Buben & Zorweg Time Mover Handwound, An Automatic Watch Winder For Handwound Watches

Buben & Zorweg Time Mover Handwound, An Automatic Watch Winder For Handwound Watches

Buben & Zorweg Time Mover Handwound, An Automatic Watch Winder For Handwound Watches   luxury items

With renewed interest in mechanical watches, there is currently no shortage of automatic watch winders in the market. However, winders for manually wound watches are few and far between. The reason for this is simple: manually wound watches typically do not have a safety clutch mechanism. This makes it possible for automatic winders to overwind the watch, thus breaking it. To overcome this would therefore require complex sensors and mechanisms, which is exactly what Buben & Zorweg’s latest watch winder has.

The Time Mover Handwound is Austria-based Buben & Zorweg’s latest automatic watch winder and was specifically designed for manually wound watches. The Time Mover Handwound features a pair of rubber-coated rollers to grasp and wind the crown, much like how owners would with their thumbs and fingers. In addition, Buben & Zorweg says that the rubber used for the rollers was specially developed so that they would grip the crown with the, and we quote, “sensitivity of careful fingertips.”

Buben & Zorweg Time Mover Handwound, An Automatic Watch Winder For Handwound Watches   luxury items

To prevent overwinding, the Time Mover Handwound is equipped with advanced sensors which monitor changes in spring tension, and automatically stops winding when it senses that tension has reached an “ideal point”. This “ideal point” as we have learned, is just around half the power reserve.

But how does it know, you may wonder. Well, despite being equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, the Time Mover Handwound does require a bit of calibration before it can work properly. Firstly, owners need to input the power reserve of the watch so that the winder knows roughly how much winding is required to achieve maximum power reserve. Thereafter, it will wind the watch fully and then stop to allow it to run down to half its power reserve. It will then rewind the watch to maximum to accurately determine just how much winding is required to keep the watch at full and half wound states. Over time, it will accurately and reliably keep the watch at around 50% of its power reserve so as not to keep too much tension on the mainspring. There is also a “speed winding mode” that winds the watch quickly, should owners decide to want to wear the watch out.

Buben & Zorweg Time Mover Handwound, An Automatic Watch Winder For Handwound Watches   luxury items

The Time Mover Handwound can be used with practically any manually wound watch thanks to its laterally and diagonally adjustable watch cushion, so it does not matter if the crown is not at the standard three o’clock position. Finally, the Time Mover Handwound can be powered by both the mains or battery and is available in Croco and Ebony Grigio finish. buben-zorweg.com

13 comments
Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Just throwing this out there as a random thought, but has anyone ever made a watch that rings a tiny bell or buzzes when it's down to its last few hours of power?  If you didn't have a PR on the watch, it might be useful and not difficult to implement.

AtotheG
AtotheG

Last week I purchased my first manually wound watch since I got seriously interested in this hobby.  Part of what I love is being able to wind by hand and appreciate the watch while doing so.  Don't get me wrong, I think this winder is pretty awesome, but I prefer to wind and enjoy… although remembering to do so is proving to be another story.

antjay
antjay

Or you could wind your watch by hand . Realistically you would need one of these for each manually wound watch that you own , if in fact it is such a necessity . Personally I would prefer to have my man servant do it for me .

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's not much of a feat or engineering to sense motor torque; depending on the method it can be quite simple.  Throw in a cheap microprocessor and you gain the extra functionality seen here.  Still, a handy machine for those who absolutely can't bear to let their manual watches wind down.  I wonder how much better it is for the movement to keep it running as opposed to letting it stop.  Wear would surely increase, but lubrication would be better maintained.  I dunno... I think this question may have been answered in one of those "Ask aBlogtowatch" sections.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Cool technology. And what does this wonder winder cost?


Sorry but "Buben & Zorweg" sounds like Austrian "Ben & Jerry's" to me :-)

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Ulysses31 That's where the man servant comes in. You make him count down the hours since your last wind (in 1 second increments) and come to gently warn you when it is time for him to take it off your wrist and wind it.

Goes without saying that you need one man servant per manual watch.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

"Drinks wallah...to the time keeping devices!"

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

@Ulysses31 That's one of the top 3 ways to troll WUS mercilessly. Just throw the 'keep it running or let it wind down?" question out and the legions of armchair watchmakers start pulling hair and foaming at the mouth. 

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

How much is that watch winder in the window?

ZL
ZL

@MarkCarson Yeah I couldn't find the price on the website either, suggesting that money is no object for the discerning target consumer. And, yes, the name makes one smile, as has been noted :) 

Would really like to have one, of course...