12/04/2012 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom
The Tread 1, the first timepiece by Devon Works, is a truly unique watch and a masterpiece of engineering. The ultimate gadget for everybody with enough money and a close relation to conveyors uses four ultra-thin belt conveyor systems with pulleys and drive systems to display the time.
Los Angeles (CA), USA – From the perspective of a bulk materials handling expert, the Devon Tread 1 may not the "Grand Complication" of belt conveying. The belt is not troughed and the system is missing transfer points, belt cleaning and sophisticated dust control – however, it is still a fascinating piece of engineering.
The watch is a mixture of electronic and mechanical systems and uses four 2/1000th of an inch (0.05 millimetre) fiberglass-reinforced nylon belts powered by microstep motors and mounted on central chassis which is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries.
The belt assemblies are mounted on a central chassis, which allows for a good clearance of the moving parts, and, according to Devon Works, creates the illusion that the parts are floating within the case. Four extremely compact microstep motors drive the movement of the four belts with high efficiency and accuracy. The lubricant-free pulley system moves freely due to the integration of jeweled bearings.
The watch is equipped with a temperature-compensated crystal which provides data to the onboard microprocessors that drives the four motors. The five-piece case design is made from high-grade stainless steel produced in five elements though CNC construction. The "glass" of the Tread 1 is a crystal produced from scratch-resistant an anti-reflective polycarbonate with bullet-proofe durability.
The Tread 1 comes in in a number of design variations at a retail price of approx. USD 15.000. Top of the list is the limited "Steampunk" Edition with a price of approx. USD 25.000.
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