Hi Jeff, Jeremy,
I have been noticing more and more companies, who manufature large watches are using the new Valgranges caliber from ETA. I find the specs and size quite intreguing and was wondering if Ball has any plans to incorporate it in their line-up. I know that Chopard is using it, along with Longines and Glycine. And if I am not mistaken, it was Panerai's idea to remove the chrono function from the 7750 to better suit their mega sized watches...
For those of you who do not know this movement, here is a picture and specs:
Based on the legendary Valjoux calibre, the new Valgranges calibre meets the growing demand for watches in large diameters. The A07.161 version with date features a noble and useful complication, the power-reserve indicator; the ballbearing disconnecting-gear system relieves tension on the buffer indicator when the spring is fully wound.
Model: Calibre Valgranges A07.161
Description: Mechanical movement with lever escapement, automatic winding
28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Diameter: 36,60 mm
Thickness: 7,90 mm
• hours, minutes, seconds
• power-reserve indicator
• date window
Index assembly: ETACHRON with fine rating adjustment
Power reserve: 48 hours
I am a HUGE fan of BIG watches, but I hate it when the date function is so near the center and is so small. A larger caliber just feels "right" in a larger watch...
Anyway, I am just curious...