Patents Examined by Kevin Andrew Johnston
  • Patent number: 12013663
    Abstract: A rigid horological component (6, 7, 8) for an oscillator mechanism or for an escapement mechanism of a horological movement, the component extending along a principal plane (P) and including at least a part made of a composite material (1), the composite material (1) including a matrix (2) and a multitude of nanotubes or nanowires (3) distributed in the matrix (2), the nanotubes or nanowires (3) being juxtaposed and disposed substantially parallel with an axis (A) substantially perpendicular to the plane (P) of the component, the matrix (2) includes a rigid material (4) to fill the interstices and join the nanotubes or nanowires (3) to one another, the material (4) having rigid mechanical properties to block the elastic deformation of the component, the rigid material (4) comprised in the component having a Young's modulus greater than 2 GPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: NIVAROX-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Cusin, Christian Charbon
  • Patent number: 12007716
    Abstract: A flexible timepiece component, in particular for an oscillator mechanism or for a barrel of a horological movement, the component extending along a main plane (P) and including at least a part made of a composite material (1), the composite material (1) including a matrix (2) and a multitude of nanowires (3) distributed in the matrix (2), the nanowires (3) being juxtaposed, the matrix (2) including a material (4) for filling the interstices between the nanowires (3) to join them to each other, each nanowire (3) forming a solid one-piece tube, the nanowires (3) being disposed substantially parallel to an axis (A) substantially perpendicular to the main plane (P) of the component (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pierre Cusin, Christian Charbon, Alexandre Haemmerli, Lionel Paratte, Matthias Imboden
  • Patent number: 12001170
    Abstract: Display mechanism (10) for a timepiece (1000), with a leap year display integrated in a month display, comprising a control mechanism (3) that drives, once per month, about an axis (D), a month display wheel set (2) arranged underneath a dial (1), having a month window (1C) in a quadrant allowing the display of only one quarter of the month display wheel set (2), which completes one revolution in four years, and bears, on an angular sector of 90°, at least one characteristic leap year marking, and either carries indices, each arranged to indicate one month on a static month scale of the dial (1), or equidistant month markings, wherein one of the month markings is pointed to by a fixed mark of the dial (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: GLASHÜTTER Uhrenbetrieb GmbH
    Inventor: Tony Braun
  • Patent number: 11998830
    Abstract: A swimming timer including a fluid container, a fluid channel, a fluid sensor, a control circuit board and a display device. The fluid channel is connected to the fluid container and the fluid sensor, and the control circuit board is wired with the fluid sensor and the display device. The fluid container is installed and mounted on a side-wall of a swimming lane. When a swimmer starts, turns and stops, the fluid container will be touched and compressed forcing the fluid inside to flow into the fluid channel. The fluid sensor detects the fluid flow and generates electronic signals accordingly for the control circuit board and the built-in timing and stopwatch program to use as the input commands of start, lap and stop to compute the swimming time and the number of swimming laps. The display device is to show the results for the swimmer reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Wen-Shen Ko, Chih-Han Ko, Wang-Hsiang Ko
  • Patent number: 11994828
    Abstract: A watch (1) with a mechanical movement with force control mechanism, and of the jumping seconds type. The mechanism is disposed in a finishing train of the mechanical movement between an energy source and an escape wheel set (11) linked to an oscillator (14) in oscillation to drive the escape wheel set in the same direction of rotation. The escape wheel set meshes with a seconds wheel (2). A rotary locking element (7) is arranged to cooperate with a stop member (3) mechanically linked to the accumulation seconds wheel to lock in a stop mode or release in a jump mode the finishing train according to the angular position of the seconds wheel. A stop member spring (4) rotates the accumulation fixed seconds wheel and the escapement mechanism linked to the oscillator at each half oscillation of the oscillator in stop mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 11988993
    Abstract: Disclosed is an escapement mechanism (1) for a timepiece, designed to cooperate with an oscillator arranged to carry out oscillations, said mechanism (1) comprising:—a count wheel (7) arranged for step-wise forward rotation depending on the oscillations of the oscillator;—an impulse wheel (11) designed to be kinematically linked to a power source, said impulse wheel (11) being arranged to be periodically blocked and released under the control of the count wheel (7) and to supply impulses to the oscillator, characterized in that:—when said escapement mechanism (1) is operating, the count wheel (7) is continuously subjected to a torque;—and the count wheel (7) is arranged to rotate forward by one half-step of its toothing for every vibration of the oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignees: COMPLITIME SA, GFPI SA
    Inventors: Stephen Forsey, Robert Greubel, Fabrice Deschanel, Christophe Zwahlen, Florian Corneille
  • Patent number: 11934150
    Abstract: A horological movement includes a resonator and an escapement wheel with flexible teeth, and an anchor formed of two mechanical pallets capable of abutting, when the anchor switches between its two rest positions, with any one of the flexible teeth depending on the angular position of the escapement wheel. Each flexible tooth is arranged to bend by undergoing an elastic deformation under a radial force that can be exerted by one of the two mechanical pallets abutting against this flexible tooth while the escapement wheel has an unfavourable angular position and the resonator is braked by the anchor. Each tooth has an elastic capacity to elastically absorb, in a radial direction, most of a maximum mechanical energy that the mechanical resonator may have during normal operation of the horological movement, to avoid breakage or deterioration of the escapement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Gérard Surmely, Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 11927916
    Abstract: For example, an escape gear wheel part as a watch component includes a base member including a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the base member being mainly composed of silicon, and a light reflecting layer provided at the first surface of the base member, the light reflecting layer having a three-layer structure in which a first silicon oxide layer, a silicon layer, and a second silicon oxide layer are layered in this order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Miyashita
  • Patent number: 11927918
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanism for displaying an information for a timepiece, comprising a mobile (10) intended to be driven in rotation by the movement of the timepiece about a display axis (17), a satellite (20) pivoted on the mobile (10) about a satellite axis (27) parallel to the display axis (17) and remote from a non-zero distance d1 thereof, a display area (80), an indicator (50) secured to the satellite (20) and the position of which relative to the display area (80) provides the information, and a crown (30) centered on the display axis (17) and kinematically connected to the satellite (20). The mechanism is particular in that the indicator (50) is located at a distance d2 from the satellite axis (27), which is greater than or equal to the distance d1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Manufacture D'Horlogerie Audemars Piguet SA
    Inventors: Gilles Rey-Mermet, Sylvain Cornibé
  • Patent number: 11927917
    Abstract: The horological movement includes a mechanical resonator and an escapement including an escapement wheel, which has a plurality of teeth, and an anchor formed by a stick and two arms having respectively two mechanical pallets likely to come into contact, when the anchor is subject to an alternative movement, with any of the teeth according to the angular position of the escapement wheel. To avoid damage to the escapement during rocking of the anchor while the escapement wheel is positioned in an unfavourable angular position, the anchor is arranged, during the rocking of this anchor, to be able to bend being subjected to an elastic deformation. The anchor has an elastic capacity between each of the two mechanical pallets and a fork of the anchor, enabling it to absorb elastically, during the elastic deformation, a maximum mechanical energy that the mechanical resonator can have during the normal functioning of the horological movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Dominique Lechot, Marc Stranczl, Benoît Légeret
  • Patent number: 11927920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a case including a first compartment capable of accommodating a first device, possibly associated with a first display, the first compartment being delimited by at least a first wall delimiting a first opening and a first bottom integral with or capable of being fixed to the first wall. The case includes a second compartment which is removable with respect to the first compartment and which is delimited by at least one second wall and a second bottom which is integral with or capable of being fixed to the second wall and which extends along or parallel to a plane forming an obtuse angle with an extension plane of the first wall and/or the first bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: IMERIUM SÀRL
    Inventor: Bernard Schenk
  • Patent number: 11921465
    Abstract: An electronic watch including an exterior case including an opening, a crystal disposed in the opening, an hour hand and a minute hand that indicate the time of day, a dial including an indicium, a pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure, and a controller configured to determine a water depth based on the output from the pressure sensor, indicate the water depth with the hour hand, and indicate an elapsed time with the minute hand, the elapsed time being time elapsed after the predetermined water depth value is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshinori Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11921461
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elastic retaining member (1) for fixing a timepiece component (2) on a support element (3), comprising an opening (5) into which said support element (3) can be inserted, the retaining member (1) comprising rigid arms (6) and elastic arms (7) defined between connection areas (9) contributing to ensure elastic clamping of the support element (3) in the opening (5) each rigid arm (6) being provided with two flat contact areas (8) of the retaining member (1) able to cooperate with corresponding convex contact portions (10) of the support element (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Nivarox—FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Ivan Hernandez, Pierre Cusin
  • Patent number: 11921462
    Abstract: Timepiece calendar device (100) including a first display disk (1) for displaying dates having a first face (11) bearing date indications (10) and mobile about an axis (A), and a second display disk (2) for displaying days having a second face (21) bearing day indications (20) and mobile about the axis (A), the first and second disks being such that the first and second faces are coplanar, the second face being disposed around the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Elvis Caron
  • Patent number: 11914327
    Abstract: A timepiece indexing element (10), coaxially cooperating with a component (20) including an indexing relief (30), including indexing parts (13) cooperating with this indexing relief (30) for their relative indexing in a plurality of indexing positions, and carried by first elastic arms (14) each including a first indexing surface (15), each first elastic arm (14) being arranged to exert a pushing force that is substantially radial relative to this component (20), and this indexing element (10) includes at least a first bearing surface (11) arranged, in the free state in a service position, to remain at a distance from a second complementary bearing surface (21) that a component (20) includes, and in the event of impact, to cooperate in abutment and/or guide bearing with the second complementary bearing surface (21), each first bearing surface (11) being carried by a second elastic bearing arm (40) cantilevered in the indexing element (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventor: Julien Saglini
  • Patent number: 11906930
    Abstract: An elastic retaining member for fixing a timepiece component on a support element includes an opening into which the support element can be inserted, and rigid arms and elastic arms defined between connection areas of the member. The rigid arms and the elastic arms are configured to ensure elastic clamping of the support element in the opening, each of the rigid arms being provided with a single flat contact area and configured to cooperate with a corresponding convex contact portion of the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Ivan Hernandez, Pierre Cusin
  • Patent number: 11906929
    Abstract: A detent escapement includes an escape wheel with teeth regularly spaced along a perimeter and a balance having an impulse pallet and receiving driving impulses via the teeth, the balance performing an alternation during which it receives a driving impulse and an alternation without a driving impulse, the detent escapement also including a hook pivotally mounted on the balance and held bearing by an elastic member against an abutment, the detent escapement including a pivotable detent which includes a first arm which collaborates with the escape wheel to block the latter before the start of the driving impulse, as well as a second arm to allow the escape wheel to disengage from its engagement with the first arm at the start of the driving impulse, and which limits the pivoting of this detent to only part of the oscillation of the balance, the detent being configured to again block the escape wheel after the latter has finished providing the driving impulse to the impulse pallet of the balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Zaugg, Jérôme Macé, Benoît Légeret
  • Patent number: 11899403
    Abstract: A method (P1) for coding a solar time, called the initial solar time (Hs1), associated with a geographical location (Loc) and with a day (J1) of the year, wherein the method includes selecting SEL(Href, Nb1) a reference time (Href) and an initial number of bits (Nb1) as a function of the type of initial solar time (Hs), computing CALC(Nm1) a number of minutes (Nm1) separating the initial solar time (Hs1) and the reference time (Href), coding COD(Hs1) the number of minutes (Nm1) in the initial number of bits (Nb1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Thierry Bonnet, Jiri Husak
  • Patent number: 11899408
    Abstract: A pointer controller includes at least one processor; and a display that includes a pointer. The at least one processor is configured to control the display so as to display an elapsed time, switching between (i) a first display mode for display of the elapsed time cumulatively by causing, upon resumption of display, movement of the pointer that inherits a previous display time and (ii) a second display mode for display of the elapsed time non-cumulatively by causing, upon resumption of display, movement of the pointer that does not inherit the previous display time. The movement of the pointer controlled by the at least one processor is such that the first display mode and the second display mode differ from each other in a way of movement that indicates how the pointer moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki Ishikawa, Shuto Oikawa, Hitoshi Tanaka, Chiharu Shiratori
  • Patent number: 11899405
    Abstract: An electronic watch includes a driver controlled to be in an ON state in which a drive current is supplied to a coil of a motor and an OFF state in which the drive current is not supplied to the coil, a target current value setter configured to set a target current value in accordance with a drive voltage for driving the motor, and a driver controller configured to compare a detected current value of a current flowing to the coil with the target current value, control the driver to be in the ON state or the OFF state in accordance with a result of the comparison, and switch polarity of the drive current when detecting that an ON time, which is a duration of the ON state of the driver, meets a predetermined condition or an OFF time, which is a duration of the OFF state of the driver, meets a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Tomoki Okuhata