return to their initial positions after “passing on the baton” to the next retrograde hand. This innovation facilitates adjustment and improves shock resistance.
In mechanics, the moment of force is predetermined. For the initiated, it is a logical and tangible sequence, for amateurs pure mechanical magic. But ‘couple’ can also refer to a shared life. The same parameters, the same actions, but the alchemy is all the more beautiful for being so rare.