Ik ben zelf in het bezit van een Nelsonic BlackJack watch. Erg leuk om mee te spelen.
Nu is er in navolging van het mechanische Jackpothorloge een mechanisch blackjack horloge ontwikkeld door Christophe Claret. Mijn mond viel gewoon open na het zien van dit filmpje.
Could this be the first of many “interactive” mechanical watches?
Christophe Claret’s BaselWorld 2011 release, the 21 BlackJack, is a fully functioning casino, offering the wearer the option of playing roulette, dice, or cards…seriously.
At 4 o’clock, two 1.5mm but perfectly legible dice sit in a cage that when shaken, allow the wearer to use them for a came of craps, for example.
Then, on the caseback, you will see that the rotor of this automatic watch is actually a full roulette wheel. There is no ball, but instead an arrow inlaid on an internal flange t indicate where the wheel has landed.
But, the focus of this watch is the game of blackjack. “On the lower part of the dial, between 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, the player’s four cards appear in windows. Two are visible, the other two hidden by shutters. On the upper part of the dial are three additional windows for the dealer’s cards, one of which is visible, the other two also hidden by shutters. A pushpiece at 9 o’clock arms a spring that triggers, all at once, the seven discs on which the cards are printed. Made of solid gold to impart the ideal weight and inertia, these discs each rest on a double set of ceramic ball bearings. After a few seconds, they are randomly stopped by a jumper-spring. The extremely delicate symbols and numbers on each card are made with successive transfers, requiring that they be fired in a dedicated oven once for each colour.”
The caseback of Claret’s 21 Blackjack is a working roulette wheelAt this stage of the game, three cards are face up: two of the player’s cards and one of the dealer’s. The next step is delightful. If the player is going to hit, he presses the pushpiece at 8 o’clock, engraved with the word “player.” One of the shutters then opens, revealing his card, and at the same time, in a supremely refined touch, a bell rings to indicate “hit.” Each time a shutter opens, whether for the player or the dealer, the note will sound. The striking mechanism’s hammer and bell are visible through a side window at 2 o’clock.
The dealer operates the pushpiece marked “dealer” at 10 o’clock to open one of the two shutters. Now all that remains is to count up the points and determine the winner. The dealer has some 216 different card combinations; the player no less than 4096; for a total of 884,736 ways to win or lose.
This Manufacture Calibre BLJ08 is a self-winding COSC chronometer-certified movement comprising 501 parts and two barrels ensuring a power reserve of about 72 hours. In addition to the casino games and chime, it displays hours and minutes. To ensure extreme accuracy, it operates at a frequency of 4 hertz, or 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The Christophe Claret 21 BlackJack will be available in: white gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; pink gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; platinum and grade 5 black PVD titanium; grade 5 black PVD titanium, or grade 5 grey titanium. Each version will be limited to a maximum of 21 pieces. Price will be between $178,000 and $210,000 depending on configuration