As in all existing Kinetic calibers, the wearer automatically generates the electrical energy by her/his wrist movement. With Kinetic Direct Drive, however, the wearer can also generate energy by winding the crown.
2. Two indicator functions
Kinetic Direct Drive shows not only the power held in reserve but also the level of power generation when the wearer hand-winds the crown. The wearer can see and feel, in real time, the direct transfer of power from his or her winding of the crown to the reserve.
Kinetic Direct Drive creates a direct interaction between the human being and the watch!
i) Real-time Power Indicator function
The more power you generate, the more the hand moves!
The Direct Drive hand starts moving when the winding starts. The hand directly indicates the amount of the power generated. If you wind the crown in short strokes or gently, the hand only moves a little. But if you wind it in long strokes or with sufficient speed, the hand makes a large move across the indicator dial. Its motion is just like the movement of the hand on a tachometer of a car when you accelerate.
As you wind the crown, the starting point of the move gradually goes up according to the amount of power generated in the winding sequence. In that way, the wearer who winds the watch can check, during the winding process, how much power has been generated up to that point. When the winding is halted, the hand also stops to show how much power is generated until them.
Direct Drive is a new function, unique to Kinetic Direct Drive, designed as an "emotional technology" to bring more enjoyment and a deeper emotional bond between the watch and its wearer.
ii) Power reserve indicator function
After the winding is complete, the hand pauses at the Real-time Power Indicator function for 4 seconds, then it goes back down to the zero position and moves up again to show the total amount of power reserve, which is now the sum of the original power reserve amount and the newly generated amount.
When it is fully charged, the hand points to "M." "M" means 1 month. "W" means 1 week, "D" means 1 day and "12" means 12hours. The bottom column is the estimated time required for winding by hand and automatic. If you wind for 2 minutes, power for 1 day is generated.