The ability for us to manufacture our own escape wheel from raw high grade titanium in our atelier, with custom hand made cutters, isn’t for the light hearted but is a key point to being fully independent. There are very few companies that make escape wheel's in house because of its complexities posing one of the large hurdles of independence. Utilizing, and building upon, a modern re-invention of 1800’s Watchmaker Louis Richard’s eccentric oil free escapement Mr.Spitz has reduced its size to fit within wristwatch size and created something rather spectacular in watchmaking by breaking this barrier and furthering its parts longevity and strength by finding a way to machine it from a certain type of high grade titanium. While fine tuning and poising the pallet fork was one hurdle of re-imagining a mechanical design of yesteryear, he also brought symmetry to its functional parts as a whole by utilizing an incredibly hard to machine metallurgy, titanium. All of this while working in tandem with a greatly oversized titanium balance wheel leads to a longer run down time of the mainspring, less power, instant torque and stress needed to push the train, and less wear on all jewels.
Keeping it simple using the least amount of parts to accomplish each sub components duties is what Daniel says was needed to be executed. From vast experience we know the more complicated a timepieces caliber is the more prone they are to something somewhere causing problems. So Daniel set out to strip it down to essentials and build it up with robust overbuilt thick parts reminiscent of an era past.
A titanium escape wheel and hand polished steel pinion made from A to Z in our United States atelier. With an extended through plate pinion shaft it connects to the sub seconds wheel on the dial side. The teeth are a shape unique requiring a series of hand made cutters, jigs and procedures to produce an exemplary one of kind escapement .