Posted by gordonmiller on December 30, 2010
Today, December 30, 2010, is a great day. It is the day that I say good bye and so long to my 2004 Bentley Arnage what was a nightmare to own and service and say hello to my new 2010 Nissan GT-R. This is my first Nissan since my 2003 350Z Track Model and many of the things that I loved about the 350Z Track Model are found in the GT-R. Also, the car reminds me a lot of the raw power and character of my 1972 Datsun 240Z that was Bob Sharp race prepared. The raw power and capability is amazing and with 0-60 times of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph, you can certainly imagine what it is like behind the wheel. It is hard to keep it under 100 mph for sure. Thankfully, the car has all-wheel-drive to keep the car on the road.
I wish that I could say that I enjoyed owning a Bentley, but I can not. I would never own another one. Bentley is now owned by VW, so I with them luck with that. The Arnage was a car that impressed everyone from age 8 to 80, but the GT-R only impresses one person… ME and that is all I care about. Faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 430 and Porsche Twin Turbo and half the price or less than any of those.
Posted by gordonmiller on December 4, 2010
By the 1930′s the Swiss watch industry was coping with the demands of a growing audience for more “sport style” watches…those that could take more of a stressful existence. The result was several “shock” absorbing systems.
The most sensitive part of the watch is the balance assembly, this was where the innovators needed to look to solve the problem. As the watch took a shock..the balance wheel pivot had a tendency to “bounce” in the opposite direction of the impact…this sent the pivot up into the jewel and the cap jewel…often times cracking the jewel or actually breaking off the tip of the balance pivot…rendering the watch useless for timekeeping.
With the advent of the “shock-proof system”…the impact was absorbed. This was accomplished by placing a metal spring system over the balance jewels..this allowed the pivot and jewel to rise away from the balance plate thus absorbing the shock, and then to return back down to it’s original position.
In the picture, the jewel is in red, the cap jewel in pink…the pivot is in green, and the “incabloc” shock absorber is in gold. Picture is a Vintage BWC Chronograph Incabloc mechanism.
BWC Incabloc Mechanism
Posted by gordonmiller on December 3, 2010
The Buttes Watch Company (BWC) was found in 1924 by Mr. Arthur Charlet, in his birthplace, Buttes (Canton Neuchâtel). The “Val de Travers”, an aesthetic high-lying valley in Switzerland nearby the French border, is well known for watchmakers in the 18th Century. During the economic crisis in 1923 which Switzerland was also oppressively affected, he founded courage to pioneer as a watch manufacturer.
From this time on the BWC-SWISS was the only used trade mark in Europe and in English speaking countries. It is also registered as a world-wide trademark.
The company first started off with producing all different variety of pocket watches. The first markets was initially launched in Germany and then expanded to England, Spain, Poland and Hungary. Later, sales areas were opened to the most important trading countries in Europe at that time like Greece and Turkey. The main overseas markets were USA, Cuba and Canada.
Mr. Arthur Charlet’s son-in-law, Mr. Edwin Volkart, took over the company in 1953 and continue to operate it with alacrity.
BWC-SWISS realized quickly the state-of-the-art in watch-technology. By 1967, electro-mechanical watches were also part of their watch collection. Thus in 1972 the collection of the BWC already carried the first quartz-digital-display and in 1975 the first fully developed quartz-analogue watch.
With the lack of competent workers in the “Val de Travers” valley and the changing of ownership in 1991, the company had to move the manufacturing plant to Canton Solothurn. All commercial activities of the BWC Fabrique d’Horlogerie SA / Bienne is since then availed by Reek GmbH in Pforzheim, Germany.
In the course of re-organization in 1999, BWC-SWISS was integrated in the newly founded Maddox AG in Pforzheim, Germany. In the year 2000, the 75th anniversary watches, designed by Mr. Alexander Schnell-Waltenberger from Pforzheim, won the Good Design Award. This award which is one of the oldest and most meaningful awards for industry design in the United States, was presented to BWC-SWISS in Chicago.
Vintage BWC Chronograph