« There is no greater than Maximus »
Maximus is a surname and superlative adjective, derived from the Latin Magnus, which means “great”, and Maximus therefore means “the greatest”.
No other name could be better suited than “MAXIMUS” to designate this exceptional model of KERBEDANZ; the precision of the mechanical movement is ensured by the largest “tourbillon” for wristwatch of the world.
In ancient Rome, the title of “Maximus” was given to the high priest at the head of the College of Pontiffs. The Pontiffs were priests united in a college, charged with the establishment of the calendar of the good and bad days in the heart of the Roman public religion, consecrating the edifices and naming the other priests. This title was then systematically awarded to all Roman emperors during the imperial period following the reign of Augustus.
As a result, “Maximus” had become the key title for expressing greatness in all its splendor. And Circus Maximus, a Roman monument, the most gigantic known at that time, became the expression of this greatness. This is the largest arena in Roman antiquity, known as the «Circus Maximus “, located between the Palatine and the Aventine. Mainly intended for horse or chariot races, Circus Maximus was built at the beginning of the 6th century BC by the Etruscan king Tarquin the Elder.
Originally, the dimensions of the arena were 370 meters long by 83 wide. Subsequently, it was enlarged successively by Cesar, Claudius and Nero, then by Caracalla and Aurelian, so that in the 4th century AD the track was 621 meters long by 118 wide and it is estimated that more than 150 ‘000 spectators could take their seats. The Circus Maximus remains to this day the largest sports arena that the world has known.
During Roman Antiquity the terms Magnus and Maximus were also used as names or forenames by the Romans or the populations integrated into the Roman Empire. Thus, under the name of Magnus Maximus or Maximus, a Gallo-Roman military leader of the 4th century was proclaimed “Augustus” (that is to say, Emperor) by his troops, Took possession of Gaul and Spain, and finally took Rome in 387.
Caliber KRB-08 Giant center flying tourbillon with in-line pallets, cage diameter of 27mm, rotating every 6 minutes.
Hand-wound mechanical movement, designed, manufactured and decorated by KERBEDANZ. Balance wheel and spiral specifically developed for this caliber. 34 jewels, 18,000 vibration per hour (2.5Hz),
4 barrels in parallel, leading a central wheel mounted on a ball bearing, providing the torque needed to power a tourbillon of such a dimension. More than 54 hours of power reserve with indicator.
A total of 415 components, the tourbillon cage, entirely made of titanium, comprising 73 components and a weight of 1.35g. Diameter of the movement 40mm. Height of movement without cage 8.35mm, with cage 13.2mm.
The tourbillon rotates the regulating unit of the watch by varying the positions of the latter in order to compensate for errors due to the influence of gravity, the non-concentric development of the balance spring and the point of attachment to the collet.
This spectacular dimension makes it possible to see and understand the functioning of the tourbillon.
The skills are: the design and manufacture of the spiral, the regulator-assembly with fine adjustment screws, as well as that of the balance wheel
Haute Horlogerie decoration with polished chamfering, drawing of the sides of the pieces, circular wheels, mirror polished screws.
Hours, minutes, tourbillon 6 minutes, power reserve indicator
Titanium or Gold 18 carats, diameter 49 mm. Design and manufactured by KERBEDANZ. Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective coating. Water-resistant to 3 atmospheres (30 meters), crown for setting to the time, at northeast at 2:00 and winding centralized by the bottom of the box.
Massive gold. Designed, manufactured and hand decorated by Kerbedanz.
Alligator mississippiensis with 18 carats gold double folding clasp with a special Kerbedanz design.
Reserved for the highest-end watch models, the chamfering is a finishing technique of the watch movement aiming to remove edges present between the surface and the sides of the piece and form a polished and inclined at 45° degrees chamfer.
This step in the manufacture of a watch is handmade by master decorators. With the chamfering technique unsightly details are eliminated and the parts of the movement are magnified. This operation, better then necessary, has the advantage of limiting the erosion of parts.
The human touch, the science of repetitive and regular dosage, make sure the gesture of the craftsman-polisher, an art in its own, typical and specifically related to Swiss watchmakers know-how.
The surface is perfectly polished, but it is not sharpened…
The surface is always polished in the same direction using a coarse grain…
The surface is polished and sharpened by a fine felt and polishing paste appropriate to the material.
Locked polishing, named “blocage”
Purely inspired by aesthetic intentions, this method of polishing offers the advantage of an excellent flatness.