Kinetic ballet: The new double-axis Planet watch winder by Bernard Favre
Upkeep your timekeeping
Hitting the proverbial reset button on your watches just got upgraded with new options from Bernard Favre's Planet watch winders, and just in time for the start of a new year too. Engineered to optimise your automatic timepieces, the second generation of watch winders, dubbed the double-axis, has been designed to perfectly calibrate your prized collection of haute horlogerie without overwinding them — a feat credited to nine brand new programme settings.
And while the double-axis pretty much mirrors the original Planet in aesthetics, those looking for something new won't be disappointed with its improved specs. There's plenty to geek out over, like the addition of the 'Exhibition' setting if you want your watch to spin prettily for purely visual purposes, while the concealed switches and ports in the winder's base — which now comes in different finishings — includes a USB slot that lets you upload custom winding programmes tailored to your watch's calibre. The charge power also gets an upgrade, keeping the rotation rings working its mesmerising motions for up to three months on a single charge with its quiet, high-efficiency motor. Whether it's for the cool factor or to legitimately wind your automatic watches (or both, because style and substance, right?), here's the breakdown of programmes zero to nine for what is possibly the coolest paperweight ever to sit up top on your desktop:
0. Charging does not rotate.
1. Completes 800 clockwise rotations in 40 minutes.
2. Completes 1,000 clockwise rotations in 50 minutes.
3. Completes 800 anti-clockwise rotations in 40 minutes.
4. Completes 1,000 anti-clockwise rotations in 50 minutes.
5. Completes 480 clockwise and 480 anti-clockwise rotations in 40 minutes. This programme winds 99 per cent of watches.
6. Completes 680 clockwise and 680 anti-clockwise rotations in approximately 50 minutes.
7. Completes 800 clockwise and 800 anti-clockwise rotations in approximately 65 minutes.
8*. Carries out the following sequence 150 times: 3 clockwise rotations, 6-second pause, 3 anti-clockwise rotations, 6-second pause, approximately 105 minutes.
9*. Carries out the following sequence 800 times: 3 clockwise rotations, 6-second pause, 3 anti-clockwise rotations, 6-second pause. This programme is ideal for display cases, approximately 7 hours.
* Customisable by yourself
The Bernard Favre Planet double-axis watch winder will be available from 15 January 2018.