If there’s a single problem with mechanical watches its that they’re often considered inaccurate. A collection of gears and springs, no matter how carefully put together, will always lose a little time here or there. There’s a solution, quartz, but these tickers are accurate but boring. But why not put the chocolate in the peanut butter, as it were, and connect the two? VCXO has done just that.
Their new watch, called the Ox One, features a mechanical movement that automatically syncs with GPS satellites with the press of a “Magic Button” (yes, that’s what it’s really called) on the side of the watch. A built-in battery is charged by the weights inside the movement that also power the automatic movement. It does not have a winding crown and instead depends on the magic button to set the watch. If there is no GPS connectivity the watch simply sets itself to an internal clock.
The creator of the watch, Adrian Pedrozo, is keeping mum about how the whole system works but the mechanical part of the watch is a TT-738 from Swiss Technotime SA, a movement supplier.
You can see more images of the watch here but beware: the website and video are typically breathless and feature cinematic orchestral music that sounds like something out of the Godzilla soundtrack. The price is also sufficiently gargantuan: a cool $41,000 for one of the first units in gold.