Watches, especially those produced by renowned luxury brands are pieces that have been around for centuries in our culture and are one of the most worn pieces of accessories around the world. For many, watches are a symbol of status, which is why they always search for the next great watch, in the hope that they will be perceived as a majestic, strong guy. We’ve discussed watches before in our articles and today we want to dive deeply into the world of fine crafting and to focus on very precise aspects, such as: what the difference between a chronograph and a chronometer are, what is movement in the language of watches and whether serial numbers are important or not.
Some watch brands have established a name for themselves, and have a strong tradition that is backing them up.
Tradition and history are important elements when it comes to buying a watch, as a brand that positively checks both is a brand that has created a name for itself and that has withstood the test of time. Withstanding the test of time is something any good watch should do.
Let’s look at some of the elements that differentiate an average watch from a good one, and what you should learn about your timepieces:
One of the first things you should learn about watches is that there are the different types of movements. The movement is the force behind the pieces’ motion. It’s amazing how much precision and craftsmanship is needed to create a good watch. You would be amazed to learn that it’s not an easy job. There are different types of movements in the world of luxury and mainstream watches, the most common being the following:
Jewel movement. Jewel movement is usually the type of movement kept only for the most high-end of high-end watches. Such pieces use jewels for their movement and you will notice that the more jewels a watch has in its mechanism, the more expensive it is. Generally, watches with jewel movement have 19 jewels placed inside their mechanisms.
Quartz movement. The quartz movement is the most common type of movement and is not very much associated with luxury watches. However, quartz movements are very accurate and you can rely on them very well, the only reason they are so popular is because they are less expensive and easier to make, which is not what the average luxury watch hunter is looking for. A watch with a quartz movement sends an electric current from a battery to a small quartz crystal. This crystal vibrates at predictable and precise rates. If you want to know the exact numbers, you should know that it is: 32,768 cycles per second.
Mechanical movement. The mechanical movement is one of the oldest types of movement, but it is still very important and very used. Mechanical movement uses energy that is created by a wound spring. When this releases energy, the energy makes the watch’s mechanism to move and this can last for decades with no need of a battery.
Self-winding movement. Watches with self-winding movement have a mainspring. This is wound either by automatic movement or by hand. A balance, which is the terms for a precise mechanism transfers the power of the spring to the hands of the watch.
To be continued
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