Nearly one million years ago a large planetary body was careening towards Earth at an extreme rate of speed. Impact occurred in what is now Northern Scandinavia, and the resulting meteorite was first discovered in 1906 in a small town on the Muonio River in extreme northern Sweden.
Known as the Muonionalusta meteorite, it is the oldest meteorite ever discovered and renowned for its exceptional Widmansttten pattern.
This pattern is found exclusively in octahedrite iron meteorites, and creates a interwoven crystalline pattern formed when overlapping bands of metal cool at super-slow speeds (the process takes millions of years).
The presence of this pattern provides proof that the material in question is of extraterrestrial origin, and it is the same pattern that you will find featured on the Meteorit from Thomas Ninchritz.
The Meteorit is a watch that is perfectly well suited for everyday wear and an excellent conversation piece. The polished case and silver hands ensure that it will look great with formal, business or casual attire and the applied silver indices create a sense of added depth and dimension that accentuate the dial in a way that must be seen to truly appreciate.
Although Thomas typically includes a sub-second dial, it was intentionally removed from this design to showcase the beautiful dial. This watch features a power reserve of 46 hours when fully wound.
Case is in stainless steel and is polished by hand. Black calf leather strap which is attached by screws and features an engraved tang buckle.
Thomas Ninchritz lives in Nuremberg, Germany and the Meteorit features details that you won't find in most other mechanical watches:
- Traditional Glashutte German 3/4 plate
- Swan neck fine adjustment
- Screwed gold chatons
- Unique Cotes de Geneve pattern
- Perlage on inner plates
- Blued screws
- Hand engraved balance cock
- Movement is rhodium plated
It is important to note that Thomas completely finishes and decorates this movement by hand. The process of engraving the balance cock alone can take up to one day, and his attention to detail is immediately noticed on this watch.
We'd also like to point out something we've never seen on a mechanical watch. You may be familiar with the process of Cotes de Genve (Geneva stripes) where the watchmaker typically applies vertical patterns to decorate the movement plates. Thomas has developed his own technique where the patterns are actually circular as can be seen from the photograph above.
The result is quite unique and striking.