Ellicott slims mechanical movement into 5mm form

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Watch brand creates one-off piece to demonstrate mechanical skills.

Ellicott has unveiled what it claims is the world’s thinnest movement with a minute repeater with perpetual calendar.

There has only been one of these watches made and it is on display at BaselWorld this week. The brand has no plans to create any more and hopes to sell the Master Complication RE38 watch through a retailer.

The watch has been priced up at CHF350,000 (£243,000).

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The Grand Complication RS38 is not quite ready for sale as there is still about six weeks worth of work to be done on the movement but it should be ready for its new owner in a couple of months.

Nick Wiseman of Jaw Fine Products, which distributes Ellicott in the UK, said: "This watch shows the level of ambition of Ellicott."

The movement is housed 18K pink gold case. An engraved, clear sapphire case back reveals the movement’s complex workings.

The RS 38’s hand-wound mechanical movement displays the hours and minutes plus seven complications including a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a moon-phase indicator. The watch’s 388 parts and components are built into a movement just 5.1mm thick.

 

 

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