Things To Know About Watches

July 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Featured, General Awareness, Technology

Almost all of us are crazy about the watches and make pretty sure that watch is as per the occasion. When it comes to casual look the watch should also reflect your casual attitude and same goes for professional like. But there are few terms which are related with the Watches and are must to be known. Please check below a list of such terms:

HOROLOGY: Horology is the art or science of measuring time.

MOVEMENT: A movement is the internal mechanism of a clock or watch, as opposed to the case, which encloses and protects the movement, and the face which displays the time.

COMPLICATION: A complication refers to any feature beyond the simple display of hours, minutes, and seconds. A timepiece indicating only hours, minutes and seconds is known as a simple movement. Examples of complications: display of time zones, time of sunset or sunrise etc.

AUTOMATIC WATCH: An automatic or self-winding watch is a mechanical watch whose mainspring is wound automatically by the natural motion of the wearer’s arm, providing energy to run the watch, making it unnecessary to manually wind the watch. Most mechanical watches sold today are self-winding.

MECHANICAL WATCH: A mechanical watch uses a mechanical mechanism to measure the passage of time, as opposed to quartz watches which function electronically.

MINUTE REPEATER: A repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch that audibly chimes the hours and often minutes at the press of a button. Repeaters should not be confused with striking clocks or watches, which do not strike on demand, but merely at regular intervals. They originated before wide spread artificial illumination, to allow the time to be determined in the dark, and were also used by the visually impaired. Now they are mostly valued as expensive novelties.

TOURBILLON: A tourbillion is a small piece of equipment which is supposed to counteract the effects of the movement of the arm and gravity, since both these cause watches to grow inaccurate over time. Today, tourbillion movements don’t make much sense since most people wear wrist watches that don’t suffer from gravitation errors. Still, the tourbillion watch is sought after for its design and rarity.

CHRONOGRAPHY: Chronographs are watches that can measure time in different ways. For this, the dial has several sub dials with a scale, from which the measurements can be read. It gives its owner the ability to time anything he wants.

CHRONOMETER: A chronometer is a watch that has the highest standard of precision. The designation is given to automatic and mechanical movement watches, not those that run with quartz movement.


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