The piece is a poetic nod to the early era of film making and specifically honors the inventor of the zoopraxiscope, Eadweard Muybridge. The zoopraxiscope is credited as being probably the world’s first movie projector, and was produced around 1879. Using a wheel with a series of pictures on it, the machine was able to project an animated image. This complication is actually built into the Cinema watch, being Konstantin Chaykin’s very first attempt at such a feature, and the only one that we are aware of in a wrist watch.
In the video below you can see a demonstration of the animation complication in action. Activating the left crown causes a disc to spin rapidly under the dial in what appears to be a magnified window. The illusion creates an animation of a man riding a galloping horse. The subject is no coincidence, as the original mechanism was apparently first used to test an interesting theory people had in the late 19th century. While I am not sure if the story is true, the motion picture is said to have been developed to settle a scientific theory about horses. Some people said that it was impossible for all of a horse’s feet to be off the ground at the same time while it was running. Other people rebuked the theory saying that when a horse was running there were quick moments where none of its feet were planted on the ground. Without a plausible way to test the theory, it was decided that they would attempt to take a series of rapid photographs while a horse was running and study them.
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Animation Power Reserve: 20 seconds
Animation Speed: 1 cycle per second (12 images)
Vibration: 21 600 v.p.h
Dimensions (mm): 37 x 47 x 12,2
Materials: white gold or platinum, transparent case back