Watchmaker Martin Braun, who recently started the brand Antoine Martin, has come up with a new concept that is contrary to what everyone in the industry is doing. Instead of building a watch with one of the most common frequencies: 2.5Hz (18,800 vph), 3Hz (21,600 vph), 4Hz (28,800 vph), or with a high frequency such as Zenith’s 5Hz (36,000 vph) or Breguet’s 10Hz (72, 000 vph)– he made a watch that oscillates at the slowest frequency possible – 1Hz (7,200 vph). It literally runs slower than any other wristwatch in the world.

By drastically reducing the frequency to 7,200 semi-oscillations (vibrations) per hour or 1 Hz, it would seem that the watch loses accuracy, however, Antoine Martin has figured out a way to offset the lower frequency by incorporating a giant 24 mm diameter balance which generates so much kinetic energy that it cannot be disturbed.

Furthermore, as a result of the slower rate of oscillation, the second-hand jumps more distinctively than a higher frequency watch. So, you can see the second-hand advance in two jump increments every second.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.