The Mechanical Watch is an online portal dedicated to watches with mechanical movement, that is, watches whose interior moving gears are driven by mechanical energy. However, several brands have watch models with quartz or mecha-quartz movements. In this sense, we may publish articles on these models. Moreover, it is also a website devoted to the public that has shown increasing interest in learning more about types and watch brands from Switzerland, Germany and Japan.
I follow the watch industry for at least forty years. At that time, my knowledge and interest in the watch industry increased and in 2006 I started to write articles on a regular basis for a watch magazine in Brazil.
In 2014 I decided to create my own website, where watch collectors, aficionados and the public in general can be updated on news and trends of the watchmaking industry worldwide, to get suggestions, clarifications and make questions about watch brands and models, not only watches that they have intention to acquire, but also on those who already they have, regardless the model and brand. We welcome comments, suggestions and opinions of the users. In the Contact page just put the name and the e-mail address that I will answer the message as soon as possible.
If the user wants to attach some text or image file along with the message, we have two alternative email addresses: email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
The focus of the portal are watches with mechanical movement, as I pointed above, because they stimulate the curiosity, they have more historical content and value, not just financial. In other words, they have soul. On the other hand, the accuracy of electronic or quartz watches is higher and more resistant to mechanical shocks. They are very simple from a technical point of view and the service cheaper. In general the battery is replaced each one or two years and sometimes the case must be polished.
However, the interest on mechanical watches is growing at a faster pace in the last decade. In the past, the mechanical watches did not have the technology which has been developed over the last fifteen years, not only from the point of view of its main function to provide more accuracy, as well as the resistance to mechanical shock and magnetism have also improved. The materials, as well as the technology of production of watch components were substantially improved. For example, the sapphire crystal, obtained from the mineral corundum (grade 9 on the Mohs scale), largely replaced other synthetic materials such as hesalite, plexyglas and others less scratch resistant materials. In addition to this significant scratch resistance, the synthetic sapphire crystal is five times more translucent than the ordinary glass, providing better visibility of the functions displayed on the watch dial.
The Swiss watch industry, still the most vibrant and creative in this segment, currently produces nearly 30 million units/year and the relative share of mechanical watches is growing in total units produced. For example, in 2007 Switzerland produced 26 million units, of which 15% were mechanical or one in seven. In 2012, the latest statistics available, total production reached 29 million units from which 24% were with mechanical movements or one in four. In addition, the value of mechanical watches account for over 70% of the total value added, although they represent less than 25% of the physical quantity produced or sold.
The manufacture of mechanical watches is one of the most interesting frontiers of human knowledge, because it combines micro-engineering, science of materials, art & design and also a strong marketing appeal.
The photos or images in this website are not mine, but provided by watch brands and by the media in general.
Fabio Anderaos de Araujo
Sao Paulo – Brazil