Thomas Ninchritz has outdone himself again. Just when we thought that this watch could not be more interesting, Thomas went to work adding a new complication.
The Vice Versa Series II watches now feature a small sweep seconds on the back of the watch (which is really the front of the watch - more on that later).
The Vice Versa II reverses the way a mechanical watch works and displays, and you will read further down about this technique. In the original series of the Vice Versa watch, there were no visible moving parts on the back of the dial - just the front.
By adding a small seconds hand to the back, Thomas has not only created a watch that shows time "reversed", but also created a watch that has moving timekeeping indications on both sides of the dial.
The picture of the back of this watch above is from the Vice Versa I which did not have this second hand on the back. We are in the process of retaking the picture of the Vice Versa II to show you exactly how the back now looks and how interesting this watch has become.
This watch is a showstopper, and will most likely be the most unusual and interesting watch that you will own.
The Vice Versa II Rhodium takes its name from a movement that has been completely inverted. Thomas knows that many people who enjoy mechanical watches also enjoy viewing them from the back - after all, that's where all the "good stuff" is located. We've even known some of our clients who wear their watches upside down for this very reason.
To create the Vice Versa II Rhodium, Thomas began making his movement modifications so that the dial could be located on the back of the watch (which is now the front). If this sounds confusing, expand the picture to the right and you'll notice that the dial and hands are located in the lower left of the watch, and the winding gears, balance cock, swan neck regulator and balance are also clearly visible.
We must admit that watch is the most fun to wind of any we have carried, since it is possible to see all of the movement functions and time display on one side.
What is normally the dial side of the watch is actually the back of this watch (remember the name is Vice Versa), and Thomas Ninchritz has elaborately decorated the dial plates and other components.
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. Please note that the picture above shows a No 1 engraved on the back - this is a stock photograph from the first piece in the series which has now been sold.
Thomas Ninchritz lives in Nuremberg, Germany and the Vice Versa II Rhodium features details that you won't find in most other mechanical watches:
- Traditional German 3/4 plate
- Swan neck fine adjustment
- Screwed gold chatons
- Unique Côtes de Genève pattern
- Perlage on inner plates
- Blued screws
- Hand engraved balance cock
- Movement is rhodium plated
- Small seconds on one side of movement
- Primary time on other side of movement
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 Côtes de Genève (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.
The Thomas Ninchritz Vice Versa II Rhodium is a masterpiece.