Guide to Watch Movements
Introduction to Watch Movements
Luxury timepieces are true works of art involving centuries of craftsmanship, innovation, and artistic design. A variety of functions and styles allow for plenty of diverse models to select from when deciding what type of watch meets your needs. Whether you are looking for a new addition to your collection or browsing for a gift for a loved one, our expert guide to luxury watch movements is sure to help you choose the perfect timepiece.
Manual movements are a type of mechanical movement in which the watch is powered by winding the crown. This action builds up power in the mainspring which then fuels the watch’s ability to keep time and function its complications. Winding must be done at regular intervals to keep the watch powered, anywhere from every 24 hours to several days. This is the most traditional type of watch movement and is often favored for its incredible craftsmanship.
Automatic movement watches are the second type of mechanical movement, but instead of requiring regular winding, they are wound automatically by the movement of the wearer’s wrist. These watches are also known as “self-winding” and are very popular due to the minimal amount of effort needed to keep the timepiece running accurately. Power is harnessed from the movement of a rotor that rotates freely within the timepiece. As the wrist moves, the rotor spins and this sends power throughout the watch.
Quartz movements use a battery to power the watch. The battery sends an electrical current to a quartz crystal which vibrates, oscillating the mechanisms that keep time and power the complications. Quartz movements are known for their incredible accuracy and are very low maintenance with the exception of regular battery changes. Watches with this movement are fairly inexpensive. In luxury watch brands, quartz movements are specifically designed to meet the strict standards of the brand.
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