Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus speaker deconstructed in images

Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus speaker deconstructed in images

Nautilus™ emerged from Bowers & Wilkins’ University of Sound R&D facility after five years’ painstaking development. Briefed to stop at nothing in the quest for a perfect loudspeaker, our engineers arrived at a set of drive units whose tapering, tubular forms spirited away every trace of internal resonance.

Now recognised as a design classic, the Nautilus is not just our flagship product, but the very pinnacle of technological innovation.

Here you can see some of the stages of the Nautilus from a wooden maquette sat on an engineer’s desk to the finished speaker.

13 Comments

  • PaulGreyhead says:

    Beautiful. I’d love to listen to them…

  • Marc-Etienne says:

    I have been lucky enough to listen to a pair of these with classé audio gears.

    It made me shiver.

  • Peter Binovsky says:

    it seems to be fantastic……. . I would like to listen them.

  • sydney scales says:

    you know when something makes your heart skip a beat your hair stand up on the back of your neck you catch your breath the lump in your throat no more !!!

  • Nick says:

    Those are something else would love to get them in my showroom!

  • Tom Darville says:

    When engineering replicates art and life visually and audibly, thank you B&W.

  • Dippers says:

    Is it me or do they look terrible?!

  • George lynn says:

    It’s just you Dippers.

  • Paul says:

    Stunningly Beautiful..Would love to hear them

  • craig says:

    WOW, they really are georgeous. There is a guy in Austrailia that cuts 1″ wafers via computer then laminates them from the bottom up one inch at a time till he gets to the top. I would like to see a set of these built with his method they would be stunning twice. http://www.hilberink.nl/codehans/tannoy126.htm

  • Paul says:

    Fascinating to see all the parts so visible!
    I’ve been making similarly spiral-shaped speakers but with a toootally different style and sound. Just check my site PaulaPart.com

  • Jake Purches says:

    Incredible to think they are now 20 years old! A real classic – and only the Giya carried the torch (also by Laurence Dickie). It was a shame B&W didn’t develop it to make smaller units as these babies are pretty big.

  • wim de pee says:

    Flabergasted, i can’t say it in words. when you listen to this speakers, tears are falling from happiness!!!!!!!!!

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