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The art of measuring time has come a long way since Galileo’s observation of pendulum dynamics. Both technological and design advances have revolutionized the accuracy and style of the wristwatch, and the fine craftsmanship of a luxury timepiece is a statement symbol worth investing in. A watch with character combines practical innovation with enduring class.
The interior mechanics of a luxury watch are what set it apart and ultimately determine its inherent value. This movement, which measures and displays the time, varies depending on the brand, price point and skill of the watchmaker.
This movement allows the watch to wind itself, using the wearer’s actions as its power source. Specialty watch winders exist on the market to simulate this motion when the watch is not being worn. This keeps the watch precise, as otherwise it may lose its charge and need to be reset each time is it worn.
Although mechanical watches are more sensitive and less accurate, the intricate craftsmanship still attracts the most avid watch enthusiasts, who truly appreciate genuine watchmaking skill. These watches tend to appeal to collectors, as they are not as readily made by watch companies today.
Perhaps the most common variety, this movement uses a tiny crystal, rather than moving parts, for a more precise measurement. Quartz watches are relatively easy and inexpensive to produce, yet are considered to be the most reliable.
These watches show numbers rather than hands, typically in a seven-segment display. Aside from standard LED capabilities, many digital watches today feature advanced ‘smart features’–making them wearable technology.
No matter the mechanism, any type of watch can obtain chronometer certification, upon passing rigorous testing to guarantee its accuracy. These tests are performed by the COSC, Switzerland’s official chronometer testing agency. Swiss watchmakers have long been touted for their careful craftsmanship and attention to detail.
What’s a Complication?
A simple movement in a mechanical watch typically displays hours, minutes and seconds. Traditionally, a Horologist would define a “complication” as any function other than the simple display of time. A “complication” would include a Chronograph (Stopwatch), Day/Date Display, Moonphase, Dual Time Zone, Minute Repeater or a Tourbillon, to name a few of the more common examples. Generally speaking, the more complications there are in a mechanical watch the more costly and hence prestigious the timepiece tends to be due to the complexity of the design and the difficulty and length of the production process.
A “quartz” watch that has a battery can also have many functions, but strictly speaking these features are not referred to as complications.
Advanced techniques and evolving designs have led to a plethora of watch styles available on the market today. Depending on your lifestyle, you could opt for a casual watch, dress watch or sport watch. Diving watches are highly functional, resistant to water, magnets and shock. Watches embellished with gemstones can replace a bracelet as a more functional accessory that still makes a statement. Vintage watches are timeless, elegant and simple. There is endless variety to speak to an assortment of tastes.
Before purchasing your new timepiece, do your research on any brand you have in mind. Ensure the company stands behind their products and provides high-quality after-sales service for your peace of mind. Other factors to consider:
Selecting the brand, style and combination of features that are just right right for you will ensure you enjoy wearing your luxury watch for years to come.