An automaton watch commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the USA.
To commemorate the 1869 achievement, just 18 watches will be available in 45.4 mm solid rose gold cases, and just 69 more in 43.2 mm steel and rose-gold cases. Both share a similar layout with central hour and minute hands, small seconds at 6, and a very peculiar automaton taking a hefty amount of dial space. The latter is inspired by the front of a locomotive and the Golden Spike that was laid at the rails during Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869 symbolizing the transcontinental accomplishment.
The automaton arrangement comprises two large wheels and one small wheel, concentrating energy into continuous power. The coupling rod passes on power to two reamed, anodized aluminium piston rods – except that here, rather than a piston, the system showcases a reproduction of the Golden Spike, moving up and down in recollection of the thousands of crampons driven in all the way along the route. Both watches are powered by an automatic movements with 48 hours of power reserve and will be available in autumn 2019 (currently on a pre-order basis). The price for two-tone version is $38,500 while the solid rose-gold one goes for $57,500.