This watch is called the Vice Versa II Rose Gold because Thomas Ninchritz uses rose gold to finish the movement rather than rhodium as used in the original Vice Versa.
This watch is a showstopper, and will most likely be the most unusual and interesting watch that you will own.
The Vice Versa II 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, 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 II), 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.
Thomas Ninchritz watches are handcrafted in Nuremberg, Germany and the Vice Versa 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 rose gold 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 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 is a masterpiece.