Below are a series of photos showing the fabrication of the wheels for the
remontoire system. These are based on designs
settled upon in January 2006 and based in part of Henri-Bernard Wagner's design c. 1850.
Click for more information on remontoire. The large pinions
shown in the fifth photo (and all other large pinions) will have their sides dished and
The next four photos below show the importance of the creation of the
original mockup. The fabricated parts are shown being inserted into the mockup to see how
these will perform into the final concept for the movement. One will see as the project
continues how the final fabricated parts will be far more refined than than those in the
mockup. The final designs in metal are much more complex and refined than in the wooden
mockup. See video below.
Below is a custom made injection molding die for the plastic rings and
dust caps that will be used to make all of the pivots that will be equipped with modern
roller bearings look to like the rest of the real jeweled bearings in the clock. Note that
at this very early phase of the project, all of these calculations for the possible sizes
have been taken into account. The last two photos show what a typical ring covering a
roller bearing would look like, in this case within the remontoire differential drive
The two videos below show how the fabricated metal parts are fitted to the
original wooden mockup parts to see how they will look and fit into the original concept
model. One will see how refined the clock becomes as the metal parts begin to replace the
less refined wood mockup parts.