3D printed functional horological model
The tourbillon was invented by Breguet in 1795 and patented in 1801. It was intended to counter the effects of gravity on the escapement. Today their usefulness is controversial, but the allure remains. In my opinion, a tourbillon is the ultimate expression of mechanical beauty.
3D printing turns the traditional paradigm of manufacturing around, allowing for extremely rapid prototyping. The 1000% scale is a result of the resolution capabilities of today's 3D printers, but it has an unexpected benefit. It allows people to hold the usually too delicate tourbillon in their hands, see clearly every single part at work, and therefore fully comprehend the mechanics. Tourbillon 1000% is the result of 3 years of engineering and design.
Tourbillon 1000% is not intended to be a timekeeper, but rather an educational device. Thermoplastics may experience characteristic changes when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Tourbillon 1000% is a unique horological model available in very limited numbers. All production is done in-house. I engineer, design, print, assemble and regulate everything myself. Each piece will be made specifically for each client; customization is possible. Please contact me for details and to purchase.
I was born and raised in California's Silicon Valley. Engineering has always been a source of endless joy for me. After earning a degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, I worked in San Francisco at various technology startups.
Eventually I wanted to try something different, mechanical watches always had fascinated me. They are the physical manifestation of the same engineering projects I dealt with in the technology industry. After a chance meeting with Peter Speake-Marin and positive encouragement from my wife, I decided to apply to watchmaking school. I ended up in Miami, Florida, studying at The Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School under gifted watchmaking instructor Paul Francis Madden.
After watchmaking school, I moved to New York City to establish a workshop. New York City is wonderful for many reasons but especially because of its vibrant horological community. I am the Vice President of the Horological Society of New York and often present on technical horological subjects. I have experience in semiconductor manufacturing techniques, having devoted time to learning reactive ion etching of silicon and working in a nanofabrication facility cleanroom. I also worked extensively with micro-scale CNC machining. Today, my focus is applying additive manufacturing technologies to horology. My work reflects a heritage in high technology while respecting the history of horology.