3d-printed Watch with Tourbillon

3d-printed Watch with Tourbillon

The Laimer Tourbillon is an innovative design with the heart beating highly visible in the core. The key function to indicate the time is direct and straight. Balance, Escape Wheel, Tourbillon Cage, Hands, and Barrel are all arranged co-axial. Gears for the transmission from the Barrel, and the reduction from Seconds to Minutes and Hours are placed behind the Tourbillon in order to keep the design circular. All parts are 3d-printed except a few screws and pins. The concept also includes a 3d-printed Mainspring even though it is irrational (plastic is not elastic - it slowly flows and deforms). In order to make it 3d-printable, a lot of engineering effort was invested. The complete movement was essentially re-invented.
Switzerland


3d-printed Watch with Tourbillon

Christoph Laimer

I was born in Zurich, Switzerland, grew up nearby. After finishing my studies in Electrical Engineering at the ETH in Zurich with the masters degree, I was working as a software developer - initially in semiconductor industries, and later many years in life sciences. Designing and creating innovative software, interacting with customers, and managing a small team of software developers was my big pleasure. I was always taken with mechanical constructions, designed and experimented with model airplanes. When 3d-printing became commonly available, a door for a new type of creativity was opened. I had to open this door, and immediately my focus was attracted by mechanical watches. 3d-printing allows to quickly transform fantasy into physical objects. I stopped my former job in December 2014, in order to find more time for a new adventure as a designer for sophisticated 3d-printed objects. My 3d-printed watch with tourbillon was featured in many magazines, and it was even the winner at the Piemonte Share Festival in May, 2016. I believe, future watches will be highly customizable - not only engraving or ornaments on the case, but the whole watch including the movement. Hardware is software.


Stand C19 (pav. 7) - Christoph Laimer

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