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Watch Case Materials

Many of today’s finest watch manufactures offer their timepieces in a choice of case metals; the three most common alloys used are high grade stainless steel, eighteen karat gold, and increasingly platinum. Stainless steel is by far the most common alloy used for watch cases and bracelets today because of …

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Watch Complications

In watchmaking there are 3 grand complications. Holologists often speak of 3 classic high complications collectively known as “grandes complication”. They are the Perpetual Calendar, the Tourbillon, and the Minute Repeater. Perpetual Calendar A perpetual calendar is a mechanism that automatically takes into account the varying number of days in …

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Watch Movements

Manual Wind The owner of this type of watch winds the watch regularly. Hand winding is what makes the watch run. When the watch runs out of energy produced by the hand winding, the watch stops. In some cases, some manual wind watches are more efficient then other manual wind …

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Tourbillon controversy: Is the famous complication less a solution to a problem, than it is an expression of horological skill?

The other day, I came across an interesting and thought provoking analytical article, written by a certain Mr. Jean-Claude Nicolet, a watchmaker and professor in La Chaux de Fonds. http://www.europastar.com/watch-knowledge/1004082417-the-tourbillon.html In the article, the author presents his case that the tourbillon regulator is, for all purposes, a needlessly complex horological …

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Manufacture Made Movements: Are They Always Better?

So often you hear supposed watch collectors ask, “does that brand make their own movements?” The general idea being that any company that makes a entire movement (or 90% plus) in-house is defined as a true manufacturer and therefore a more collectable brand. I used to think this way but …

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About Watch Movements

Traditional watchmaking is a craft that has continued for hundreds of years. Originally all movements were manually wound and had to be wound daily to stay on time. There was also the problem of over winding the watch. After some time watchmakers developed the automatic winding movement to eliminate the …

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The Wonder of Manual Wind Watches

To many laypersons who have begun their fascination with luxury watchmaking, the terms “mechanical watch” and “automatic” are interchangeable. They eagerly look for a “sweeping” second hand to tell them that the watch is an automatic, and therefore fine or valuable. That sure described me. Remember the 80’s, when the “reliable” …

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