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101 Reasons Why Watches are Great – Part 5
Watches are True Technological Marvels

Jorg Weppelink
Mar 15, 2019
Watches are True Technological Marvels


Trying to explain just what it is that makes mechanical watches so special is quite the undertaking. It requires us to look at something as abstract as the concept of time and then discuss its physical representation. What does ‘time’ mean to you? Can you define it? Whatever your answer, the watch is able to transform it into something tangible.

Time is all around us. It dictates our entire lives from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. The steady march of time gives us great stories and fond memories to share with family and friends. Nothing can escape it. That mechanical watch on your wrist is our best real-world manifestation of time. And yet, it’s so much more than that. A watch is our constant companion and often plays a role in some of our most cherished moments.

Today, we live in an age when almost everyone has multiple devices that tell the time. Instead of mechanical watches, many people have come to rely on their phones or digital timepieces. However, at the end of the day, those smart devices will never carry the same emotional history as their mechanical counterparts. Mechanical clocks have been shaping how we run our lives for centuries. While clocks and watches have evolved over time, little has changed about their basic mechanics. Generation after generation of craftsmen has been building movements by hand, assembling dozens to hundreds of components so that we can know the right time in hours, minutes, and seconds.


Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor AnniversaireImage: Bert Buijsrogge


Of course, time is just the beginning when it comes to watches. Many mechanical watches feature practical functions that go well above and beyond displaying the time. Take the moon phase, alarm, chronograph, or perpetual calendar, for example. Each innovation is further proof of just how incredible the world of mechanical watches is. The fact that we humans were able to harness time into something as small as a wristwatch is almost as marvelous as time itself.


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