Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca was considered a great tactician and is regarded one of the greatest generals of ancient times. During the Second Punic War, he achieved a victory after crossing the Pyrenees and Alpes with his army, including a secret weapon: elephants.
And so, the dial depicts this monumental journey in the Hannibal Minute Repeater. This highly complicated novelty will launch at Baselworld 2015 next month.
The “Hannibal” Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts watch comes in a 44 mm diameter platinum case with a dial that features genuine black granite sourced from the Alps. On top of the granite are figures called Jaquemarts, as well as the mountainous backdrop and surrounding terrain, all hand-carved from 18K white gold.
At the bottom of the dial is an openwork tourbillon with satin-brushed bridge and blued screws. The flange features printed hour and minute markers. Arrow tipped hour and minute hands are polished, in white gold.
The minute repeater has four gongs, once activated they chime hours, minutes and quarters. The Jaquemart figures (elephants used for battle during the Punic wars by Hannibal) are animated and move in sync with a song from the gongs.
All four gongs sound in three different sequences for the quarters:
1st quarter (Mi-Do-Re-Sol), 2nd quarter (Mi-Do-Re-Sol/Sol-Re-Mi-Do) and 3rd quarter (Mi-Do-Re-Sol/Sol-Re-Mi-Do/Mi-Do-Re-Sol).
The 36 jewel movement is manually wound (caliber UN-78) and has a 70-hour power reserve. Functions include Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater (striking of hours, quarters and minutes Four different chimes (Mi-Do-Re-Sol), central hours and minutes, and one-minute tourbillon. Each part of the movement is decorated, chamfered and hand-finished.
Comes with a black leather strap and is limited to 30 pieces.