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Emmanuel Bouchet and Augustin Nussbaum worked together for the past 2 years to create the Opus 12. What is so special about this timepiece, is the hour and 1/12th of an hour (five-minutes) displays via a rotating, double-hand system.

Animation of the minute hands occurs ever five minutes, and makes an audible loud, but not annoying, clicking sound, as a result of the massive amount of torque the movement makes to complete this process. Animation of the 12-hour hands at each hour, is not audible, like the 5-minute change, but it is more visually impressive, as it requires 13 hands to turn before the final hour hand displays the hour.

There is a retrograde five-minute display in the center of the dial, a power-reserve indicator and small seconds in the center of the dial complete the display functions of this horological masterpiece.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.