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    Question for Ball: Will Ball use the new Valgranges movement?

    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.


    Brand:ETA
    Model: Calibre Valgranges A07.161
    Description: Mechanical movement with lever escapement, automatic winding
    28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
    16 1/2’’’
    24 jewels
    Diameter: 36,60 mm
    Thickness: 7,90 mm
    Functions:
    • 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...

    Thoughts?
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    Re: Question for Ball: Will Ball use the new Valgrange movement?

    That's a great question, Marc!

    I know extremely little about the Valjoux 7750 movement, so I know even less about this larger, more powerful Valgranges calibre. I recall reading that UTS Munchen uses it in their 45mm Adventure(II?) model, which I like a lot. The article I read went on to say that, with just a few motions of the wrist, the Valgranges movement is completely powered up.

    I've also heard of the famous(and popular) Valjoux 7750 "wobble", and would love to own a "wobbler", some day. Since the Valgranges calibre is based on the 7750, and is larger and more powerful...does that mean that the Valgranges would also have the "wobble", and, if so, would it also be a more powerful "wobbler"?
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    Re: Question for Ball: Will Ball use the new Valgrange movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by sukispop View Post
    That's a great question, Marc!

    I know extremely little about the Valjoux 7750 movement, so I know even less about this larger, more powerful Valgranges calibre. I recall reading that UTS Munchen uses it in their 45mm Adventure(II?) model, which I like a lot. The article I read went on to say that, with just a few motions of the wrist, the Valgranges movement is completely powered up.
    So far, I've seen it in primarily watches above 44mm. (correct me if I'm wrong)

    We don't have any watches of that size yet, but it's always a possibility.

    I've also heard of the famous(and popular) Valjoux 7750 "wobble", and would love to own a "wobbler", some day. Since the Valgranges calibre is based on the 7750, and is larger and more powerful...does that mean that the Valgranges would also have the "wobble", and, if so, would it also be a more powerful "wobbler"? [/quote]

    [Well, I stand corrected! Thanks!]

    Has anyone owned a watch with the new Valgranges movement?
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    Re: Question for Ball: Will Ball use the new Valgrange movement?

    Actually, the wobble is from the rotor spinning freely in the non-winding direction. It is so heavy and it spins so fast that the watch wobbles. It's an awesome feeling.

    Wobbling my Ionosphere as I type!
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