A watch of a prestigious brand is not an expense, it is an investment. It is an inheritance that you can leave to your children and that will be revalued over time. But before taking the step of getting one of them it is important that you know some of the keys of watchmaking. Not everything that glitters is gold, not on your wrist either. According to the luxury watches store, there are two large groups of luxury watches brands, those of quartz and mechanics and their difference is in mechanics.
Quartz watches, also known as ‘battery’ watches are associated with the mid or low range, although large brands such as TAH Heuer, Breitling or Patek Philippe have models in quartz that can be considered luxury and have had a great exit in the market. The great classics are usually mechanical watches and represent the watchmaking art par excellence. There are manual windings that force us every so often to operate the crown and wind it to keep giving the time, and are the automatic that introduce a rotor that rotates to the rhythm of the owner’s wrist and therefore They wind up when the person is moving.
Characteristics of the model
The characteristics of the model, and in particular if it is a limited series , are another fundamental factor to take into account when investing in luxury watches.
The movement (the mechanism that moves the clock) is very important for collectors, in particular to know if it has been made by the manufacturer or by a third party. Here we are talking about mechanical watches (whether manual or automatic) and not quartz. Limited series tend to be interesting investments, particularly in the short term (where there will be collectors who will want to get hold of them thinking of a subsequent revaluation). An example of this is the Rolex Daytona, of which certain old series have reached prices close to one million euros (Paul Newman’s model reached 15 million but in this case the important thing was not the watch but the former owner) a clock that currently costs 100 times less. The same happens with the Speedmaster of the time of the space race (of which the astronauts took better not to speak, when they go out to the market they reach prices – never better said – astronomical).
The mechanics are usually more expensive due to the work involved in dealing with cogwheels, axes and springs, all synchronized, so that the time is right and accurate. And then there are the rubies or ‘ jewels’ . The watch machines use synthetic rubies as shafts of the mobile mechanical elements due to their low friction, which minimizes the wear of the parts and increases the precision of the assembly. Their reddish color makes them easily identifiable within the machinery so we can know the number of ‘jewels ‘ we have. But, the higher the number, the better the clock? Not always. It will depend on the functions of the clock that we have in hand. Chronographs need more rubies than one that indicates only the time.
What is a complicion? Perhaps you have heard it mentioned, it is simple: it is each of the extra functions of a clock, based on the function of indicating hours and minutes. The most common are Date, Day and Date, Chronograph, Annual Calendar, Perpetual Calendar, Repetition of minutes, Tourbillon in fact even the second hand is considered an extra function.
The material of the crystal is the other battle car of luxury watches. Currently the sapphire has been imposed on the plexiglass and the crystal-mineral is only used for the most accessible clocks. The sapphire is extremely hard, it can only scratch with the diamond but that does not mean that it is not fragile, a sharp blow in the glass can give us a good disgust. Collector’s watches are usually made of plexiglass, since it was the material that was used before. Many vintage lovers prefer this type of glass that gives an older look.