Why chose a hand wound movement over an automatic movement?
There is no clear and obvious answer to this question. It’s an individual’s choice but when we started the early design of our first watch, we knew it was clearly one or the other. There was no way in hell we were going to choose a battery quartz movement as this would defeat the purpose of creating a beautiful timepiece. Why go to all the effort of creating such elegance and then ignore the heart and soul so dismissively?
What we did know was that we wanted to create a strong connection with past and present. The design and inspiration for the Noir Blanc is routed so clearly in the past that the movement would have to be something incredibly special. A hand wound movement connects the wearer all the way back to the time when the first watch was created by Robert Dudley in 1571. Amazingly it wasn’t until 1923 that the first "self-winding" or "automatic" wristwatch was invented by a British watch repairer named John Harwood in 1923.
So, if Toc really wants to connect to the history behind the wrist watch, then it must use a hand wound movement for the Noir Blanc. The ST3621 is an elegant and sophisticated movement. You only have to wind the crown to feel a part of something special. Just look through the sapphire crystal back, and you find yourself lost in its exquisiteness as you literally watch the second’s tick by.
Once you see this, you realize there was no other choice for Toc when creating the Noir Blanc.
Hand wound all the way…