AHCI members are known for pushing the boundaries of time machines (no longer considered timepieces) with the likes of Vianney Halter, Felix Baumgartner, Vincent Calberese, Christiaan Van der Klaauw, Peter Speak-Marin, Miki Eleta with Marc Jenni.
Marc Jenni explaining how the piston functions
Timeburner is designed by Miki Eleta and powered by Marc Jenni. Miki Eleta is well known for his clockmaking skills and Marc Jenni for his complicated movements.
Timeburner is a steampunk machine with a play on a piston of an internal combustion engine. As Marc stated "Just like an engine transforms chemical energy (petrol) into mechanical energy (movement); TIMEBURNER converts the owner's ignition and winding of the spark plug (crown) into mechanical movement and drives the piston along a non-linear time scale. This piston replaces the hands in the role of telling the time."
The launch of Timeburner was marked with the members of Hell's Angels Zurich chapter. The riders from Zurich loved this watch and wanted to support Miki's creation.
The watch is 48mm wide with an untreated bronze bezel and crown. There is unique/custom numbered "license plate" on the underside of the piston and crown. It is a hand wound movement based on Unitas 6497-1 movement but completely re-worked by Marc Jenni.
Details of the movement:
Winding: manual, bidirectional
Functions: hour and minutes
Movement: Unitas cal. 6497-1 modified by Marc Jenni
Finishing: ground surface with bead blasted cut-outs and decorations
Coating: Rhodium plated
Piston: Aluminium with black indication line
Rod & crankshaft: Rhodium plated coating on bead blasted
brass with 1 jewel
Power reserve: 46 hours
Frequency: 18’000 v/h
The dial comes in either silver plated or black chrome plated. Each version is limited to 99 machines. Visit Timeburner website for more information.