A resonator with its own will and personality:
The first striking difference between above resonance-enabled watches is the relative positioning of the oscillators: while Breguet, Journe as well as Armin Strom or Don Corson placed their balances adjacent to each other, Vianney Halter put them, like Beat Haldimann did with his resonance clocks, on the same axis:
Vianney experimented with suitable, rigid materials for the connecting bridge in order to minimise wave dissipation between the oscillators.
The arrangement has been carefully tuned and optimised, and shows a fascinating behaviour: as I noted already above, the frequency is ‘nominally’ 21‘600 vph – and there is a reason for that:
The two oscillators mutually influence each other until their ‘agree’ on a common frequency, but this frequency is not always the same value, and also the relative direction is different after each fresh start of the watch.
(Vianney’s resonance demonstrator platform using two identical going trains of Russian deck watches)
So, there is a mutual influence and shaping of relative positioning and directions, a phenomenon intended by Vianney after he digested the sensational 2016 discovery of gravitational waves which proved Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, and the space time continuum:
(Two collapsing black holes and the resulting gravitational waves. Image © Max Planck Institute of Gravitational Physics)
The consequence of this is that the interaction of mass in the universe shapes the universe itself.
To understand why this is so important for the watch, let’s go back to Vianney Halter’s first Deep Space watch, the Deep Space Tourbillon of 2013:
Already with this watch, Halter intended to represent the four coupled dimensions of the universe: length, width and depth – and time.
Now, with the first prototype of the Deep Space Tourbillon Resonance running, he also managed to depict the effect of gravitational waves in shaping their very own universe: through resonance, there is a mutual influence between the dominating forces – and this is different every instance the ‘universe’ is activated (i.e. the watch wound): in terms of relative direction, in terms of resulting frequency. Each time the watch stops and is wound again, the balances ‘negotiate’ de novo…