The new Swatch Sistem51 – a breakthrough in automatic movement design?

Swatch Sistem51 (or System 51) is an automatic movement, developed by ETA and Nivarox, made of just 51 parts and features a power reserve of 90 hours. The components are welded together to form a single assembly centered on a single screw. The movement is made of ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel, and zinc, which is highly anti-magnetic. The movement will be entirely assembled by robots and completely sourced in Switzerland making it truly a 100 percent Swiss-made timepiece. The price isn’t set yet but is thought to be in the USD135 range. The watch will debut in October of 2013.

This is very interesting. I believe this could be the breakthrough in redesigning automatic movement. I also suspect that this unit will be one that the Swatch group will offer to other watch manufacturers instead of the ETA movement.

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