By Winding Means (e.g., Stem) Patents (Class 368/190)
  • Patent number: 11385598
    Abstract: A portable object including a control stem, actuation of which in rotation can control at least one electronic or mechanical function of the portable object, a magnetized ring driven in rotation by the control stem, rotation of the magnetized ring and position of the magnetized ring being detected by two inductive sensors configured to be sensitive to a variation in magnetic induction in only two directions in space that are parallel to each other or that converge on a same point, with exception of a case in which these two directions are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Vittorio Zanesco, Pascal Lagorgette, Pascal Meyer, Damien Schmutz, Raphael Balmer
  • Patent number: 10998151
    Abstract: Disclosed is a push button including: a module that has a fixed contact part which is able to contact and separate from a movable contact part; an elastically deformable dynamic contact member that is supported in a cantilever state with a base part fixed to the module, and that has the movable contact part electrically contactable with the fixed contact part; and an operation receiving member that makes the movable contact part contact the fixed contact part by having one end acting on an acting portion. The movable contact part is arranged out of (i) a line connecting the acting portion and the base part and (ii) an extended line thereof, the dynamic contact member has a first movable part and a second movable part, the acting portion is arranged in the first movable part, and the movable contact part is arranged in the second movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Inaba
  • Patent number: 10915067
    Abstract: A winding device on a structure of a movement or watch case, including a telescopic push-piece, independent of the control stem, driving a rack for winding a barrel, and including, between a pipe fixed to the case and an operating head, first elastic return device tending to move the head away from the pipe, this head being capable of occupying an angular, longitudinal locking position corresponding to a rest position, or an angular position of freedom allowing axial mobility, or a stop position wherein it has one degree of freedom, this rack, which is movable against second elastic return device, cooperates with a winding wheel set meshing with an intermediate rack actuated by a return spring of the second elastic return device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Harry Winston SA
    Inventors: Johnny Buehler, Bernat Monferrer
  • Patent number: 9658602
    Abstract: The watchcase includes a top portion (11) for holding a watchglass (1), a case back (40), and a case middle (10) with a circumferential case wall (12) arranged between the top portion and the case back. The watchcase further includes at least one ring (20), which extends around the case wall (12) and is rotatably arranged with respect to the case wall (12). The at least one ring (20) is arranged such that it accessible from the outside for a manual rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: J.R. INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Julian Von Burg
  • Patent number: 9618980
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a body, and an input part on a side of the body, the input part having a changeable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun-Gyu Choi
  • Patent number: 9588494
    Abstract: A holding and indexing device for integration in a setting device of timepieces, including a fixedly-attached bushing, an axially-displaceable and rotatable shaft mounted within the bushing, a transmission element attached to the shaft end directed into the interior of the timepiece and allowing the drive of a timepiece part in the interior, and a resilient element exerting a preload force in the axial direction of the shaft. The device additionally includes an indexing ring attached to the shaft in an axially-sliding manner and having an indexing toothing. The transmission element, on a side face directed towards the ring, includes a side toothing engaged with the indexing toothing due to the force of the resilient element. In at least one direction of rotation of the shaft, applying force onto the indexing ring causes disengagement of the indexing and side toothings, thus allowing a position indexing of the timepiece part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Speichinger
  • Patent number: 9285775
    Abstract: A mechanism for correcting a device for displaying time information is described. The display device includes a first display member for displaying current time information and a second display member for displaying stored time information, notably a second display member of the retrograde type. The mechanism includes an isolating device for isolating the first and second display members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain Graemiger, Marco La China
  • Patent number: 9176476
    Abstract: Autonomous control mechanism (100) for a movement, comprising a control stem (10) moveable relative to a bar (80) between stable stem positions, for controlling the pivoting, in each of said positions, of a single control train of the control trains of said mechanism (100). It includes, on a first side (81) of said bar (80), a first control train (810), and on a second side (82) opposite said bar (80), a second control train (820). Every stable position of the control stem (10) drives a stable position of a pull-out piece (20) fitted to one of said sides and moveable relative to a boss (210) of said bar (80). In said stable pull-out piece position, any movement applied to the control stem (10) causes the pivoting movement, of either a single first control train (810), or a single second control train (820).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventors: Raphael Loeffel, Ivan Villar, Marco Bettelini
  • Patent number: 8982674
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for correcting a time indication given by a display mechanism for a timepiece of the type comprising a first display member, comprising: a winding stem arranged to occupy at least one time indication correction position A, a pinion coupled in rotation to the winding stem, a correction motion transfer connected kinematically to the pinion when the stem is occupying the correction position A, and a correction wheel assembly engaging with the display member and operated by the correction motion transfer. According to the invention, the correction motion transfer is formed by a ring having an internal circumference and an external circumference, at least one of which is provided with teeth meshing at least indirectly with said correction wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Salvatore Dettori
  • Patent number: 8888359
    Abstract: A timepiece movement including a time-setting stem which is moveable longitudinally and in rotation along a stem axis in a bottom plate, the movement including at least one display control mechanism which includes at least one counter, an arbour of which pivots about a pivot axis. The axis is secant with the stem axis, and pivots in a first jewel, a first external shoulder of which is driven into the bottom plate, and a second external shoulder of which pivotally guides the bore of an intermediate time-setting wheel controllable via the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogére Suisse
    Inventors: Thierry Altenhoven, Marco Bettelini
  • Patent number: 8834017
    Abstract: A corrector (1) for a function indicator (20) for a movement (100) including: a first control mechanism (30) for a first function, in a let down (31) or wound (32) position, a second control mechanism (40) for a second function, in a let down position (41) or release control position (42) followed by a return to the preceding position, and a display indicator (20) for a third function. First mobile part (50) driven by the first control mechanism (30) occupies a letting down (51)/winding (52) position, when the mechanism occupies the let down (31)/wound (32) position. Second mobile part (60) actuating the indicator (20) is driven by the second control mechanism (40) changing into the control position (42) when the first mobile part (50) is in a winding position (52) and cooperates with this latter in the letting down position (51), under the action of return mechanism (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Adrien Farron, Christian Rüfenacht
  • Patent number: 8641269
    Abstract: A mechanism and a timepiece module independent of the bottom plate of a movement, of a simple and compact design. The timepiece mechanism includes a control stem (3) mounted in a pivoting manner and movable between at least two axial positions, a control pinion (11; 13) mounted so as to rotate with the control stem (3), and at least one actuating member (15, 24; 30) configured to engage with the control pinion (11; 13) when the control stem is occupying one of the axial positions. The control pinion (11; 13) is also coupled translationally to the control stem (3) when the latter moves from one to the other of the two positions. The module includes a case (2) containing the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: CT Time S.A.
    Inventors: Frederic Johnny Girardin, Franck-Charles-Cyril Orny, Daniel Martinez
  • Publication number: 20140029391
    Abstract: Timepiece movement (100) comprising a time-setting stem (2) which is moveable longitudinally and in rotation along a stem axis (T) in a bottom plate (3), said movement (100) comprising at least one display control mechanism (200) which includes at least one counter (1), an arbour (4) of which pivots about a pivot axis (D). Said axis (4) is secant with said stem axis (T), and pivots in a first jewel (6), a first external shoulder (61) of which is driven into said bottom plate (3), and a second external shoulder (62) of which pivotally guides the bore (71) of an intermediate time-setting wheel (7) controllable via said stem (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Thierry Altenhoven, Marco Bettelini
  • Publication number: 20130163393
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic timepiece including a rotary switch, a rotation detection unit which detects a rotation of the rotary switch every time the rotary switch rotates for a predetermined rotation angle, a determination unit which determines as a continuous detection when a number of times the rotation detection unit detects the rotation is a predetermined number of times or greater before a preset unit time have elapsed from a detection timing, the predetermined number of times being 2 or more and a control unit which executes a predetermined function when the determination unit determines as the continuous detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130044572
    Abstract: Control mechanism (1) for loading an energy accumulator (20) for a timepiece (100) or a timepiece movement (10) via an intermediate winding mechanism (25), said mechanism (1) comprising a winding button (2) arranged to drive, at least in translation, a winding stem (3) which can occupy at least an initial longitudinal position (T0) for said energy loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Laurent KAELIN, Julien Moulin
  • Patent number: 8328414
    Abstract: This timepiece is provided with a device for the adjustment of functions and time indications comprising a selection control (L) for each time indication which has to be adjusted and a control (T) for adjustment of the said selected time indications. At least the selection control (L) or the indication which has to be adjusted is kinematically linked with a selection cam (C1) comprising a profile corresponding to two states 0, 1, corresponding to a non-selection state and a selection state respectively, the control device comprising means (L1, L2, L3) for connecting the adjustment control (T) to each of the selected time indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain Graemiger, Arnaud Rosenzweig
  • Patent number: 8308345
    Abstract: A device comprises a basic clock movement MB whose time indicators are driven by a first barrel connected to a first wheelwork and a first regulator organ, and an autonomous chronograph module MCA whose indicators are driven by a second barrel independent from the first, connected to a second wheelwork and a second regulator organ. The chronograph module is exclusively composed of mechanical elements. The frequency of oscillation supplied by its regulator is equal N times the frequency of oscillation supplied by the regulator of the base movement, with the coefficient N being definable according to a specific application of the chronograph, so that any chronograph module thus previously defined can work with the same base movement. The chronograph regulator remains constantly engaged with the corresponding wheelwork. The chronograph module allows a time interval to be read with a minimum precision of a hundredth of second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventor: Hugues Jolidon
  • Patent number: 8182138
    Abstract: A device comprises a basic clock movement MB whose time indicators are driven by a first barrel connected to a first wheelwork and a first regulator organ, and an autonomous chronograph module MCA whose indicators are driven by a second barrel independent from the first, connected to a second wheelwork and a second regulator organ. The chronograph module is exclusively composed of mechanical elements. The frequency of oscillation supplied by its regulator is equal N times the frequency of oscillation supplied by the regulator of the base movement, with the coefficient N being definable according to a specific application of the chronograph, so that any chronograph module thus previously defined can work with the same base movement. The chronograph regulator remains constantly engaged with the corresponding wheelwork. The chronograph module allows a time interval to be read with a minimum precision of a hundredth of second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventor: Hughes Jolidon
  • Publication number: 20110235471
    Abstract: An analog timepiece includes a casing, a time displaying device, an electronic device received in the casing, a main control unit (MCU) communicated with the time displaying device and the electronic device for selectively controlling an operation of the time displaying device and sad electronic device and a multi-functional actuator. The multi-function actuator includes an actuator button movably provided on the casing to selectively move between an idle position, a time adjustment position and a triggering position, wherein in the idle position, the actuator button disengages with the MCU to allow normal operation of the electronic device, wherein in the time adjustment position, the actuator button is moved from the idle position to allow adjustment of the time displaying device, and wherein in the triggering position, the actuator is moved to engage with the MCU for triggering an operation of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: BRIGHT AGGREGATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tai Wai LUK, Quang Yin ZENG
  • Publication number: 20110216631
    Abstract: The invention concerns a winding and time-setting control device (100) for a timepiece movement including, connected in rotation, a movement stem (2) secured in rotation to a sliding pinion (8) driven in translation by a lever (52) between winding and time-setting positions, and a control stem (1) sliding between winding and time-setting control positions, actuating a pull-out mechanism (6). It is characterized in that the mechanism (6) includes a first pull-out piece (40) including, about a first axis (A1), an arm (40A) movable with the control stem (1), and a pivot (40B) cooperating with a complementary pivot (60B) of a second pull-out piece (60) driving the lever (52) and including an arm (60A) movable inside a housing (61) in the movement stem (2). The invention also concerns a timepiece incorporating a device (100) of this type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventor: Jan Pittet
  • Patent number: 7980756
    Abstract: This timepiece is provided with a device for the adjustment of functions and time indications comprising a selection control (L) for each time indication which has to be adjusted and a control (T) for adjustment of the said selected time indications. At least the selection control (L) or the indication which has to be adjusted is kinematically linked with a selection cam (C1) comprising a profile corresponding to two states 0, 1, corresponding to a non-selection state and a selection state respectively, the control device comprising means (L1, L2, L3) for connecting the adjustment control (T) to each of the selected time indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain Graemiger, Arnaud Rosenzweig
  • Publication number: 20110141859
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a case with a rotating bezel, time display elements, and a hand-setting mechanism which includes a hand-setting stem housed entirely inside the case and movable between at least a first axial position and a second or hand-setting axial position. Connection elements capable of enabling a kinematic connection to be established between the rotating bezel and the hand-setting stem are provided so that turning the rotating bezel turns the hand-setting stem. The timepiece also includes a lever for external control, which pivots on the case via a connecting stem and which has an end portion movable between at least a first position and a second or hand-setting position. A control mechanism is provided to act on the hand-setting stem and move it from one axial position to the other in response to action on the control lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Giuliano Mazzuoli S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Papi, Giuliano Mazzuoli
  • Patent number: 7957226
    Abstract: A correction device for a timepiece display mechanism, which includes a display member fitted with a toothing of pitch P, includes a pinion provided with a toothing of pitch p, mounted on a winding stem so as to occupy at least one display correcting position A, and a correction wheel mounted between the pinion and the display member. The correction wheel includes a first toothing defined by pitch P, a head diameter D, and a foot diameter d1, formed of teeth including a tip extending substantially angularly, and the tip is cut so as to form a second discontinuous toothing that is coplanar and concentric to the first toothing, defined by pitch p less than the pitch P of the first toothing, a head diameter D equal to the head diameter of the first toothing, and a foot diameter d2 greater than the foot diameter d1 of the first toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Julien Chaignat, Marco Bettelini
  • Publication number: 20110110199
    Abstract: A mechanism and a timepiece module independent of the bottom plate of a movement, of a simple and compact design. The timepiece mechanism includes a control stem (3) mounted in a pivoting manner and movable between at least two axial positions, a control pinion (11; 13) mounted so as to rotate with the control stem (3), and at least one actuating member (15, 24; 30) configured to engage with the control pinion (11; 13) when the control stem is occupying one of the axial positions. The control pinion (11; 13) is also coupled translationally to the control stem (3) when the latter moves from one to the other of the two positions. The module includes a case (2) containing the mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: CT TIME S.A.
    Inventors: Frederic Johnny Girardin, Franck-Charles-Cyril Orny, Daniel Martinez
  • Publication number: 20110069590
    Abstract: Timepiece including indicator members actuated or not actuated by the movement. These indicator members are composed of movable hour marks represented by the faces of the studs (30, 40) mounted on staffs having planet wheels (34) driven by a rack (50). The faces of the studs carry stones of various colours. When the movement operates the rack, it determines the change of the hour marks. When operation by the movement is disengaged, manual control elements allow the hour marks appearing on the dial to be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Hugues Jolidon
  • Patent number: 7905655
    Abstract: A device comprises a basic clock movement MB whose time indicators are driven by a first barrel connected to a first wheelwork and a first regulator organ, and an autonomous chronograph module MCA whose indicators are driven by a second barrel independent from the first, connected to a second wheelwork and a second regulator organ. The chronograph module is exclusively composed of mechanical elements. The frequency of oscillation supplied by its regulator is equal N times the frequency of oscillation supplied by the regulator of the base movement, with the coefficient N being definable according to a specific application of the chronograph, so that any chronograph module thus previously defined can work with the same base movement. The chronograph regulator remains constantly engaged with the corresponding wheelwork. The chronograph module allows a time interval to be read with a minimum precision of a hundredth of second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventor: Hugues Jolidon
  • Patent number: 7862226
    Abstract: The dial (4) of the watch is fitted with an indicator (10), preferably with a hand (11), which displays the function fulfilled by a control crown (8), respectively, in each axial position of the crown, including a highly water resistant position in the case of a screwed-in crown. The indicator is controlled by axial movements of a sleeve (15) secured to the crown, via a transmission mechanism (30) including a slide block (35) that is mobile parallel to an axis of rotation (14) of the crown. The hand is secured to a pinion (32) meshed with a rack (34) arranged on a slide block. The slide block includes a flexible part (38) between a back part that slides in a groove (36), and a front arm (39) provided with a lateral finger (40) engaged in an annular groove of the sleeve. This transmission is compact and facilitates assembly and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Christian Bracher, Raphaël Courvoisier
  • Patent number: 7794138
    Abstract: An operating mechanism of a multifunctional device which can be worn on the wrist and has a housing with integrated electronics. The operating mechanism is integrated into the housing and has an operating element which is a one-piece or multi-piece setting stem. The setting stem partly crosses the housing, and the setting stem is arranged parallel to a planar enlargement of the housing and is rotatably and linearly moveably mounted. The setting stem can be moved linearly parallel to the longitudinal axis and rotatively about the rotational axis/longitudinal axis by a first operating watch button and optionally with a second operating watch button. The movement of the setting stem triggers various contacts on a contact plate, from which contacts electronic signals are sent to the electronics, as a result of which the electronic control of the multifunctional device is effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Beppo Hilfiker
  • Publication number: 20100226215
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for correcting a time indication given by a display mechanism for a timepiece of the type comprising a first display member, comprising: a winding stem arranged to occupy at least one time indication correction position A, a pinion coupled in rotation to the winding stem, a correction motion transfer connected kinematically to the pinion when the stem is occupying the correction position A, and a correction wheel assembly engaging with the display member and operated by the correction motion transfer. According to the invention, the correction motion transfer is formed by a ring having an internal circumference and an external circumference, at least one of which is provided with teeth meshing at least indirectly with said correction wheel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: OMEGA SA
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Salvatore Dettori
  • Patent number: 7780341
    Abstract: A clockwork movement includes at least two control elements which are movable with respect to the frame thereof, are used for interacting with the same external control member in response to the activation thereof and are positioned remotely to each other in the direction of the clockwork movement thickness. The clockwork movement has an intermediate connecting unit which is rotatable about an axis substantially extending in the direction of the clockwork movement thickness, pivotally mounted on the clockwork movement frame element and provided with a reception area which is distant from the axis and exposable to a force produced in response to the control member activation. The intermediate unit also includes at least two contact areas each of which is used for producing a force on the corresponding control element and which are located on both sides of the reception area in the direction of the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignees: Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier S.A., CompliTime S.A.
    Inventors: François Trifoni, Stephen Forsey
  • Patent number: 7731416
    Abstract: During normal use, the time indicator (2) is driven by a mechanism (3) controlled by the gear train (4) of the timepiece. This mechanism is arranged for uncoupling the gear train from the indicator when the time-setting member (1) is actuated, this action causing the indicator to move forward through a step of one hour. The time-setting member includes a push-button (5) which actuates a device (6) that in turn acts on said mechanism (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Compagnie des Montres Longines, Francillon S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Alphonse Bron
  • Patent number: 7654731
    Abstract: According to the invention, the time-setting device (18) of the timepiece includes a time-setting lever (62) which carries a coupling device (64) and the pivoting of which is controlled between an uncoupled position and a coupled position corresponding to the time-setting position of the winding stem (22). The coupling device (64) includes an exit pinion (78) which, in the coupled position, meshes with a minute wheel (16), and a plate (90) which is pivotably mounted on the time-setting lever (62) and which is provided with first and second reversion wheels (94, 96) of parallel axes (A8, A9) meshing with each other. An intermediate wheel (60), which is driven in rotation by the winding stem (22) in the time-setting position, meshes with the first reverser wheel (94).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 7651259
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece including a case (10) and a crystal (22) together defining a housing (18) for a movement (20), and further including an element that is mobile in rotation (30) actuated by a control member (36) including a stem (42) of longitudinal axis AA, passing radially through said case (10), a crown (44) mounted on a first proximal end of said stem and a pinion (46) fixedly mounted in rotation on a second distal end of said stem (42). The control member (36) is fitted with a part (48) for axially securing said pinion (46) on said stem (42), arranged on the proximal side of said stem (42), said securing part (48) including: a first slit ring (62) mounted so as to be locked axially and radially on a first of the pinion (46)/stem (42) elements, and means for axially locking the second of the pinion (46)/stem (42) elements, secured to said slit ring (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventors: Bertrand Carrard, Sébastien Bolzt
  • Patent number: 7645068
    Abstract: Watch comprising a mechanism (50) for driving a device (1) that displays a time-dependent value, this drive mechanism (50) itself being driven by the movement of the watch, this watch also having at least one first correction element (42) acting on the display device (50) via a clockwork mechanism (2) of the drive mechanism (50), and at least one second correction element (48) acting directly on the device (1) that displays the time-dependent value, the watch being characterised in that the drive mechanism (50) is arranged so as to drive the device (1) that displays a time-dependent value in both directions when the first correction element (42) is operated, and so as to be overridden when the second correction element (48) is operated, acting directly on the device (1) that displays a time-dependent value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Compagnie des Montres Longines, Francillon S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Alphonse Bron
  • Patent number: 7563020
    Abstract: The control stem device for a watch includes a first stem (1) rotating about its longitudinal axis and provided with means (32) for securing it to a manual control crown on the exterior of the watch, and a second stem (2), substantially parallel and shifted in relation to said first stem and secured to an axially mobile sliding pinion (8) for selectively driving in rotation a mechanism for a first function (20) and a mechanism for a second function (242), the first and second stems being connected in rotation by a transmission device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventor: Jan Pittet
  • Patent number: 7540655
    Abstract: A setting device (1) includes an outer crown body (11), an inner crown body (12) firmly connected to this, a coupling (13,14) mounted at the inner crown body, as well as a crown sleeve (15) at least partly enveloping the inner crown body (12) and the coupling (13,14), inside of which the inner crown body (12) is mounted in both axially adjustable and rotatable manner. The setting device (1) further includes an elastic element (16) exerting on at least one of the crown bodies (11,12) a force pre-tensioning it in its axial direction, the force of pretension of the elastic element (16) being determined as a function of the effective front surface (A) of the outer crown body (11), in order to allow for an automatic, axial change-over of position of the setting device as a function of the applied external pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Speichinger
  • Patent number: 7520664
    Abstract: A timepiece apparatus (10) comprising: a rotatable shaft (30) operatively connected to a magnet (40); a magnetic detection device (50) to detect a magnetic field of the magnet (40) when proximal to the magnetic detection device (50); wherein if a predetermined sequence of magnetic fields is detected by the magnetic detection device (50), a predetermined operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: National Electronics & Watch Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwong Yuen Wai
  • Publication number: 20090059732
    Abstract: The dial (4) of the watch is fitted with an indicator (10), preferably with a hand (11), which displays the function fulfilled by the control crown (8), respectively in each axial position of said crown, including the highly water resistant position in the case of a screwed in crown. The indicator is controlled by the axial movements of a sleeve (15) secured to the crown (8), via a transmission mechanism (30) including a slide block (35) that is mobile parallel to the axis of rotation (14) of the crown. The hand (11) is secured to a pinion (32) meshed with a rack (34) arranged on the slide block (35). The slide block (35) includes a flexible part (38) between a back part that slides in a groove (36), and a front arm (39) provided with a lateral finger (40) engaged in an annular groove of the sleeve (15). This transmission is compact and facilitates assembly and removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Christian Bracher, Raphael Courvoisier
  • Patent number: 7494269
    Abstract: A timepiece movement is disclosed in which a hand-setting stem is oriented in the longitudinal direction of the movement and that includes a relatively short portion inside the movement. A pull-out piece may be mounted pivotably on the frame of the movement and carry a pivoting member, interacting with the frame, and also a linking member designed to interact with the stem to limit the translational movement of the stem. The pivoting member, preferably produced in the form of a pull-out screw, may include first and second pivots arranged on either side of the pull-out piece and engaged in the frame. Preferably, the stem may be engaged, permanently catching, with a crown pinion to form an assembly that may also include first and second pivots arranged on either side of the crown pinion and engaged in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Montres Corum Sarl
    Inventor: Laurent Ryter
  • Publication number: 20090016174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch comprising a first hour wheel (16) which is rotatably driven around a rotating pin (3) by means of a drive unit and supports a first hour hand (1), and a second hour wheel ((26) that is joined to the first hour wheel (16) via a springy catching connection and is rotatably driven about a second rotating pin (13) by the first hour wheel (16), a second hour hand (11) being rotatably driven by means of said second hour wheel (26). The watch further comprises a manually adjustable winding stem (62) which supports a drive wheel and with the aid of which the two hour wheels (16 and 23) can be adjusted jointly or individually. The first hour wheel (16) can be adjusted by the drive wheel while the second hour wheel or a third hour tube (26) that supports the second hour hand (11) can be blocked by a manually actuated blocking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: Lange Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Schlencker, Helmut Geyer
  • Publication number: 20090010109
    Abstract: This timepiece is provided with a device for the adjustment of functions and time indications comprising a selection control (L) for each time indication which has to be adjusted and a control (T) for adjustment of the said selected time indications. At least the selection control (L) or the indication which has to be adjusted is kinematically linked with a selection cam (C1) comprising a profile corresponding to two states 0, 1, corresponding to a non-selection state and a selection state respectively, the control device comprising means (L1, L2, L3) for connecting the adjustment control (T) to each of the selected time indications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: ROLEX S.A
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain GRAEMIGER, Arnaud ROSENZWEIG
  • Publication number: 20080310258
    Abstract: A clockwork movement includes at least two control elements which are movable with respect to the frame thereof, are used for interacting with the same external control member in response to the activation thereof and are positioned remotely to each other in the direction of the clockwork movement thickness. The clockwork movement has an intermediate connecting unit which is rotatable about an axis substantially extending in the direction of the clockwork movement thickness, pivotally mounted on the clockwork movement frame element and provided with a reception area which is distant from the axis and exposable to a force produced in response to the control member activation. The intermediate unit also includes at least two contact areas each of which is used for producing a force on the corresponding control element and which are located on both sides of the reception area in the direction of the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicants: Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier S.A., Complitime SA
    Inventors: Francois Trifoni, Stephen Forsey
  • Patent number: 7443769
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a striking mechanism (20) which includes a mobile part (60, 70), and a time-setting mechanism (16). The time-setting mechanism (16) cooperates via a first arm (72) with the mobile part (60) of the striking mechanism (20) and via a second arm (78) with an element (30) of the time-setting mechanism (16). The time-setting mechanism includes a control member (88) whose pivoting is controlled by a time-setting lever (30). The pull-out piece (50) which causes the locking lever (24) to pivot to a locked time-setting position, when the time-setting lever (30) pivots to the time-setting position thereof and the locking lever (24) includes locking means (74) which cooperate with the striking mechanism (60) to prevent the release of the striking work in the striking work locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 7441945
    Abstract: The device includes a single external control member including a pusher (10) whose head (11) and tube (13) are assembled on either side of a control button (15) which can manoeuvre a rack (35). The driving arm (49) of a lever, (45) pivoted at one end of the rack (35), abuts on the pusher tube (13) and the driven arm (51) can be positioned opposite a determined corrector (9a) by rotation of the lever (45). One or several applications of pressure on the pusher (10) activate said corrector (9a) by rotation of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Vincent Laucella, Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 7404667
    Abstract: The magnetic control device (1) for a timepiece comprises a sealed tube (3) which comprises a blind end inserted into an opening of the timepiece, whereas the other end of the tube opens towards the outside. A control stem (12) is provided in order to slide inside the tube (3). It carries a magnet (21) which is displaced integrally with the stem inside the tube. By manipulating the end of the stem which emerges from the tube (3), the wearer of the watch can make the magnet selectively occupy three positions. A first and a second magnetic sensor (22, 23) with two states are disposed inside the timepiece along the sealed tube so that three different combinations of a state of the first sensor (22) with a state of the second sensor (23) are respectively associated with three predefined positions of the first magnet (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, François Gueissaz
  • Publication number: 20080159081
    Abstract: The device includes a single external control member including a pusher (10) whose head (11) and tube (13) are assembled on either side of a control button (15) which can manoeuvre a rack (35). The driving arm (49) of a lever, (45) pivoted at one end of the rack (35), abuts on the pusher tube (13) and the driven arm (51) can be positioned opposite a determined corrector (9a) by rotation of the lever (45). One or several applications of pressure on the pusher (10) activate said corrector (9a) by rotation of the lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: MONTRES BREGUET SA
    Inventors: Vincent Laucella, Eric Goeller
  • Publication number: 20080144448
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a striking mechanism (20) which includes a mobile part (60, 70), and a time-setting mechanism (16) which cooperates with a winding stem (26). The time-setting mechanism (16) includes a pull-out piece (50) whose pivoting is controlled by a time-setting lever (30). The pull-out piece (50) controls the sliding of a sliding pinion (36) from a winding position to a time-setting position. The pivoting of an isolating lever (94) is controlled by the mobile part (70) of the striking mechanism (20) so as to cause the sliding pinion (36) to slide from the winding position to an intermediate position, located axially between the winding position and the time-setting position thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: MONTRES BREGUET S.A.
    Inventor: Eric GOELLER
  • Publication number: 20080144449
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a striking mechanism (20) which includes a mobile part (60, 70), and a time-setting mechanism (16). The time-setting mechanism (16) cooperates via a first arm (72) with the mobile part (60) of the striking mechanism (20) and via a second arm (78) with an element (30) of the time-setting mechanism (16). The time-setting mechanism includes a control member (88) whose pivoting is controlled by a time-setting lever (30). The pull-out piece (50) which causes the locking lever (24) to pivot to a locked time-setting position, when the time-setting lever (30) pivots to the time-setting position thereof and the locking lever (24) includes locking means (74) which cooperate with the striking mechanism (60) to prevent the release of the striking work in the striking work locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: MONTRES BREGUET S.A.
    Inventor: Eric GOELLER
  • Publication number: 20080130419
    Abstract: There is realized a multifunction timepiece constituted to be able to constitute a plurality of types of hand operating train wheels by only changing positions of integrating parts without changing dimensions and shapes of parts of a movement. A movement of a multifunction timepiece includes a first train wheel rotation center, and a second train wheel rotation center. A train wheel for indicating calendar information is arranged to be rotatable relative to one of the first train wheel rotation center, and the second train wheel rotation center. When the first train wheel rotation center is arranged with a train wheel for indicating calendar information, the calendar information can be indicated by a small hand rotated to move by the train wheel, when the second train wheel rotation center is arranged with a fan shape hand operating train wheel for indicating the calendar information, the calendar information can be indicated by a small hand moved in a fan shape operating train wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Mamoru Watanabe, Takeshi Tokoro, Kei Hirano
  • Publication number: 20080106979
    Abstract: Timepiece including a two-directional correction mechanism for a device displaying a time related quantity, the display device being actuated by a control lever (14) itself controlled by a cam (10), on which the control lever (14) abuts, the timepiece being characterized in that it includes a correction device (36) activated by a control stem (42) which, in the display device correction phase, via a return lever (24), moves the control lever (14) out of the path of the cam (10) on which said control lever (14) normally abuts in the normal operating phase of the timepiece (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Alphonse Bron, Olivier Mahler, Andres Cabezas Jurin