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Watch Terminology 101

men's watchesWhen it comes to buying watches, the product terminology involved in the process is enough to leave any astute brain frazzled. From quartz to bezels, and cases to chronograph, sometimes the theoretically simple task of buying a luxury watches becomes a time-consuming and complex procedure that demands you attempt to decipher a vast lexicon of unfamiliar terms.

That’s why we’ve decided to compile some of the more unusual timepiece-related terms, as well as their definitions:

Complication: This refers to any function of a watch beyond the simple process of timekeeping. Complication could be used to refer to features such as a stopwatch, a lunar calendar, or an alarm.

Movement: This is used to describe all of the cogs, wheels, and bits and pieces located inside the watch, which enable its timekeeping.

Quartz: This refers to a type of movement powered by a battery and regulated by the oscillations of a quartz crystal. Quartz movement is generally considered to be the most accurate type of movement.

Self-winding: Also known as ‘automatic’, a self-winding watch is a type of mechanical watch containing a rotor on a pivot, that is wound by the day-to-day movements of the wearer’s wrist.

Stay tuned to see plenty more watch terms demystified!