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Analysis: Twelve Legendary Watch Families that Defined Modern Horology (and What Makes Them Awesome)(Part 2)
Following our Part 1 of the "Twelve Legendary Watch Families" series last week, we are coming back with the later half of the list. Up next in our list are six absolute icons from IWC, Panerai and more.
Let's check them out!
It's weekend again and in this instalment of our very own Weekend Brunch Report, we're again presenting a diverse lineup of very interesting watches, each with their own uniqueness and could be purchased at different price points. Some are rare, some are innovative, and on top of that, they're all awesome. Let's check it out!
Weekend Brunch Report Vol.4: From a Cool Seiko Chronograph to an Early Sample of Rolex Milgauss in Great Condition
It's the weekend again and what does that mean? You guess it right, Weekend Brunch Report is LIVE! This week we have some truly interesting and outstanding timepieces to share with you ranging from a cool Seiko chronograph to an insanely mint Rolex Milgauss. Let's check it out.
If you care to look at the “About” section of Lengbeau, you will notice that this blog is solely dedicated to covering a broad, but nonetheless exclusive type of watches - the mechanical watches. To put it in very simple terms, mechanical watches run not on electricity, but rather, on energy stored in a mechanical watch movement, instead of a quartz movement that relies on the energy provided by battery.
The differences between the two types of watches hardly stop at what’s said above, but before we go deeper (which we will in the next article), I’d like to clarify that Lengbeau is by no means discriminating against quartz watch brands/ manufacturers. In fact, Seiko (one of the absolute favorites in Lengbeau), the Japanese watchmaking giant, almost single-handedly upended the stronghold imposed on the international watch market by the various star manufacturers from Switzerland - think Rolex, Audemars Piguet, IWC and others which were crafting highly complex, labor-intensive and costly mechanical watches - with the introduction of the groundbreaking Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ in December 1969, boasting unprecedented accuracy and retailing at a fraction of the premium called for by its Swiss counterparts, decidedly proving to be a massive hit. The few years after the winter in 1969 were often referred to as the “Quartz Crisis” and it has directly led to the closure/ mergers/ strategic adjustments amongst a significant number of traditional Swiss manufacturers. Big names such as Rolex and Patek Philippe rushed to develop and manufacture (though only for a short period of time) their own quartz references to combat the challenger from the East. So the bottom line is, quartz mechanism is nothing to frown upon. It has made time-keeping a much easier and affordable affair for all walks of life and if the Swiss watchmaking empire was at one point threatened by this little piece of mineral called Quartz, it has certainly earned Lengbeau’s respect as well.
So why would Lengbeau (and the larger watch community for that matter) rather study, appreciate and talk about mechanical watches which almost went obsolete, while a newer, badder, more disruptive (a cliche term but 100% applicable given the context) time-telling mechanism has come so close to total domination?
To explain that, we’d have to dig deeper into the insides of a mechanical watch. WARNING: it’s gonna get real nerdy. Stay tuned.
“Wait what? Are you suggesting the watch doesn’t need battery to function? That cannot be possible.”, challenged my cousin after receiving the Seiko watch I bought him for his 35th birthday. Hearing his words of ignorance, I gave him my baffled look in return, pretending to be in a state of huge disbelief in an attempt to make him look stupid and went on and exclaimed “Of course man! It’s a friggin (mind my language, readers) MECHANICAL watch. There’s no electric signal, no sensor, no chips whatsoever in it, just pure engineering. That it’s automatic also means that so long as you keep this thing on your wrist as you go about your day, IT WILL CONTINUE TO TICK and very likely outlive you with proper maintenance.” He was shocked.
(The back of the Seiko I gave my cousin - what's battery?)
It’s satisfying to see that how a 35-year-old man could still be intrigued by new knowledge, and on top of that a sense of genuine discovery. I’m very glad that my gift has now become a reliable (remember, you don’t need to worry about the issue of power) companion to him whom I consider a very good friend. This little exchange inspired me to set up Lengbeau, a place for dispersing and exchanging information on anything that has to do with mechanical watches. Lengbeau aims to cultivate appreciation for the eternal beauty of mechanical watches and the engineering that went into manufacturing a watch, that kind of traditional craftsmanship that not only survived the age of automation and digitalization, but prospered into an art form in its own right, mesmerizing people ranging from watch rookies looking to invest in their first “serious” watch to professional collectors who would (happily) invest USD6mn in a steel Patek Philippe chronograph (read more here:http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2012-10-11/a-25-million-watch-collection.html).
A good mechanical watch really is for life, and beyond. It is my aspiration to conduct this blog with the kind of dignity and genuineness demonstrated by a watch-maker, I might not know everything about watches, but I’ll do my best to serve my audience and to the watch community in general through Lengbeau.
Lengbeau cultivates appreciation for the eternal beauty of mechanical watches, for our everyday dudes and ladies.