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WATCH MOVEMENT TYPES
WHAT IS A MECHANICAL WATCH?
Synonymous with the finest craftsmanship, mechanical movement serves as the engine room of most luxury watches. Dive underneath the dial of a mechanical watch and you'll find an intricate series of components that work harmoniously to deliver timekeeping performance.
A coiled mainspring is wound up by hand every day to store energy. As it unwinds, a set of gears drive the hands to show the time, oscillating at a constant speed thanks to a balance wheel. The smooth-sweeping second hand, as opposed to the more common ticking motion, gives away its mechanical status.
This traditional method of watchmaking has been used by horologists for hundreds of years and was first invented during the 16th century. Since then, it is been tinkered with and developed to keep up with innovative advances.
This pedigree watch movement type tends to be installed in more expensive pieces than its quartz counterpart, as it is meticulously created by hand and revered for its quality craftsmanship. Mechanical watches from luxury watchmakers, such as Omega, Breitling and Longines, are available from Almaz shop in Vienna
WHAT IS AN AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT WATCH?
The sister of mechanical movement, automatic watches (also known as self-winding) are similarly designed around a mainspring system. The difference lies in how the energy is derived - automatic watches are powered by the natural motion of the wearers wrist. Worn regularly, this type of watch requires minimal maintenance.
Automatic watch movement was the brain child of John Harwood during the 1920s - born out of a need for a watch that wouldn't be crippled by dust or muck getting stuck in the winding system. New technology from Rolex took the movement to another level in 1931, designed around an ingenious Perpetual rotor system. To this day, Rolex's automatic technology remains the pulse of all contemporary self-winding watches.
Find the ultimate automatic watch for you among the collection at Almaz Vienna , with brands such as TAG Heuer, Cartier and Montblanc to choose from.
WHAT IS A QUARTZ MOVEMENT WATCH?
Quartz technology burst onto the scene during the 1960s and revolutionised watchmaking as we know it. These battery-powered timepieces send an electrical current to a quartz crystal, which creates vibrations that power the watch's hands. The tell-tale mark of a quartz watch is the ticking movement of the second hand.
Since its creation, quartz movement has gone on to dominate the fashion watch world with its exceptional accuracy and easy-to-maintain nature. Plus, the batteries in this type of timepiece mean they need a lot less attention, tending to only need replacing every 18 months to two years.
Quartz watches are the perfect match for those looking for a timepiece that's affordable, stylish and accurate. Shop the range of quartz watches at Almaz, which boasts brands such as Tag Heuer, Breitling, Baume et Mercier, Longines, Jaeger Le Coultre, Hublot and Cartier