Watch Terminology 101: Part 3

men's watchesWithout further ado, here’s the latest installment in our guide to getting to know watches. To get caught up, don’t forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Escapement: A device in a mechanical movement which controls the rotation of the wheels and thus the motion of the hands.

Gold-plated: Often used when describing bracelets of watches, a gold-plated watch bracelet is one which features a base metal (usually stainless steel) that has had gold electroplated to it.

Skeleton watch: A watch which has no dial and only a chapter ring. In this case, as much metal as possible is removed and all of the remaining parts are decorated with elaborate engravings.

Tourbillon: Invented by Swiss watch manufacturers Breguet in 1801, this is a device in which the escapement is mounted in a small revolving cage in order to overcome the effects of gravity on the precision of a mechanical timepiece.

Yacht timer:  A type of countdown timer which sounds warning signals during the countdown to a boat race.

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