At the moment it seems like the world has gone crazy. Entering 2021 the Covid pandemic shows no signs of abating and in many geographic regions new more aggressive strains of the virus have been detected. In the United States, the incumbent president Donald Trump is refusing to leave the office and has been accused of inciting violence. Certainly, scenes from Washington showing mass riots sent tremors around the globe. However, through times of adversity artists, designers and craftsman around the world are still creating exceptional products. A great example is Vianney Halter who has just unveiled a new version of the ‘Deep Space’ called the Resonance.
Recently, I read a very interesting article on the ‘Naked Watchmaker’. It was a deconstruction of the phenomenal ‘Deep Space Tourbillion’ originally released in 2013. Even though I love all of Vianney Halter’s magnificent creations the ‘Deep Space’ is my personal favourite. The timepiece is inspired by the iconic TV series ‘Star Trek’ and the aesthetically it’s literally out of this world. That is why I was excited to receive a press release presenting the ‘Deep Space Resonance’
In the world of horology, Vianney Halter is considered by his contemporaries as an exceptional watchmaker. He’s a member of the highly prestigious Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI). This elite organisation includes phenomenal craftsman who can create exceptional mechanical movements. Having this skill set is crucial when devising very complicated watches. The conception of the ‘Deep Space Resonance’ has involved many years of fastidious research. However, judging by the finished results the effort has definitely been worth it.
Vianney Halter spent most of 2020 to construct the ‘Deep Space Resonance’ as well as collaborating on an exciting project with Louis Erard (Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Vianney Halter). The complex three-axis movement pays homage to Achille Benoît’s beautiful 1939 marine chronometer and contains 42 polished curved pillars. This structure supports the bridges and has a refined 3D architectural appearance. I total the mechanism comprises 371 individual components and oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. It also has a power reserve of 65-hours.
Photos credit : Guy LUCAS de PESLOUAN