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York Manufakturwerk
A Master Clockwork
Manual winding movement with perpetual calendar and retrograde date

York Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, the creative director of his watch manufacturer Schaumburg Watch, has a very special announcement. This comes just in time for the MUNICHTIME 2010, the trade fair for watch enthusiasts in the Munich hotel Bayerischer Hof: In mid-2011, the Schaumburg Watch brand YORK will have its own manufacture movement. The prototype of the YORK calibre SWY-10 (presented at MUNICHTIME) has an exclusive manual winding movement with a perpetual calendar and retrograde date. For watch enthusiasts that prefer to do without technically intricate additional functions, a three-hand model with subsidiary second at 6h is also being launched. Both models of the new movement have a display of the power reserve on the back.

The movement itself offers a great many technological delights: for the balance wheel, a Glucydur balance wheel – referred to as a screw balance – with a screw fine adjustment is used. Instead of a customary Swiss anchor escapement, a very special dry escapement is used as the clock generator, called DYS: The SWY-10 has a Swiss anchor escapement wheel with an amplitude that is 3% higher. This enables higher efficiency and a higher torque as the driving power. A further appealing detail: the anchor itself and the escapement wheel are made of silicium instead of steel. Thanks to its higher efficiency, the movement with a diameter of 36 mm (16 lines) and a thickness of 7.73 mm has a remarkable power reserve of 72 hours. This makes it possible for you to take your YORK watch off for the entire weekend without re-setting it and wear your sport watch or your tourbillon, depending on your activity. During the week, your durable and robust YORK movement once again comes into operation.

About York
Watch passion out of tradition
YORK watches unite the history of the Princedom Schaumburg-Lippe and the traditional watchmaking handcraft of the watch manufacturer Schaumburg Watch. Since 1998, wilful and remarkable chronometers and chronographs have been developed in a small town in the Schaumburg Land, known for its architectural style Weser Renaissance. The small manufacturer defies quantitative classifications such as production figures or the product range’s size. Its ambitions are simple: highest quality at any cost. Watches from Schaumburg Watch have the reputation of being unique and are recognised as a true insider tip among watch lovers.

As the commander-in-chief of the allied British and Portuguese troops in the so-called “Fantastic War” (Guerra Fantástica) in 1762, Count William of Schaumburg-Lippe warded off an invasion of Spanish troops, thus preserving the Portuguese independence. He established a war and artillery school and reformed the Portuguese army. Inspired by the fortress Wilhelmstein near Hanover, he had the Fort de Nossa Senhora da Graça built in the style of the French builder Vauban. In honour of Count William, the King called the fort “Fort de Lippe”, which is now paid homage to by a line of watches as the namesake of this fortress. These watches from the descendent York Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe are rich in tradition, each having its own history.

York Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, the creative director of his watch manufacturer Schaumburg Watch, is responsible for the venerable brand YORK. Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe is presenting the line of watches Fort de Lippe with a model in 18k rose gold at the beginning of November at the MUNICHTIME, after which all information will be available on the website This line of watches pays homage to Count William of Schaumburg-Lippe and the rich tradition of watchmaking: perfectly designed elegance and the aspiration for flawless craftsmanship.

The gold case bestows the watch with a classical appeal and the attention to detail is expressed not only by the hands and the clasp. The dial is coated with ceramic baking enamel. This ceramic decoration emphasises the simple elegance of a remarkable wristwatch. Intricately handcrafted over several days, the movement is produced, engraved, and skeletonised. The qualities of this watch result from craftsmanship that has become rare, making each a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with tradition.

Click here to download the York 2010 Brochure (7 Mb).
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