Most of the time, watch lovers rhyme with connoisseurs. But are you sure you know all the mechanics of their mechanisms? Mr Montre looks back at the main types of mechanisms.
As we often say, it’s not just the physical that counts … What’s inside counts just as much, if not more. So to choose the type of movement knowingly, as much control his subject on the fingertips.
The Quartz Watch
This is the most common model. Its operation is simple: a small battery provides electrical energy that vibrates the quartz and allows the sending of regular electrical pulses, able to rotate needles in case of analog display or to display the time digitally. Simple, effective, ultra precise and more resistant to shocks and vibrations, the Quartz watch can have many additional functions (lighting, altimeter, compass …), for a price quite affordable. Only drawback: a shorter life, due to the wear of its electronic components.
The mechanical watch
There are two types of mechanical watches : manual wind and automatic .
Here, the energy does not come from a pile but from a movement. To operate the manual winding mechanical watch, it must be reassembled regularly by hand, turning the crown. As for the self-winding watch, it goes back on its own thanks to the wrist movements of its owner. If you have an automatic mechanical watch, move your wrist and bring the watch closer to your ear … You will hear the sounds of its mechanism in action.
In summary, nobler by the beauty of its mechanical and technical prowess, more craft, the mechanical watch lasts much longer than a quartz watch.
Its weak points: a much higher price, revisions every 4 to 5 years and a lower resistance to shocks. Also note that mechanical watches can regularly have a few minutes early or late.
The hybrid watch
Neither fully mechanical nor fully electronic, the hybrid watch skilfully combines the benefits of these two technologies. The energy does not come from a battery but from an accumulator recharged by an oscillating mass based on the Quartz movement system. No more changes in the stack and the almost seamless precision of Quartz.
The connected watch
The smart watch is the high-tech watch par excellence. It is connected to the web or a Smartphone to allow the recovery and sending of data in real time. Taking pictures, tracking sports activities, call notifications … With her, you now have a mini-computer on your wrist wherever you go. Smart, it accompanies you on a daily basis to simplify your professional, private and social life, but can be too intrusive if you are not careful.
To conclude, there is no good or bad watch. Each type of mechanism has advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to you to see what suits your needs, your budget, your tastes and your sensitivity to the charm of tradition or to innovation.