Absolut Glass Clocks (Torino, Italy).



Fine glass clocks
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Absolut
Crystal

Absolut
Murano

Absolut
Regulateur
Squelette

Absolut
Crystal
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Absolut Regulateur
Squelette
details

Pictures of Absolut clocks - Models Crystal, Cathedral, Murano, Regulateur Squelette

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Absolut is a very special wall pendulum clock, whose mechanism is the first of all times entirely made of glass. It blends, in an absolutely original design, the charm of glass and that of the measure of time.

Its running is made possible by a new and exclusive escapement mechanism, based on two micro ball bearings applied to an anchor, which roll over the teeths of an escapement wheel, instead of crawling over them, and does not need any lubrication.

High technology glass cutting processes are used in order to achieve the required precision.

Hours and minutes are displayed on two separate dials. The 8 days winding up is weight driven.

Absolut is exhibited at the Musée International d’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), the sanctuary of horology.

Absolut is available in four versions, which can satisfy any aesthetic sensitiveness:

  • Absolut Crystal, whose transparent wheels, made of common or extralight glass, exhalt its pure design.
  • Absolut Murano, whose hours and minutes wheels, made of Murano glass, give it the fantastic colours of a millenary art.
  • Absolut Regulateur Squelette, with skeleton sand-blasted wheels and extra-low attrition ball bearing pinions and 11 days winding-up.

Dimensions: 110 x 50 x 12 cm. Weight: 30 kg.
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Technical details - Chronicle of achievements - Links

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Absolut Glass Clocks - Vittorio Scialla - Corso Svizzera 185 - 10149 Torino - Italy
Tel. +39 011 756698 - Fax +39 011 755636
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TECHNICALDETAILS.

Structure

2 triangular panels, tempered extralight glass, 10 mm. (or 0.4 inches)

Toothed Wheels

glass, 10 mm. (or 0.4 inches)

Pinions

glass, 20 mm. (or 0.8 inches)
micro ball bearings (Regulateur Squelette)

Regulator

pendulum with a period of 2 seconds (1 second per oscillation)

Display

2 hands for hours and minutes on 2 separate dials

Winding up
(weight driven)

8 days (Absolut Crystal, Absolut Cathedral)
5 days (Absolut Murano)
11 days (Absolut Regulateur Squelette)

Weight

30 kg. (66 pounds)

Widht

500 mm. (20 inches)

Height

1100 mm. (43 inches)

Total height

2400 mm (94 inches)

Fastening to a wall

2 plugs inserted into the 2 intermediate bolts

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CHRONICLE OF ACHIEVEMENTS.

December 1994

birth of the idea

May 1995

first prototype of the escapement. Built directly in glass, it worked at the first try

July 1995

first complete prototype

October 1995

first definitive piece of the model Absolut Crystal

November 1995

first public exhibit, as a host of the fair "Elogio all’Orologio" in Turin, Italy

December 1995

first piece sold

April 1996

exhibited at Basel ’96, Switzerland

April 1996

first piece of the model Absolut Cathedral

May 1996

first piece of the model Absolut Murano

June 1996

first point of sale in Turin, Italy

September 1996

first piece of the model Absolut Regulateur Squelette. It worked at the first try

September 1996

two clocks exhibited at Orogemma ’96 in Vicenza, Italy

May 1997

first foreign point of sale in Genéve, Switzerland

October 1997

a piece donated to the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de Fonds, Switzerland

February 1998

officially presented at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds

May 1998

a piece sold in auction by Antiquorum Fifth Avenue in New York

December 1999

reached break-even

LINKS TO HOROLOGICAL SITES.

www.horology.com

Very comprehensive link page to horological sites, by Fortunat F. Mueller-Maerki

www.bhi.co.uk

British Horological Institute - rich of horological information

www.nawcc.org

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors

www.awi-net.org

American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute

www.clockwatch.de

Escapement animations and articles

www.abbeyclock.com

Escapement animations and articles

www.thepurists.com

Thomas Mao's "The Purist" - interesting site with articles and forums on horology

www.klokhus.nl

Interesting site with links to resources on horology.

https://www.timecenter.com/
articles/ultimate-collection-
of-clock-resources/

Ultimate collection of clock resources.

earth.google.com

Download the browser and you are ready for fantastic trips around the world!

www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/
vplanet.html

Earth and moon as seen from space

www.timezone.com

Commercial site - rich of information on contemporary watches

www.antiquorum.com

Watch, clock and jewelry auctions

www.pricelessads.com/
findform.htm

Links to collectible sites

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Analogies among car brands and watch brands
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Vittorio Scialla - Corso Svizzera 185 - 10149 Torino - Italy - +39 011 756698