Imagine what it would be like to know when the sun will appear and disappear, anywhere on Earth, thanks to a mechanical watch. Krayon presents Everywhere, with a truly unique and ingenious complication that calculates sunrise and sunset times.
On land and at sea, the path of the sun across the sky underpins the notion of time and is even a way to measure its passing. Krayon's founder Rémi Maillat nurtured his dream to be able to know sunrise and sunset times at any point on the globe, thanks to a mechanical movement. By making this dream reality, he have achieved something totally unprecedented in watchmaking: a universal mechanical calculator that gives the exact sunrise and sunset times.
What's more, this innovative complication is adjusted simply by the crown. The USS calibre, short for Universal Sunrise Sunset, equips the Everywhere watch whose dial transposes to the wrist a fascinating astronomical phenomenon: the movement of the sun across the sky, wherever the wearer of the watch may be.
The blue arrow indicates the hours, with a 24-hour scale on the outside ring. Actually between 8 and 9 o'clock. The minute can be read at the center (39 minutes).
The hour arrow, like the Sun crosses all the color of the day and night.
Currently displaying 39 minutes. The minute hand, like the hour and date hands has a blued finition that allow easy reading at first glance
The limit between the night in blue and the day in yellow indicates the sinrise. We can read the sunrise time on the outside ring. (7:05am)
The limit between the day in yellow and the night in blue indicates the sunset. We can read the sunset time on the outside ring (7:30pm).
The daylight duration is shown by the scale on the discs. (12hours and 25 minutes)
The date is shown by the longest of the two hands. currently displaying 24th
The month is shown by the shortest of the two hands. Currently displaying month of February. The month hand moves progressively each day as time passes.
This hand indicates the latitude parameter set by the wearer for the calculation of sunrise and sunset times. Currently indicates 0°. The latitude can be adjusted from 60°North to 60°South. Beyond these latitudes there would be no sunrise and sunset every day throughout the year.
The longest of the two hands indicates the longitude parameter defined by the wearer for the calculation of the sunrise and sunset times. Currently displays 100° East
Indicates the UTC time zone parameter used to calculate and display the sunrise and sunset times. Currently shows +8. The setting can be made in 30-minute intervals, allowing you to select half time zones, which are used, for example, in India.
When switching to daylight saving time (DST), follow the direction of the DST arrow to make a one-hour adjustment of the UTC parameter.
Indicates which function is selected for adjustment by the function selector switch.
All settings are made via the crown.
The crown has 3 positions: The first one for manual winding of the movement, the second one for setting the time, and the third one is multifunction. It allows the setting of the function selected by the function selector (date, latitude, longitude or utc). all settings are made in both directions and without limits.
Press this pusher to select the next function for multi-function setting by the crown. The selector hand indicates the selected function.
A glance at Everywhere's dial reveals the number of daylight hours on a lighter coloured circle, yellow or pink depending on the version. A darker circle symbolises night. The point at which the two circles meet corresponds to sunrise and sunset.
As the seasons change, or at different locations, the number of daylight hours lengthens or shortens. A blue arrow on the edge of the dial materialises the path of the sun as it travels through the sky.
Everywhere reaches this seemingly simple result by combining the five parameters that influence sunrise and sunset calculations. First longitude and latitude, which geographically define a point on Earth, then the UTC time zone, and lastly the date and month.
The watch's wearer sets each one as required to then see the precise hour at which the sun will appear and disappear, in the place of his choice and on the day he wishes.
The hands and indicators in daily use – date and time – are in blue to visually stand out for maximum legibility. Contrasting with them, the hands corresponding to the settings have a softer colour which can be white gold or pink gold, depending on the version.
Hours are read from the contour of the dial thanks to a blue arrow on a 24-hour scale, which also shows how many hours have passed since the last sunrise. Minutes are shown by a large central hand. A subsidiary dial in the upper part of the main dial displays longitude between +180° and -180°, shown by the longest of the two hands. The shorter hand points to the UTC time zone and advances in half increments to take into account every time zone in use around the world. When required, the DST (Daylight Saving Time) indication adjusts for summer time. Two hands occupy the centre of the main dial: the one on the left covers latitude between +60° and -60° while the hand on the right shows the chosen parameter: date, latitude, longitude or UTC. A subdial in the lower portion of the dial presents date and month.
Despite Everywhere's capacity to combine and display multiple parameters, the engineers at Krayon have ensured that setting these parameters is simplicity itself.
The item in question - date, latitude, longitude, UTC – is selected using the pusher on the left side of the case, then set from the crown. The default setting is the date as this corresponds to the most frequently used function. Furthermore, adjustments can be made by turning the crown forwards or backwards, thereby protecting the mechanism against damage caused by mishandling.
The concept of the Universal Sunrise & Sunset (USS) calibre is nothing short of exceptional. All 595 components have been designed and manufactured specifically for it, thanks to which Remi Maillat have succeeded in producing a surprisingly compact movement - given its immense complexity - measuring 6.5mm high. This ingenious calibre is able to combine parameters that give opposing information, such as sunrise and sunset times. It also incorporates an equation of time, a secret function that is not shown on the dial, in order to calculate the different parameters. The USS calibre is fitted with four differentials, 84 gear assemblies and a total of 145 gear parts. Three patents have been filed to protect these inventions. Automatically wound by a white gold micro-rotor, the USS calibre delivers a 72-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 3 Hz.
The finishing and decoration of Everywhere are entirely by hand, in keeping with Swiss traditional haute horlogerie techniques.
Thanks to an unprecedented complication – universal calculation of sunrise and sunset times -, Everywhere invites you to look skyward and contemplate the movement of the sun, one of the foundations of the notion of time.