2012/01/23 - Thomas Prescher TempusVivendi "DRAGON"

The dragon has a special place in the mythology of the Orient, uniting human characteristics with the beauty of nature. It is simultaneously a symbol and a legendary monster, taking part in human fortune and watching over the destiny of its rulers.
 
This mythical creature has the power of magic; its wisdom supersedes that of all other creatures. It can defy all physical laws and transform itself into innumerable things: a creature as small as a tiny silkworm or a flying lizard large enough to cover the earth. These characteristics made the dragon king of the scaly tribes.
 
Its body is a composite of the most terrible, imposing and powerful characteristics of all creatures. The scales of its body number nine times nine, the luckiest of numbers. Claws vary in number according to the dragon’s rank, the ordinary dragon having four while the one related to the Chinese imperial household possesses five.
 
The dragon is usually accompanied by its favorite possession and its glory, the Chinese pearl or the Japanese hõju no tama. It is the jewel of omnipotence and divinity, said to contain the spiritual essence of the universe.
 
The dragon’s breath is charged with fire and water that rise in spiral clouds of a beautiful pattern, said to be the manifestation of active cosmic forces.
 
Legend has it that dragons live very long lives spanning thousands of years. When the dragon hatches from the egg, it starts life as a water dragon, which is the symbol for learning. Later it turns into the land dragon, the symbol of the statesman. Finally, it will become the dragon of the skies, which was exclusively the symbol of the emperor, the son of heaven.
 
Today, the dragon is the national emblem of China and a symbol of the legends of the past.




Technical Specifications

· Double retrograde indication of time
· Continuously running display of minutes and jumping display of hours (temporal display)
· Special device for switching between the figure displaying the time and being in a non-temporal resting 
  position (activated by button in crown)
 
Movement Information
 
 
Diameter
37 mm, including module
Height           
7 mm, including module
Displays       
jumping hours (retrograde), minutes (retrograde).
Each shown by one of the figure’s extremities on a
semicircular scale
Winding
automatic
Power reserve
40 hours
Number of jewels
25 bearing jewels
Frequency
28,800 vph
Escapement
Swiss lever escapement
Balance spring
flat hairspring
Shock protection
Incabloc
Decoration
completely hand-engraved and gold-plated
Rotor
18-karat gold, completely hand-engraved
 
 
Case Details
 
 
Case material
18-karat gold
Diameter
43 mm
Height           
13 mm
Crystal
convex sapphire crystals on front and back
Crown           
contains button for activating time display
Dial material
onyx or precious metal
Figure
18-karat gold
Index plates
18-karat gold
Name plates
18-karat gold
Water resistance
1 atm (10 meters)
Strap             
hand-cut and –sewn alligator skin uppers and lowers
Buckle          
18-karat gold