Breguet: Another Self-Winding Stop-Work


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The animations below show the mainspring being unwound from the perspective of the barrel with two different annuluses. Because a suitable photograph of the arbor wheel was not available, it is shown as transparent grey.

Breguet Other Unwinding large annulus    Breguet Other Unwinding small annulus

      Unwinding Large Annulus                           Unwinding Small Annulus

Winding the mainspring is basically the same, except: First the animation runs from the last frame to the first. Second, the dirction of rotation is anti-clockwise. And third, the opposite sides of the slots in the barrel wheel are used. So it is easy enough to visualise winding. The following animations were constructed by reversing the unwinding animations and show the arbor wheel finger acting on the wrong side of the slots.

Breguet Other Winding large annulus    Breguet Other Winding small annulus

       Winding Large Annulus                               Winding Small Annulus




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