None of this is necessarily a bad thing, and small watch makers are often proud of where they get their parts from. You see, only the largest of watch makers are able to be "vertically integrated." Meaning they make all (or most) of the parts that go into the watches themselves, plus assemble the watches. Even then, there are often highly specialized parts that are sourced. Behemoth watch maker Swatch still relies on certain outside companies to make watch parts from time to time. That, or they just buy the parts manufacturer and bring them into the family. Swatch is one of the only European watch makers that can be said to actually have an integrated manufacturing system. Large makers such as Citizen and Seiko in Japan likely make most of their parts, some of which are perhaps actually manufactured in China (though lets not stress that part of it). We know that American based Fossil relies heavily on China for parts, which makes sense given their less than world class wrist watch offerings.
Written by Tom Mulraney from TheWatchLounge.com for aBlogtoRead.com.
The article points out how watch ads of old basically had the hands in the opposite position pointing down. It was then decided that hands pointing down, just look "down," and the trend was then to place them pointing up. The whole point of any watch ad is to make the watch look as presentable as possible without obstructing the name of the brand or any of the functions. It is just that simple. Though I admit to being among those people who stare at watch ads too long and point out odd little inconsistencies or oddities.
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I then realized how narrowly I was thinking - there is a place for quartz movements in my heart. Mechanical watches are amazing for what they are: wrist borne machines, wrought of history, tradition, and immense amounts of pride. What began as tools, evolved into status symbols and emotional objects of desire. You wear a mechanical watch when you want to smile with appreciation when glancing at your wrist. The quartz watch on other hand is a separate beast all together, and unfortunately shares the same title, “watch.” Perhaps a different name should be given to those quartz watches that don’t compete with mechanical watches, but rather fill in the gaps where mechanical watches cannot enter. A good quartz watch can be something altogether different that a mechanical one. They can do things mechanical watches cannot, and they do the same things in a different way or for different occasions. You take your mechanical watch to meetings, parties, and social occasions. You take your quartz watch into the garage, the yard, and the hard wilderness. While there are some mechanical watches built for this duty, you are among the minuscule few if you can afford to subject your beloved timepiece masterpieces to almost certain abuse and possible destruction. Most of you have “beater” quartz watches I am sure.
I have decided that Marc Ecko needs to stay out of the watch design world. The newest release from the 'urban' themed design appears to be a compromise of tastes. The compromise being, that they could not decide which watch look was the worst, so they included them all. Twelve hideous looking bezel options provide a frame for an unattractive watch that is cheap looking bling extraordinaire.
It is not as though Hamilton had no choice either. There are plenty of other configurations that would have worked fine, and if they wanted to remove a counter to leave space for the logo, they could have simply moved the minute counter to the bottom, and make the watch a 30 minute chronograph versus a 12 hour one. But no, we are stuck with this. my faith in the management is severely rocked right now.
Today pocket watches, while still made in limited numbers, are mostly collectors or novelty items. Very few people actually carry pocket watches anymore. By far, most people who want to know what time it is, wear a watch. But things are changing to a degree, and I am not sure if it is for the best.
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