Concierge Price: $1,250,000
Wristwatches long ago became more than clocks. You can get them today with pulse monitors, GPS features, cameras and more. But Swiss watchmaker Girard Perregaux has now gone one better.
Introducing a one of a kind timepiece by the venerable watchmaker Girard-Perregaux that features a built-in, entirely mechanical and absolutely addictive slot machine.
You might need a good night at the craps table to afford the $1.25M concierge price — if you can get your hands on one. The one that’s been made so far is spoken for.
The Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon has details to make watch fanciers’ eyes spin.
First, don’t be fooled by the name. It’s brand-new; Vintage 1945 refers to the case style.
The timepiece has a gold bridge but, surprisingly, no jewels. It’s encased in a pink-gold case with a see-through back and is water-resistant to 30 meters. It has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and is mechanical with manual winding and a power reserve of four days. It has an alligator strap with a folding clasp and functions include hour, minute and second.
The tourbillon design is highly sought by collectors and one of the most challenging watch mechanisms to make. Perfected more than 200 years ago, it mounts the escapement in a rotating frame to counter the effect of gravity and other forces that affect the watch’s accuracy.
The clincher, of course, is the slot machine.
“This watch actually has two separate power sources, one for the watch, and one for the slot machine,” said Ronald Jackson, president of Girard-Perregaux. “This is an expensive watch not because we set out to create an expensive product. We had a concept in mind, and the expense comes from how it’s made and what it does.”
The challenge was not only to reduce a slot machine to the size of a watch, but to combine the different functions. It took almost three years to develop and more than 500 parts to accomplish.
The slot machine works much like a traditional one-armed bandit. Pulling the handle on the right side of the case starts the reels spinning. Each of the three reels stops on one of the five symbols, resulting in 125 possible combinations. The odds of getting three symbols in a row are one in 25. Every time a reel stops, a hammer is released, which chimes on a gong.
The handle on the side of the case is connected to a rack. When the handle is pulled, the rack slides up. When the rack reaches its highest point, it starts the reels spinning and slowly slides back down. When it has returned approximately two-thirds of the way, it activates stoppers, which stop the reels one by one, and synchronically activates the striking mechanism.
The biggest challenge will be to meet that timetable, Jackson said, because of handcrafting.
“There is so much precision involved in making something like this,” Jackson said. “It really is a terribly complex machine.”
REF : 99720-52-651-BA6A
Material : Pink gold
Dimensions / Diameter : 43.00 x 43.95 mm
Height : 17.30 mm
Case-back : Sapphire crystal, secured by 4 screws
Water resistance : 30 meters (3 ATM)
Movement : GPE0001-0001, Mechanical, manual winding movement
Caliber : 38.60 x 32.60 mm
Frequency : 21,600 Vib/h (3 Hz)
Jewels : 38
Power reserve : min. 75 hours
Functions : Tourbillon, hour, minute, slot machine with chime mechanism, small second on the tourbillon
MECHANICAL MOVEMENT WITH MANUAL WINDING
Calibre : 38.60 x 32.60 mm
Height : 8.92 mm
Frequency : 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Jewels : 38
Power reserve : min. 96 hours (4 days)
Functions : Tourbillon, hour, minute, small second on the Tourbillon, slot machine and striking mechanism
The handle on the side of the case is connected to a rack. By pulling the handle, the rack slides up. When the rack reaches its highest point, and only then (a so called “all or nothing mechanism”), it starts the reels spinning and slowly slides back down. When it has returned approximately two thirds of the way, it activates stoppers, which stop the reels one by one, and synchronically activates the striking mechanism.
JACKPOT TOURBILLON UNDER GOLD BRIDGE
For this exceptional watch, destined to be worn on the wrists of a privileged few, the concentration on detail involved an intricate choice of the symbols. These are reproductions of those found in the first mechanical slot machine, the famous “Liberty Bell”, invented at the end of the 19th century and so named with reference to the independence of the United States of America. On the gold reels, hollowed out and then delicately lacquered, the suits of spades, hearts, diamonds, horseshoes and the famous bells, appear at random.
* Condition New or Never Worn
* Brand Girard-Perregaux
Model Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon 99720-52-651-BA6A
* Case Diameter 43 mm
Case Material Rose Gold
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Source: Las Vegas Sun