A watch is a small timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person. It is designed to keep working despite the motions caused by the person’s activities. A wristwatch is designed to be worn on a wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet. A pocket watch is designed for a person to carry in a pocket.
Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks, which appeared as early as the 14th century. The first watches were strictly mechanical, driven by clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals that produce accurately timed electronic pulses.Some watches use radio clock technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970.
Most inexpensive and medium-priced watches, used mainly for timekeeping, are electronic watches with quartz movements.Expensive collectible watches, valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping, often have purely mechanical movements and are powered by springs, even though these movements are generally less accurate and more expensive than electronic ones. Various extra features, called “complications”, such as moon-phase displays and the different types of tourbillon, are sometimes included.Modern watches often display the day, date, month and year, and electronic watches may have many other functions. Time-related features such as timers, chronographs and alarm functions are common. Some modern designs incorporate calculators, GPS and Bluetooth technology or have heart-rate monitoring capabilities. Watches incorporating GPS receivers use them not only to determine their position. They also receive and use time signals from the satellites, which make them essentially perfectly accurate timekeepers, even over long periods of time.
Recent developments include smartwatches such as the Apple Watch which are elaborate computer-like electronic devices designed to be worn on a wrist. They generally incorporate timekeeping functions, but these are only small fractions of what the watch can do.
The study of timekeeping is known as horology.
Blancpain – 1735 Grande Complication
The cool watch from Blancpain, has a case made of platinum. The strap is made from crocodile skin. It has a complicated machinery and has 740 handmade components and pieces.
Louis Moinet – Magistralis
The unique watch hosts a 2000 year old piece of lunar meteorite. The watch is made of 18 carats of gold and has a minute repeater, perpetual calendar and a push-button chronograph
Hublot – Black Caviar Bang
The watch has a white gold case (18 carats). It sparkles with beautifully cut black or white 34.5 carat diamonds. The case and the bezel have 322 and 179 diamonds respectively. There are 30 on the clasp too. The one million dollar watch has only one visible feature, which is the black and deep tones of the diamonds.The watch’s limited edition had only one piece.
Ulysse Nardin – Royal Blue Tourbillon
This expensive watch from Ulysse Nardin is made in platinum. The company was founded in 1846. The watch is decorated with 568 baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamonds (33.8 carats) and 234 baguette-cut royal blue sapphires (16.79 carats). It has a limited edition of 30 pieces. The watch is also available with leather strap.
Parmigiani Fleurier – Fibonacci Pocket Watch
This beautiful pocket watch from Parmigiani Fleurier. The company was founded in 1975 in Fleurier, Switzerland. It is made entirely in Palladium and has a minute repeater with cathedral chimes and a perpetual calendar. The case is extremely attractive, decorated with enamel work. It has the image of a lotus flower and the snail shape represents Fibonacci’s Golden Rule.
Louis Moinet – Meteoris
This tourbillon presents a meteorite from the planet Mars. It has a hand-engraved dial. It has used the materials from a 2000 year old, moon meteorite and hence got it’s name. The outside case is made in 18 carat gold.
201-carat Chopard ($25 million)
The beautiful watch is sitting amongst the most expensive stones. It is surrounded by three red (15 carats), blue (12 carats) and silver (11 carats) colored, heart shaped diamonds. The white diamonds are arranged to form a flower. The have a yellow diamond as their center. It has 874 diamonds and weighs 201 carats.
Jaeger-LeCoultre – Joaillerie 101 Manchette (Priceless till date)
This glamorous and beautiful watch, made for a million dollar baby is priced as priceless till date. The watch is from Jaeger-LeCoultre. The watch sparkles with 576 diamonds and a sapphire dial. It is like a bracelet. It has black leaf like hands. The winding crown is at the back of the watch. The square units of the bracelet cum watch are made entirely in 18 carat white gold.
Franck Muller – Aeternitas Mega 4
This amazing watch is from Franck Muller. The company was founded in 1992 in Genthod, Switzerland. The watch has 36 complications, the most of any watch in the world. It contains a 999-year calendar and has a chronograph. It has a three-day power reserve for the movement and 24-hour reserve for the chime. It has indicators for 3 time zones. The watch is available only in Geneva and New York.
Chopard – Super Ice Cube
What woman would not want her old watch traded for this beautiful diamond watch? With its 60 karats of diamonds this watch and bracelet is water resistant to 100 feet and also resistant to scratches.