Luxury watchmakers have earned their reputations with superb craftsmanship and incorporating unique mechanisms into their watches that allow their watches to work flawlessly.
To truly understand what makes watch movements so great, we must delve into the ins and outs of engineering originality, precision instruments, tiny components that are used to make watches tick, and of course, a pair of VERY steady hands.
Watch “movements” refer to the inner mechanics of a watch. Most people may not care for what the watch looks like on the inside, but watch connoisseurs definitely do. It helps them make more informed decisions about what watches are worth the money.
Here are a few basics you should know about:
Caliber—a mechanical movement made by the Swiss which does not need a battery to function. Unlike the Japanese quartz movement that requires a battery for energy, the Swiss caliber movement uses the energy created by a wound-up mainspring.
Quartz movement—The Japanese quartz movement makes for fantastically practical watches that are sold at affordable prices. Whereas the Swiss caliber movement has a more vintage appeal to it.
Now let’s take a look at the watch movements of celebrated watchmakers:
Rolex has branded their caliber movement “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. What does this mean? Well, unlike most luxury watches that are only certified by COSC, Rolex watches undergo a line of in-house tests instead.
Rolex’s stringent in-house tests have made it one of the most celebrated names in the industry. The brand is known for its precision, reliability, and its style.
Omega was founded in 1903. However, it got its name from a famous mechanical watch movement that was created in 1894. That should give you an idea of the importance that watchmakers place on mechanical movements.
For decades, Omega has launched one impressive collection of watches after the other. It’s built a reputation for building gorgeous, functional watches that consistently push technological boundaries.
Tag Heuer earned a name for itself in the world of luxury watches for making value-driven, deluxe watched. In the year 2013, Tag Heuer introduced Caliber 1969.
Caliber 1969 is an in-house movement that replaced an age-old oscillating pinion with a straight clutch for greater precision. The lines of Tag Heuer watches that followed all consisted of more advanced versions of Caliber 1969, enclosed in the luxurious casings the brand is known for.
Next time you decide to buy a watch, take a moment to research its movement so you know exactly what makes the timepiece so impressive.
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