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Cabestan’s Sol Invictus: Solar-Powered Watch or Solar-Powered House?

Cabestan, the same company that brought us the Aliens-inspired Nostromo watch,  has unveiled the Sol Invictus —a $560,000 piece of wrist gadget candy with two solar panels.

Jean-François Ruchonnet, working with Marc Alfieri, placed his spectacular vertical Cabestan movement in the center of the timepiece. Perfectly balanced at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, he added two solar panels mounted in metal frames held in place by cleverly designed pivots. The micromotors and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are positionned to be discretely visible underneath the solar cells. In the middle of the movement, the twin-blade contact and its glass casing, based on the designs of 19th century scientist Léon Foucault, is eminently visible.

Solar-powered watch or solar-powered house? Tough decision…I know.

Product Page ($560,000 via Hodinkee via BornRich)


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