About Betting Movement Homemade What Do We Need To Know?

High-end mechanical timepieces often come with technical specifications-dial, case, bracelet, buckle-every element you can name is split and detailed. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about terminology: in-house, the topic concerns the origin of the timepiece movement. Which watches are equipped with movements independently developed and manufactured by the brand, old players know this. In general, watches equipped with a self-made movement are more praised than watches equipped with a controlled movement.

   However, in the not-so-distant past, the entire industry relied on a few movement makers; brands were even happy to equip them with high-end unique timepieces. So why has “homemade” suddenly become the focus, and has it turned into a strong selling point?
   Designing and building a new movement from scratch is easier said than done, even today with computer assistance during the prototyping stage, so watchmaking brands generally turn to movement suppliers to obtain complete sets of blanks. Either simply retouching by hand, or replacing key components, or adding functional modules, watchmaking brands transform the movement blanks into their own use. One of the largest movement suppliers in the industry today is ETA SA, which dates back to 1793. Knowing that the movement is doomed to change its fate, ETA SA is still happy to sell blanks. ETA SA builds a common foundation for a large, if not most, part of the watchmaking industry (whether quartz or machinery).
   ETA SA is owned by the watchmaking giant Swatch Group, which owns many famous watch brands, including Breguet, Blancpain, Omega and Tissot. In order to ensure sufficient production components of its own brand, in 2002 Swatch announced that it would gradually reduce the external supply of movements, which caused a thousand waves. At that time, the brand was unprepared to produce its own movement, and other suppliers were unable to meet the growing demand.
   Of course, this does not mean that the production of movement blanks by ETA SA and other suppliers is completely exhausted, but such production no longer accounts for the vast majority, especially in the high-end part of mechanical watchmaking. Many resource-rich brands have almost established independent production capabilities, which raises an interesting question for us: given that homemade movements have become the norm, can they maintain their former reputation and add value to market sales?
   Watch enthusiasts always want their precious timepieces to be as unique as possible. It is even better if this uniqueness can extend to the core of timepieces. Establishing independent production capacity will significantly increase costs. Brands must increase investment in machinery and manpower. This cost is usually passed on to consumers at a premium. However, the watch market in the last two years has been changing, and the continuous demand has suddenly become calm and gentle.
   For several months, watch sales have been declining, especially in the Asian market. No light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. What does this mean for independent production capacity? One obvious trend is that self-control is no longer closely linked to high prices. The brand that started betting a long time ago has gradually matured, with sufficient production and cost control, so the price of watches equipped with homemade movements has become more affinity.
   It seems that the self-made premium selling point is no longer applicable, because self-made is losing its unique attributes and becoming more common; market conditions also indicate that few consumers are willing to pay for the premium, and they would rather choose a more competitive price, better production, and faithful Reliable movement.
   Betting on self-made has triggered a wave of innovation in the watchmaking industry. New materials and movements have sprung up, endless. It may be time to put aside the arms race and focus on the interests of the entire industry, seeking cooperation, sharing and win-win results, and ultimately let the innovation results benefit consumers.

Audemars Piguet Millennium Series Minute Repeater

Just like every great invention, the minute repeater watch comes into being. The invention of this most admired and intoxicatingly complex watch has enabled humanity to solve a seemingly simple, but long-standing problem long before enjoying the convenience of electricity: how to know time in the dark. At the ‘Watches and Miracles’ Asia’s Fine Watch Show, Audemars Piguet presents the Millennium Minute Repeater.
Watches and Miracles: Audemars Piguet Millennial Minute Repeater

 As early as the founding of 1875, the minute craftsmanship of the minute repeater watch has been embedded in Audemars Piguet and has been regarded as an important part of the heritage of this manufacturer of pocket watches and watches. Over time, it added other complex features, such as a perpetual calendar, a chronograph, and in 1885, a watch power reserve indicator was added.

 The accumulation of experience made Audemars Piguet launch the first minute repeater watch in 1892. This miniaturized masterpiece was later regarded as the core brand. As a result, the art of the minute repeater watch, which has been ignored for decades, was revived in the late 1980s, and Audemars Piguet became one of the first manufacturers.

 What is the heritage of this long tradition in the new millennial minute repeater watch, an excellent Audemars Piguet exclusive escapement with an oval case and a precision and complex movement, double balance wheel Gossamer, hand-wound watches with three-dimensional structure with spring mechanism and bell. The result is a pleasant sight and hearing.

Newest products in this series

 The new Millennium Minute Repeater continues a series of sophisticated Audemars Piguet watches, including outstanding Audemars Piguet masterpieces, such as the fifth d’Excellence watch, the MC12 Tourbillon watch , As well as a jumping seconds watch and a Carbon One tourbillon chronograph. This watch decorated with a rose gold frame features its timekeeping, minutes, seconds and minute repeater functions, combined with a specially developed winding system that makes it look like its illustrious ancestor-an innovative, sophisticated A sophisticated blend of technology and watchmaking know-how.

 Its uniquely shaped case has an eye-catching design, and a sub-dial with gold and enamel inlay, with an extraordinary mechanism of perfection, makes it immediately recognizable. What everyone has discovered is that Audemars Piguet watch makers incorporate the latest technological breakthroughs in the long tradition of the minute repeater watch, not just the AP escapement.

 Smooth running is essential for watches, and the escapement transmits the movement energy from the barrel in a completely smooth and linear way. Inspired by the creation of French watchmaker Robert Robin in the 18th century, the invention of Audemars Piguet combines the efficiency of a direct drive escapement with the reliability of a Swiss lever escapement.

 Combining the above two points, this watch manufacturer in Le Brassus has succeeded in reducing energy loss and eliminating the need for lubricating pallet forks-breakthrough technological advancements have enhanced rated accuracy, long-term stability and shock resistance Sex.
Exquisite engineering masterpiece

 A new manual winding mechanically driven minute repeater watch completely conceived, developed and produced by Audemars Piguet. It is further distinguished by its atypical structure consisting of a headspring and a tailspring, rather than a single balance spring.

 This flat, face-to-face double hairspring system has many advantages: it ensures automatic compensation for potential imbalance defects; it does not require the so-called Breguet balance spring curve at the ‘spring’ (this is notoriously difficult Idea) and avoid inaccuracies when the watch is in a vertical position without the need to help with a complex device such as a tourbillon.

 All these features help ensure finer adjustments to the balance spring which oscillates 21,600 times per hour. The two rotating barrels also ensure a power reserve of up to 7 days, while the third barrel, based on the contribution of this spring-loading mechanism, relies on the time much longer than normal by half and a half, thereby enhancing the law of prompting Sex.

 Finally, in terms of safety, the millennial minute repeater is equipped with a balance wheel braking system to ensure the accuracy of the time setting to the second. The new winding system also uses a safety device to prevent the time from being set during spring operation and to avoid any potential damage.

Dynamic three-dimensional structure

 Such an excellent mechanical device, of course, will be further strengthened by the same excellent trimming. The oval-shaped millennial minute repeater case is made of brushed rose gold and covered with a polished rose gold frame.

 Hour and minute dials set with gold and white enamel, offset from the three o’clock position, and a small seconds position at 7 o’clock, making the main moving parts clearly visible, highlighting a large number of hand-beveled Edges and inner corners, and anthracite-colored monoliths. Please also note that the ‘blue’ sound of the exquisite minute repeater watch can be appreciated from the case surrounded by elegant curves.

 Because this transparent case back allows you to appreciate such excellent level of detail design from both sides of the watch, the two distinct dynamic dynamic three-dimensional structures of the millennium series minute repeater watch are reflected.

 This watch’s contribution to the long history of Audemars Piguet timepiece craftsmanship is decisive-not only, maybe, because it brings a long history of functional watches to the 21st century.