The “ Old Mind ” Model

The name of the first model produced with only 25 pieces called "Old Mind" was chosen to promote our vision of the future of fine watchmaking combined with Métiers Rares such as hand guillochage, hand chamfered, monochrome aspect, engraving etc. The “Old Mind” symbolizes the permanent connection with the roots of a traditional past, which Van Bricht has decided to honour in this first realization.

Pure & Original Line

Goal is to achieve a monochrome style. The complexity of the tourbillon combined with precise know-how gives it a remarkable visibility.


The Watch Case

With its particular design offers an opened view on the full space dial

  • Diameter of the case : 40 mm
  • Diameter of the guilloched dial : 37 mm of diameter
  • This dimension allows a stainless steel watch case 316L of 7 mm of thickness on which one they adjust a particular glass to arrive to the final and global tickness of 10,6 mm
  • Dimensions are an important aspect and we obtain a final result which is recognized internationally as it combines new casing-up system, put forward old know-how of ancestral art of guilloche and refined watchmaking decoration

More details…

It is a double opened side watch case.
The back of the case being also provided with a crystal sapphire glass allowing to see the hand chamfered movement through a unique engraving style. This work is achieved thanks to a partnership in Switzerland, where the craftman pushes the finishes to the maximum of his art beauty.

The back of the watchcase has been designed to be (re)centered on the wrist.

The engraving on the back of the case is made by Alain Lovenberg - Belgian Master Engraver of great reputation, who is one of the only ones who still know how to make old engraving techniques.

The casing-up system of the watch case allows two important things :

  • the placement of a spherical crystal sapphire glass
  • a better movement resistance to shocks (5000g)

The Watch Movement : New real prototype based on a Swiss movement which has been entirely revisited, redesigned, reworked and adapted to the particular design of the watch.

3Hz 21 600 vph - hours, minutes, small seconds – power reserve 110 h
Manual-winding

Front
Back


The dial of prototype 1/2 : fully hand-guilloche - MOIRE design “new generation” on solid silver bleached support. This design is a little “crazy” and rarely used in high watchmaking

The dial of prototype 2/2 : fully hand-guilloche – BARLEYCORN ROUNDED design on solid silver bleached support. This design is pure traditional, discreet and elegant

In both prototypes you can discover the complications of 60 sec tourbillon appearing just like in a “timeless tunnel”. The tourbillon’s complexity blends perfectly with the design of the case opened on the dial, which it is the starting point of the guilloche.

Glass :The glass is made of sapphire crystal glass. It stands at the height of the dial.

The little extra: slight magnifying effects on the contour of the glass attract your attention at the last moment: an unexpected effect guaranteed for those who admire your timepiece

Watch Hands : Made in steel; are hand polished, their length is adapted to the index of the watches The minutes hands comes close the circle index. The hour hands goes through the center of the B of the Van Bricht’s Brand.

Watch Strap : Handmade in leather of Kudu and ostrich. It is a hand sewn bracelet coming from Italy. The color has been chosen in the continuity of the monochrome style.

Soft & cozy it finishes the movement of the watch case marrying the shape of the wrist.