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Tourbillon Repair 2 / Leviev / Christophe Claret

by Spitz. Average Reading Time: about 2 minutes.

Leviev Tourbillon being removed by Dan Spitz 2

Here we have another Christophe Claret Tourbillon in for service. This particular one had to be disassembled down to the plates due to many problems that were deep down into the movement. It seems the timepiece had some winding problems reported by the customer of this $250,000 piece. This piece was one of the first issued of the limited edition run so it has certainly seen everyday wear and tear over the years. I actually like when I see a timepiece this rare come in and the owner wears it like a beater. This movement can certainly take anything you can throw at it.

I found the winding problem in a very rare place. One of the rivets that are set into the main plates had brought forth a few thousands of a millimeter of play under tension of a rocking setting piece. When the piece had a certain amount of tension applied, the clearance between the rivet head underside and the top of the setting intermediate clutch gear would bind on occasion. I used my staking set and re set the height relationship of the rivet into its proper place after stripping the movement to the plate.

Christophe Claret Tourbillon in pieces by Dan Spitz

Next up was the Tourbillon cage. The entire cage needed a strip down, cleaning and hand oiling. Of course the pallet stones were checked and adjusted under the fiber optic microscope upon re build for depth, lock and glide. This is a very tedious thing to do. The Tourbillon cage is extremely delicate and would barely register a weight at all on a digital scale, if measured. Its balance and harmony of pieces working in unison takes careful hands to place back to its once brand new condition of perfection.

Dan Spitz staking a Tourbillon 2

In addition I did an ultrasonic cleaning of the rest of the movement and hand oiling of all necessary pinions. As there are only myself and Claret in Switzerland who are able to disassemble this piece with proper execution this wonderful Tourbillon made its journey from Dubai to my bench for service along with a few other pieces.

Christophe Claret Tourbillon by Dan Spitz 2

The owner had also a note regarding rundown of the piece being shorter than the 100 hours it should be. I addressed this and found an imbalance in the skeletal pieces, both surrounding the barrel and the barrel itself. The mainspring arbor once back in place with the proper clearance brought us right back to where it should be at 97.2 hours when going through its two week testing procedure after casing up.

Dial side of a Christophe Claret Tourbillon by Dan Spitz

Once again I give you a very rare look of the internal micro mechanisms of one of the finest and most complicated wristwatch’s available to mankind. From the Spitz Watchmakers bench in the USA.

Thrash Metal !

2 comments on ‘Tourbillon Repair 2 / Leviev / Christophe Claret’

  1. ScottyC says:

    Fantastic watch. Read a great story on Claret in HT and the watches are beyond art.
    Ever use the drilling attachment for that Marshall staking set? That has got to be the single greatest staking set ever made.
    I know you are doing music again, but I hope you don’t give up the watches. Good luck with everything.

    • Daniel says:

      Christophe Claret makes as close to what is perfection there is for many companies. When we work on one as a Watchmaker we open her up and kind of sit back for a couple minutes just inspecting. Kind of like the old days when movements were made to last forever. You look at a wheel thickness on a vintage piece and you see the berrilium bronze made of the highest content and quality and the wheel made rippin’ thick. Nowadays it’s usually CNC machined by robots and made as thin as possible to execute the same function and work for a select amount of time and then break. They actually test each part for length of time until it breaks in its position. The old part is then thrown away and replaced. In the old days we hit the lathe and fixed the part. It was worth that amount of time to save it. It WAS art.

      Claret kind of draws that middle line of the two. Some of the worlds most complicated mechanisms have been dreamed by others and have come to life from his workshops. No one else could have executed them . Period.

      Doing something like this movement has a no time limit repair. Could be a day, a week, a month or two years. When it’s done it’s done. It’s that complicated.

      There is nothing even 50% close in quality to the Marshall triangle staking set ever made on planet earth. Never will be either. I’ve used the drilling attachment but prefer a Levin micro drill for exactness. Much better runout. For a new set the biggest STAR brand set is very good and used throughout all the complication rooms I frequent in Switzerland. Jules Borel now carries the set after I made them get me one a few years back. They get it from bergeon. 🙂
      Another vintage set that is fantastic, but I don’t think exists over here was made by Seitz. Yes they made a staking set. It’s basic, but simply awesome. Seriously rare to find anywhere.

      I’m a tool freak.

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