Behrens Rotary watch simulates the motion of the iconic Mazda’s Rotary engine


Behrens B022 – “ROTARY” Watch Series – The official GPHG nomination;

B022 – ROTARY Series: Behrens watches are displaying time in an all new non-traditional way.

Behrens is a small independent watch brand focusing on design and modification of high-end movements. Behrens is constructing in-house mechanical modules to offer a varieties for functional time display.

B022 – “ROTARY” Series is one of Behrens’ latest creation and a tribute to the legendary Japanese car manufacturer Mazda’s 100th anniversary (1920-2020). Mazda‘s iconic “Rotary” engine was transposed into the watchmaking realm.

“We studied how the engine runs and took the motions of the engine rotors and turned them into a display for time. Behrens used the twin rotors system and turned it into hours and minutes indicators while the unique ‘Rotary’ engine rotor running track was transformed into a unique time display.”

The large rotor with the triangular pointers rotating with a fixed but non-uniformed track at the bottom alongside with the applied metal indexes on the left hand side of the dial will represent the time in “HOURS”, whereas the smaller triangular 3-pointer rotor on top alongside with the metal applied indexes on the right hand side of the dial will represent the time in “MINUTES”. (Both rotors are installed with sufficient numbers of rubies for reducing friction and to increase efficiency.)

The dial and the rotors are coated with Swiss Super-LumiNova to show time in the dark. The dial has been skeletonized so that the mechanism can be clearly seen.

“We have our own R&D centre which we are determined to create our own system and mechanism. With 15 months of development, uncountable modifying and testing models; our mechanism is reliable and sturdy, with an appealing and high-end appearance,” said Behrnes team.

The case is made of 316L stainless steel which is widely used in high-end watches. Behrens had applied many different production processes to make a remarkable watch case. Multi-polishing methods are applied on the case: including mirror polished on the bezel and the edges of the lugs, horizontal brushed on the sides, vertical brushed on the lugs and circular brush on the back.

“For producing luxurious watches, we insist to use only sapphire crystal for both sides of the watches. Due to the remarkable hardness of sapphires – 9 on the mohs scale, our watches can hardly be damaged by plain scratches,” added the independent watchmaking manufacture.

Behrens B022 – “ROTARY” Watch Series