Video: The peerless Experiment ZR012 wristwatch from MazdaOctober 20, 2012 by: Mita Mukherjee
After Mazda did away with their trademark Wankel rotary engine, ceasing all production earlier this year, they have come up with a watch implementing the same unique concept of the rotary engine. The limited collection accessory is a spectacular piece of art carved with exemplary finesse. The watch is named as the Experiment ZR012.
The Experiment ZR012 moving parts can be easily seen below the frontal gauge that tells the time. The stunning engineering masterpiece does not comply with the conventional technique of time telling. Instead it employs creative concepts of Reuleaux triangles moving in coordinated fashion to pin point the current time. The large outer rotor is for the hours whereas the smaller one on the inside is for minutes. Even though it sounds complex this new approach is quite simple and very easy to understand.
The Experiment ZR012 is the brain child of the URWERK founders Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei together with the MB&F partners Maximilian Busser and Serge Kirknoff. This impressive watch, only 12 of which are to be ever made, is heavily priced at $119,500 with an upfront deposit of $35,000.