Monday, April 27, 2009

Watch Movements

Watches(Rolex replica,Porsche Design replica,Richard Mille replica,Zenith replica,Hublot replica and Ferrari replica watches) tell time through the integration of three main components: an energy source, a time regulating mechanism, and a display. A watch's energy source can be electronic (battery-powered) or mechanical (spring-wound). The main timekeeping mechanism is called 'movement', while the display can show time in two different ways: digitally, in which the watch uses a liquid crystal display to show the time in numbers, and/or analogue, in which the watch uses the traditional dial and hands. Today's watches fall into four major types of movement: mechanical/automatic, quartz, solar and kinetic:
Mechanical and Automatic Watches: Mechanical watches are made up of gears and springs that work together to tell time. They are powered by manual winding. Automatic mechanical movements mark the passage of time through a series of gear mechanisms that are wound by the movement of the wrist. These watches are often quite beautiful and designed with precise craftsmanship,for example: Breitling replica,U-Boat replica,Bell&Ross replica,Patek Philippe replica and Omega replicas.

Quartz Watches: A quartz watch works with a series of tiny electronic components fitted together behind the face. Rather than a wound spring, it is powered by a battery. The battery on a quartz crystal watch sends an electrical current to a tiny quartz crystal, which in turn vibrates at a very high frequency (32,768 times a second) to keep extremely accurate time. Quartz technology accounts for more than 90% of the world's watch production.

Solar Watches: The quartz accuracy in these watches is powered by electricity converted from natural and artificial light. They are made with solar panels and sometimes come with rechargeable batteries, such as lithium ion polymer batteries. This technology was developed by Japanese watchmaker, Citizen.

Kinetic Watches: Batteries are not required for these advanced watches. Kinetic watches utilise an innovative movement of microelectronics that respond to the movements of the wrist, maintaining quartz accuracy. The watch 'sleeps' if not worn for 72 hours, but wakes up when shaken and immediately returns to the correct time. The kinetic movement was developed by Japanese watchmaker, Seiko.

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