Has the unveiling of the latest generation smartwatches signalled doom and gloom for the wristwatch as we currently know it? Are they a genuine threat to the well-established watchmaking industry that we watch enthusiasts know and love? Will they turn out to be a complete fizzer, relegated to a niche market, or become a huge global industry?
Two-tone watches….a redundant legacy of the 80’s or 90’s?….or is there more to the story?
A watch movement is the inner mechanism of a watch that keeps time and powers all aspects of the watch. The two predominant watch movement types are mechanical and quartz.
While quartz watches currently enjoy a much larger market share, mechanical watches are now seeing a significant uptake in popularity, particularly with watch lovers that appreciate the tradition, skill and craftsmanship that they personify.
This articles explores several basic features of the “mech”, demystifying the jargon and explaining the lingo to turn you into the hot shot horologist at your next dinner party!
You have all probably heard the stories – “the wristwatch is dead”. The idea being that no one needs these “redundant” devices anymore because we all have access to the time on other portable devices such as our SmartPhones and Tablets etc.
Much has been said about the pros and cons of the two dominant watch movement types – mechanical and quartz……but what are they? What is the difference and which one should I go for?
This article explores the virtues of these differing watch types, taking you on a journey through time and technology….