Experiment ZR012 / C3H5N3O9

Introducing the Experiment ZR012 by C3H5N3O9 (nitroglycerin), with a Wankel rotary engine inspired design. A rotary engine runs smoother than a typical piston engine, with a linear power delivery similar to an electric motor. In the RX-8 for example, the motor can rev to a ridiculously high 8,500+ rpms, without damaging the engine. The trade off for the refined, high-revving smoothness of rotary car engine — is that it does consume a significant amount of oil in comparison to a traditional car engine. It would be interesting to know if the ZR012 movement runs any smoother, requires extra lubricant and if it has a more consistent power delivery than a typical high-end Swiss mechanical movement — or is the rotary inspiration mostly aesthetic?

C3H5N3O9 is a horological experiment carried out by MB&F partners, Maximilian Büsser, Serge Kriknoff and URWERK founders, Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei. The aim is to work together (and with other partners) to create interesting timepieces that they could not do under their existing brands.

C3H5N3O9 is an experimental platform, not a luxury brand — via Professional Watches

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