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 We are the spirit of mechanics. We are the spirit of racing.

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Où l'en apprend plus sur JP Crabbe (pour les anglophiles)

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We are the spirit of mechanics. We are the spirit of racing.
All we do comes from this, and the watches we make are to be worn while doing it
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says Bernard Richards as he pulls the wrist of one of his twelve employees out of a CNC machine he was busy operating.

BRM’s employees wear BRM watches while working; Richards loves to test his products under any kind of extreme conditions, including strapping one on the wrist of a motorcycle world champion as he does his thing.
“Our esprit will never change; we are not a trend,” he says.
Indeed, Bernard Richards’s style is something that has developed through his interest for mechanical objects on wheels, and it is a niche style that has generated a great deal of attention, especially among men.
Richards is a self-proclaimed fan of motor racing, both automobiles and motorcycles, with the mechanical aspects rising to the forefront of his designing. All of the objects he creates have this mode of expression in mind, and the mechanical feel to them and their movements is obvious. It is a masculine, machined look that Richards takes great pains to achieve.

Richards is a designer still unknown to many. He has spent the last thirty years designing and manufacturing objects for other, well-known names. These objects have naturally included watch-related accessories, as his parents had been involved in the watch industry, owning an assembly firm that once employed as many as thirty-two people. This small firm closed in 1980, one of the many victims of the quartz boom.
Four and a half years ago Richards decided to live his dream and create products under his own name with his own design. The first of these products was, naturally, a watch. Distinctively mechanical in design, his early range brought forth models such as V8, V14, GP44, and V9. Late 2005 saw the debut of the limited edition SCR Racing Skeleton featuring distinctive carbon fiber inlays on a 50mm case and retailing for $16,350.

Missing movement

But Richards still wanted more. He wanted independence, and he wanted products to reflect what he felt in his soul.
“A new dimension for our company—a true French movement like there hasn’t been for the last thirty years.”
Fortunately for Richards, he has been able to explore a business relationship with a talented, modest, and experienced watchmaker, Jean-Paul Crabbe, a man who spent eighteen years in the complication atelier of one of the world’s best Swiss manufactures.
Crabbe is French, and upon returning to his homeland he had an elaborate agenda for restoring the art of French watchmaking. Thirty months ago, he and Richards began cooking up the idea of an autonomous movement, one that satisfied Richards’s idea of harmonious, machine-like design and one that also satisfied Crabbe and Richards’s united idea of really making something new and not just copying parts that ETA had reliably been using for decades.
The result is a new movement that cannot be said to exist in any form at the moment. The as-yet unnamed caliber, known internally simply as “Project Birotor,” will, however, only be fitted into one single rectangular timepiece that is limited to one hundred per year.
At the moment, Richards and Crabbe have four working prototypes, which have been diligently tested for the last eight months. Richards hopes to be able to present a completed mechanism next month at BaselWorld 2006, but if the movement does not meet his expectations by then, he simply will not yet officially present it.
“We are in no rush,” he explains. “Luxury is not about hurrying.
It’s easy to just copy ETA, but we are doing something completely different here and it takes time.”
Though Richards is loathe to reveal all of the special characteristics of the Birotor Project until it is officially presented, he does disclose the fact that all of the materials used are new in some way and can hopefully be revealed extensively at BaselWorld. The reason the project is named “Birotor” is because the mechanism has two rotors driving its automatic winding. These two rotors are placed at approximately 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock and comprise seven arms, each with round tantalum weights at the end. The insides of the heavy tantalum circles are filled with aluminum, a lightweight substance utilized to maintain balance.
Another eye-catching element is formed by the four carbon fiber components located in each of the four corners of the movement.

Richards calls them the “isolastic” components and likens them to the shock absorbers found in the engine of a motorcycle. Not only do these parts move like a shock absorber to fulfill this function, but they also hold the movement in place within the case. Their shape is inspired by the wheelbase found on Formula 1 racing vehicles.
Though Richards is dependent upon suppliers for parts like the balance spring, this has not deterred him from creating a new balance to go along with it. This new 8mm balance is also created in a high-tech material fit for a racing vehicle: aluminum.

And that’s not all

Richards is a prolifically creative guy, and even though he is currently working on such a major breakthrough, his creativity does not stop there. He will present two models next month in Basel.

Continuing in the “double” theme, model WL is outfitted with two small automatic ETA 2671 movements, one to the left and one to the right, making the face of this timepiece look eerily similar to a set of dashboard displays and allowing the wearer access to two time zones (each adjustable by individual crown). The small size of the dials, mirroring the size of the movements that are visible by flipping over the watch, leaves plenty of room in the upper and lower thirds to peer through both sapphire crystals and increase the dashboard illusion.
Taking this thought a step further, Richards has also created a stunningly clever evolution of the WL. By flipping one of the dial-movement combinations front to back, he has basically created the reversible watch, with one dial and one automatic movement visible on each side. The dials are each decorated differently, and one side of the crocodile leather strap matches each dial. Just like its non-reversible counterpart, one dial is black with orange elements and yellow hands, while the other dial is black with white elements and red hands.
These two models housed in 46mm stainless steel cases are accompanied by a third model in the same case, one that really does justice to the WL (wheel) dubbing of this line. This three-handed watch is decorated exactly as a wheel found on a fast car. It has a brushed stainless steel dial, red hands, and a black leather strap with red stitching.

Ultimate engine block

Richards has also created the ultimate engine block for the wrist. Looking for all the world like a mechanism found underneath any hood, the MT automatic chronograph models are housed in a large bipartite case made of grade 2 titanium measuring a whopping 51mm by 49mm.

While the size is not so uncommon in this era of gigantic timepieces, the design and manner of manufacturing the case certainly are more than just uncommon. Richards’s timepieces are all housed in cases that take one full day to complete in his Magny-sur-Vexin factory. He does not stamp the cases—in fact he stamps no parts whatsoever. Rather, he cuts them out of blocks on his high-tech CNC machines, then very precisely and carefully works them until they reach the desired shape and finish.
This is no mean feat for titanium— and especially tantalum —materials that are exceptionally hard and time-consuming to work with. The buttons and crowns are made of stainless steel, and the black models are coated with an extra-hard PVD.

The grey titanium model comes with a grey dial with black elements and the black PVD model’s dial is black with white elements. Both are attached by Richards’s specially manufactured screwed-down lugs (one of which takes a full twenty minutes to complete!) to a black leather strap secured with the twelve-part buckle that Richards also makes in the factory and that has become a hallmark on each and every one of his timepieces.
The fast-paced MT chronographs run on the reliable ETA Valjoux Caliber 7753.

Writing instruments, too

As an added bonus, Richards is once again branching into writing instruments.
Only this time he is doing so under his own name. At BaselWorld 2006, visitors to the BRM booth will be treated to the sight of Richards’s robust, machine-oriented, limited-edition SCR 22 fountain pen (fifty pieces) as well as the unlimited ballpoint and fountain pens made of aluminum and black PVD aluminum that enjoy the same amount of attention in the BRM factory as the timepieces.

The barrels and all other metal parts, including the carbon and aluminum fibers, are formed, shaped and worked in the factory. Richards designed the high-tech titanium nib of the SCR 22 and also created the tooling, though he actually has the nib manufactured by a specialist in Germany, to ensure complete writing pleasure. This nib was in development for a complete year before it could be produced.
“Gold is not a material that is good for our company. Our materials need to be high-tech to harmonize with our concept,” explains Richards. (For the record, nibs of fine writing instruments are generally made of gold or stainless steel.)
There are no plastic parts on Richards’s pens, and all metal parts have been milled from a solid block of material in the BRM factory. And also in line with the watches, each pen will have its own serial and/or limitation number.

Exclusive production

Richards does not plan on ever making more than 2,000 watches per year even if demand should rise above that.
“Our clients don’t mind waiting for their BRMs,” he reports. “This is not mass production; our products are not made in that spirit. If it were only about business or money, I would not be interested. Our clients like our spirit. You see us as we are.”

He explains that he is glad to have stepped out from behind the curtain to reveal his own face to the watch-buying public.
“For me it has never been and never will be about money,” says the 47-year-old self-taught designer. “It’s a real thrill for me to see my name and my products in the windows of some of the best retail shops in the world.”
And seven of these exclusive shops are in the United States, thanks to a man whom Richards refers to as “an integral part of the BRM family.” Frédéric Gasser founded the U.S. subsidiary of BRM in Dallas a short twenty months ago. Sales through the above-mentioned doors, and at Neiman Marcus, account for an ample amount of BRM’s worldwide sales.
“It’s a story of passion more than anything,” says Gasser, who stumbled upon Richards and his products by seeing a story on him in a magazine. Gasser reports that the chemistry between the men and the products was “just right” and that it took off from there. “It’s just about passion and emotion,” he says, and continues to check out the new motorbikes scattered around the factory that Richards has acquired since Gasser’s last trip to Magny-sur-Vexin from Texas.
“We do our work for love, not money,” Richards confirms over the sound of the CNC machines that are always audible in the background.

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MessageSujet: Re: We are the spirit of mechanics. We are the spirit of racing.   We are the spirit of mechanics. We are the spirit of racing. EmptyLun 20 Nov - 1:36

bravohap bravohap bravohap je sens que Pelle & Brosse risque de perdre son titre envié de "tête de turc" du forum bravohap bravohap bravohap

Crabbe président !!!!


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J'ai lus que le titre, j'en avait déjà assez, si j'ai des envies de meurtres je lirai le reste blackeye.
Si son truc à un rapport avec les belles bagnoles, ont doit pas avoir la meme conception des voitures, j'adore les mécaniques d'excepion dans une voiture, mais si il n'y à pas une carrosserie digne de ce nom par-dessus, ça n'as aucun interet, et la question carosserie pale
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vstie a écrit:
J'ai lus que le titre, j'en avait déjà assez, si j'ai des envies de meurtres je lirai le reste blackeye.

tu as eu tord tu a raté qq chose , en plus je ne sais pas qui a pondu la version "anglaise" mais c'est a pisser de rire pour quelqu'un qui maitrise un peu la langue jocolor .....

les communiqués de presse, c'est généralement assez gratiné dans le monde de l'horlogerie, mais la on atteint un sommet a mon avis difficilement égalable, surtout si il est destiné a des lecteurs anglophones .... car dans la pub, ou on a les moyens de se payer un traducteur compétent ... ou on s'abstient :lol!:

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BRM pour moi, ça restera toujours ça:

We are the spirit of mechanics. We are the spirit of racing. 2n9ail0
source: http://www.autocult.com.au

1963 Monaco, Stirling Moss

Récupérer, comme par hasard, les initiales de la British Racing Motors pour des monstres inspirées de la course automobile ..., ça me gerce au plus haut point What the fuck ?!?

Bon, restons positifs... c'est un mouvement peu commun :lol!:

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les salariés de BRM portent tous une montre BRM au boulot. ZAN ONT DE LA chance!
mais on ne dit pas s'il doivent la rendre le soir
J'espère que c'est pareil pour les salariés de chez PP : l'un un chrono 5970, au poignet, l'autre une 5959, un 3 ème une worldtime, un autre encore une répétition minutes! Et y parait qu'ils ont du mal à recruter chez les Hevètes.
C'est vraiment prendre l'HELVETIE pour une LANTERNE!
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@mnementh a écrit:
BRM pour moi, ça restera toujours ça:

What the fuck ?!?

Bon, restons positifs... c'est un mouvement peu commun :lol!:

Å

C'est vraie que quand on vois ça et qu'ils disent faire des montres en rapport aux automobiles de sport, sa soulève encore plus le coeur Pleure 2
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@mnementh a écrit:
BRM pour moi, ça restera toujours ça:

1963 Monaco, Stirling Moss

Récupérer, comme par hasard, les initiales de la British Racing Motors pour des monstres inspirées de la course automobile ..., ça me gerce au plus haut point What the fuck ?!? Å

Tres curieusement, quand on va sur le site de B.R.M. - les montres (oui, j'avoue que j'ai comis ce péché), on it sur la page d'accueil:

Bernard Richards Manufacture n'est pas associé à Rubery Owen Holdings Limited

Rubery Oweb est la société héritière de l'écurie automobile BRM - la vraie

ça sentirait la décision de justice ce communiqué que ça ne m'étonneriat pas, tant il y a vraiment abus sur le nom et une volonté particuliere d'associer la jeune et quelque peu bas-de gamme marque de montres BRM avec l'ancienne et prestigieuse écurie
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Allez un petit HS histoire de voir des belle choses dans ce post

voici une VRAIE BRM

We are the spirit of mechanics. We are the spirit of racing. BRM-Owen-Organisation-Green-rc-fa-lr

Ha les voitures (et motos) anglaises .....

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Merci JM, ça c'est de la belle vraie mécanique, c'est vraie qui était fort ces Anglais Impec
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vstie a écrit:
Merci JM, ça c'est de la belle vraie mécanique, c'est vraie qui était fort ces Anglais Impec

ils sont toujours tres fort en mécanique auto et moto !!!
qui dit F1 dit angleterre, (a l'exception près de Ferrari mais qui a aussi des sous traitants anglais) qui dit CART (championnat américain) dit aussi angleterre (quasiment toutes les voitures du championnat CART sont made in UK) .... et Aston, Caterham, Lotus, Land Rover .... pour les voitures ou Triumph pour les motos c'est du mou de veau ???

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T'as parfaitemant raison, je raisonnais plus modèles de série, et vue que tout les constructeurs Anglais appartiennent à des gros groupe étrangé, ça à perdue de son ame.
Lotus nous refait quand meme depuis les début de l'élise des vraie voiture à la Chapman Impec (que du bohneur), et Aston à retrouvé des design tout à fait exceptionel, par contre j'suis décut des dernières Bentley qui sont des Teutonnes amélioré, quand tu monte dans une Arnage c'est un autre monde qu'une Continental.
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L'inconvénient pour les employés qui doivent porter une BRM au boulot c'est qu'ils ne peuvent travailler que d'une main.
Ça complique un peu le boulot.
Donc, les montres sont plus grosses.
Et donc ils ne peuvent en produire que 2000 par an.

Tout s'explique...

I don't want that
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BRM est une entreprise française, et si grâce à ces "belles mécaniques", elle exporte et fait pencher la balance dans le bon sens..., eh bien, moi çà me va bien...
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Elle ne fait pas pencher la balance dans le bon sens du tout! Sauf si on calcul au kilo...
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hé ben, ça nous rajeunit pas ces petites F1 des sixties
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