The art of preserving the high watchmaking

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The art of preserving the high watchmaking:

Our clock accompanies us throughout our life,counting among the objects that are closer to us.
A guard-time,often the only jewel in men, is the subject of personal excellence,that by which, more often than we think we are judged.

Many watches acquired during the past century are being worn today by the fourth generation of the same family.

What could be a better investment?


Whereas a quartz watch has a limited duration which may be more than 10 years in cases of midrange/high, a mechanical watch can last for generations if properly cherished.A mechanical watch is how the mechanics of a vehicle: need periodic reviews to ensure that the proper lubrication of components, the ability of the seal together and the elimination of dust, dirt and moisture.The sealing should be checked every year in the case of sports use and increased water entry,with the advent of modern synthetic lubricants,since the oil change is effected every four or five years.The task is great specificity and can only be made by professionals. And both these professionals as fine watches worth the investment needed to be done.

Why Maintenance

Your mechanical watch is a sophisticated precision instrument that works permanently in very several terms.Inside a very small volume,a variety of components contribute to ensure all functions and chronographic hourly.Its mechanical action gives rise to great wear.The maintenance will allow this phenomenon to submit a restoration of lubrication as well as replacement of components used.Its clock should therefore be a periodic maintenance to function optimally potential its movement is protected by a box,provided with gaskets to ensure the imperviousness.Under the influence of various external actions,these joints wear out gradually and should be replaced periodically.

The impermeability

Currently,most of the clocks is sealed to varying degrees,in accordance with the models.So by exposure to external agents such as perspiration,the chlorinated water or salt water,ultraviolet rays and cosmetics,the waterproofing degrades over time. In case of heavy use in the aquatic environment(ex: diving),it is recommended that a maintenance service each year in order to ensure impermeability.For occasional use in the aquatic environment,this operation will take place every two years.Overall,I recommend that there should be a check every year, ideally before the summer season.Behind back of each box appears sealing level to which the watch is designed,expressed in bars or meters.This is a standard and not in an absolute depth of immersion.The piston crown and should never be activated in water or when the watch is wet(except models equipped with magnetic piston).

Directions for use

Bracelets Leather:
The leather bracelets are manufactured with the finest materials and are a product of great quality.Like all objects in leather(shoes, gloves, etc.)The duration of life varies with usage conditions.In particular,water,cosmetics and perspiration accelerate the aging process.The use of maintenance products of leather bracelets will expand its synthetic longevity.A bracelet is more suited to activities that involve frequent contact with water or moisture.
Boxes and metal bracelets:
Regular cleaning of metal boxes and bracelets by washing/brushing in fresh water used to keep the brightness of your watch.This operation is strongly recommended after every immersion in salt water or chlorine.

If we like a watch,you owe a minimum of attention so he can give us complete satisfaction.In addition, following some simple rules,we can optimize battery life.

Read the operating instructions before use.

Send check for leaks,if the clock to be sealed,2 or 3 in three years by a watchmaker specialized.

Do not change the calendar when the hands are between 22 hours and 2 hours because the wheels may already geared from.

Do not manipulate the crown wheel of the rope and not use the chronograph function under water and tighten the crown(if threaded)so that water does not enter into the box.

Passing the clock(sealed)and the bracelet by fresh water after a swim to eliminate the corrosive action of salt.

Avoid all violent sports are not constructed for use watches this type of activity and,in general,to protect the watch against drops and shocks.

Never leave a battery used inside the facility;to oxidize,severely cripple - and even hopelessly - the movement.

Even with a laudable desire of curiosity,never open the clock.Any intervention should be entrusted to an expert agreed that,generally,received specific training on the part of each of the watch brands it represents.It is therefore uniquely qualified to ensure the maintenance on site or,if necessary,send it to the relevant service center.Whether the watch is mechanical or quartz should be sent periodically to a specialist for review.The mechanism is then thoroughly cleaned and oils are renewed tightness is checked.Depending on the degree of utilization of the clock,a frequency between 2 and 4 correspond to a good medium for this type of intervention.

Fat products,perfumes,dust and other particles encrust on the visible parts of the clock and joints of metal bracelets.A passage for water after cleaning with soapy water gives back to the subject all its brilliance.

Mechanical watches

The life of a mechanical clock extends over several generations.The mechanism,according to its complexity,can total hundreds of pieces,all in different shapes and dimensions.Some of your wheels,working night and day,can travel thousands of kilometers per year.A spectacular example:the balance built to perform 28,400 alternations per hour - is the most common value - total approximately 249 million after one year of operation!But who says said friction wheel.

Fortunately,the wear of moving parts is minimal thanks to the support built in Ruby,metals hardened by quenching and the most sophisticated lubricants.However,as these will drying over time,it is desirable to be replaced by a specialist.

The warranty offered by the brand covers any manufacturing defects that could not be detected during the process and the current two years are offered widely enough to check if a watch has defects.If maintenance costs are charged to the owner,the work done under warranty shall be borne by brand.Buyers and possessors of beautiful watches can be much happier if,on the one hand,trust in brands of high-level and,secondly,entrusting their clocks to official experts for interventions that are necessary.We took much more pleasure from our clocks and treat them more carefully. Be aware of this reality.There will be therein lies the secret of the art of keeping a watch?

Specific advice

After immobilization,the winding automatic mechanical watch with the crown wheel and never put before the shaking;- Before winding,take the watch not to force or even from the rod string,- After the given string not force the crown wheel because it would cause undue stress and harm in the spring.


A new mechanical watch should be used extensively.While a clock lies in the window of a watchmaker,lubricants can accumulate in certain areas.It takes a couple of months for these lubricants are properly redistributed and the functioning of the mechanism eliminate microscopic imperfections that most of the mechanisms have.


So far not targeted for this market,providing a large increase in demand,thereby increasing large-scale,global production of watches.

Currently,the watchmaker is divided into two broad categories: mechanical timepieces whose movements are powered by the mechanical strength of the rope (automatic or manual)and quartz timepieces whose energy source is a stack.

Despite the recent 1994)development of hybrid engines that combine the two strands (the energy is produced and transmitted mechanically to a dynamo that turns it into electrical vibrating quartz crystal),we continue to consider only the two categories mentioned.

In the early 70s,with the generalization of wristwatches equipped with mechanisms of quartz,the clock is no longer "just" a jewel and a valuable tool for measuring the time to become a commodity accessible,practical,much more precise and sturdy,satisfying applications and functions for which they had never been aimed. This new concept has catch much of the purchasing public.

A large part of the Swiss watch industry,taken by surprise by this "revolution",and trying to keep up with demand that emerged with this new market where the Japanese took great advantage due to the high technological know-how acquired and low production costs,began to equip part of its collection with quartz movements.The prestigious watchmaking houses soon realized they could not compete with the other side of the world,because the machines of quartz began to equip their watches were,in most cases,purchased from its direct competitors(Japan)

In response to this "crisis" and in the late 80's saw the resurgence of the Swiss industry in the aspect that distinguishes it from others: the major complications of mechanical calibers,the perfection of the finishing and watchmaking tradition to justify the large investment the acquisition of these pieces which although less precise,are small marvels of art and technique.

This investment in what the Swiss are excellent,it resulted in the strong impulse which even today is driving the growing consumer interest in this art so unique and exciting and that distinguishes and defines the style and philosophy of life of those who use one of these samples.

And now I leave you with a fantastic advertising ever made and that a few words tells us a lot:

"You never actually own a Patek Philippe: You merely look after it for the next generation"

Published by José Sousa

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