Nemo Captain watch comes precisely one year after the first timekeeper from this series, Nemo Sailor, which we have previously reviewed. The new product by Thomas Prescher features an admirable complexity with a flying tourbillon that has three axis of rotation. While it completes a rotation on two of the axes during a period of 60 seconds, the revolution on the third plain lasts for entire hour which is utilized to display minutes. Nemo Captain watch uses steampunk motifs in its design and features a cool jumping hours indication, one of the rare details on the face of the gold and palladium timekeeper with the remarkable tourbillon complication which is guarded by a sapphire dome.
The new timekeeper made by the brand guided by the man otherwise known as the “Master of tourbillons”, Thomas Prescher, is equipped with a manufacture Caliber TP 3W6A.3. The movement has its tourbillon complication protected with a special design which enables higher resistibility to shocks. It is a very perplex movement which has 392 components and 47 jewels. Premiered on another Thomas Prescher timekeeper (Triple Axis Tourbillon Regulator) which was launched three years ago, the new watch has an even more intricate version of the caliber due to the inclusion of the jumping hours feature.
Caliber TP 3W6A.3 which is 37mm wide and 6.46mm thick has plates and bridges crafted from gold-plated brass and sporting hand-engraved guilloche patterns. Thanks to two parallel spring barrels integrated in the caliber, the hand-wound movement has a power reserve that lasts for roughly 40 hours. The in-house developed and manufactured caliber with copper-beryllium balance wheel and flat hairspring oscillates at the frequency of 3 Hz.
Three Axes of Rotation
Undoubtedly, the distinguishing feature of the caliber is its flying tourbillon which rotates on all axes. The tourbillon cage with the diameter of 13.4mm is exceptionally light, but it still requires a fair amount of energy to function. For this reason, the renowned watchmaker utilized a constant-force device placed around the first axis which delivers energy to the escapement six times every second, or in other words, with each beat of the oscillating balance. This is the so-called Jeanneret system where the tourbillon and constant-force spring are driven by main power train and where the efficiency is based on different inertias of the tourbillon cage and the escapement wheel.
Gold, Palladium, Sapphire and Crocodille Skin
Nemo Captain timekeeper is likewise presented in an outstanding package with the Nemo design characteristics with the appearance which combines vintage maritime and steampunk elements, both clearly inspired by the Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and its famous character Captain Nemo. The watch is made of 750 pink gold (4N) and palladium 950 combination fashioned in the Nemo design style. Measuring to 44mm in width, the case has the thickness of 12mm, while the dome that covers the tourbillon goes up to 16.5mm at its highest point. The unusual dial is actually palladium with nameplates in the same material and with red gold appliqués. Utilizing non-oxidizing materials in its construction, the face displays the mixture of brushed surfaces and polished chamfers.
For the attachment, Thomas Prescher opted for a hand-sewn strap made from crocodile leather on both sides. It fastens with a buckle made from pink gold and palladium.