For many generations mechanical watch is still one of the favorite ornaments. They are worn by both men and women of all ages and professions. As to the accuracy mechanical watches are slightly inferior to quartz and electronic watches. But they also have a zest, the value of which exceeds the matter of functionality considerably. Movement, or caliber, is the heart of a mechanical watch. It’s a miniature device of springs, wheels and gears, which looks like living its own life, uniformly moving hands over a dial. Watch movement is a symbol of time in art, of its uniform and inevitable run.
Nowadays mechanical watch is a recognized piece of luxury. The taste and status of its owner is determined by the model. Modern luxury watches are articles of especially elaborate work and exquisite design. They are not made, they are created. Trendsetters of watch style are Swiss watches, models of precision and perfection. Some watch brands have become legends: Breguet, Omega, Rolex and Zenith. These names have become common nouns, synonyms of quality and prestige.
Mechanical watches have a lot of variations and modifications, which differ by the complexity of movements. Thus, the tourbillon model is a special device, which compensates gravity effect on mechanics. Every minute it turns the watch movement around its axis, thereby levelling the force of gravity. Chronometer is the watch of high precision. To get the status of a chronometer watches are certified in a specialized Swiss Institute of Chronometry. Chronograph is the watch with a stopwatch that allows you to capture short periods of time. Repeater is a watch that announces time by audio signal after your clicking on the button. Perpetual calendar shows not only the time, but also the day of the week, date, month and year. Astronomical watch makes calculations of phases of the Moon. Skeletons are a special kind of mechanical watches, in which the mechanism is fully or partially open for viewing so you can observe it working. Watches catalog of LuxWatch.com represents all types of modern mechanical watches produced by elite watch brands.
Manual Wind Watches
Mechanical watch is a traditional accessory that serves both as a tool for determining time and attribute of status, decoration, highlighting the unique style of the owner. Despite the emergence of electronic and quartz watches, mechanical watches are still the elite of watches, the pieces of watchmaking art.
Each outstanding watch brand offers its own watch movements - calibers, and on their basis creates design and style of models. Developing of the caliber takes about three years. This is a delicate and painstaking work, requiring inspiration and concentration. Many details of the caliber are completed (grinded and polished) by hand. Most mechanisms are equipped by different complications - additional functions.
As to the winding principle, calibers can be divided into two main categories: mechanics with manual winding and automatic winding. Manual-winding mechanics is an immortal classic of watchmaking and constant attribute of a businessman, a symbol of punctuality and responsibility. These qualities and love to order should be peculiar of owners of these watches, for they need special care.
Work reserve of mechanical watches with manual winding can be from 36 hours to 14 days. But it is recommended to wind them daily. It’s preferably to do that at the same time, before you wear the watch on your wrist. This ensures smooth running of the watch and full work reserve.
Mechanics with manual winding receives energy from a wound spring that is placed inside a cylindrical barrel with teeth. During winding the spring is twisted. By gradual untwisting with use of tooth gearing it sets the hand of the dial in motion. The accuracy of the watch regulates the balance mounted on a rotating axis. This device makes watch hands run a certain period for equal spells taking certain positions on the dial.
In order to make work of movement (the heart of the watch) visible, the back cover of the watch is often made transparent or translucent. Some of the unique elements of the movement are sometimes even made visible on the watch dial, in a small aperture under a sapphire glass.