If this desire to hold and measure time is the prerogative of Man, watches have long been confined to a rather male universe. Even today, there are watches for men and watches for women. Proof, if any were needed, that a woman’s needs are not the same as a man’s when it comes to timepieces.
A woman’s watch is perceived as a fashion accessory, a piece of jewelry, and watchmakers are generally following this trend. A woman’s watch tends to become a jewel that elegantly dresses a contemporary woman. This notion of aestheticism is also found in the design of the watch, often, these watches are more worked and are considered real works of art.
However, it is not uncommon to see a woman wearing a man’s watch on her wrist, here there is no feminist will, simply the will to assert her clothing style by adding both elegance and a sportier look.
A watch is both an ornament and a social object, as it reflects who you are and what you do in life. Even today, owning a luxury watch demonstrates a desire to showcase success and the personal satisfaction of being able to afford a work of art on your wrist.
Women pursue this ideal of success and wearing a watch can be part of their emancipation goals.
The watch for a woman is an accessory that can fulfill two functions.
The first is to become master of her time, and therefore, by extension, of her life. The other is to expose one’s personality through the design of the watch worn, what one feels or what one wants to make one’s interlocutors feel. In short, watches have a bright future ahead of them.
A watch is an advanced technology and its design is a unique concept. The design of a watch encompasses all of its visible elements such as the bracelet, the case, the watch face and the various elements that are displayed on it. The dial is the figurehead of your watch, it instantly reveals what type of watch you are dealing with.
The dial is one of the first elements that an amateur will look at. Through the design of the watch face, one can guess the first inspirations of the designer.
Thus, we can find the skeleton watches which offer to the sight of all, the dials and especially the movements.
We can also mention the guilloche dials which correspond to the presence of very fine patterns with crossed lines.
These types of dials are often related to their future or assumed use. Like pilot’s watches or diving watches. Depending on its destination, the design emphasizes different characteristics such as the readability of different elements like totalizers or readability in poor light.
The composition of the dial is also to be taken into account, beyond metals like silver or brass, they can be composed of more exotic materials.
There are, for example, meteorite dials, enameled dials or mother of pearl dials.
Meteorite dials have become very rare, as this material is protected by Namibian law and can no longer be exploited.
The enameled dials are based on the skills of the past to create a dial with an inimitable and particularly recognizable shine.
The mother-of-pearl dials, on the other hand, use the noble material of certain shells. However, mother-of-pearl is a particularly fragile material, but it gives the dial a reflection and a shine that are highly sought after in the watchmaking world.
Whether through its design or its materials, a watch face is the cornerstone of your watch. It is what every watch lover will see first and it is through its design and its characteristics that we can gauge this watch.
The watch is a historical object, for a long time, the perception of the passage of time has been a key element of humanity. It was in the early 1500s that Peter Henlein succeeded in miniaturizing the clock mechanism with the first pocket watches, which gradually became the wristwatch.
It is in the 19th century that the pocket watch really starts to be democratized. Previously, it was a luxury object promised to the most fortunate families. This democratization goes hand in hand with new technologies and new modes of production which allowed both to miniaturize, but also to produce in larger quantities. This availability, combined with affordable prices for the working classes, has allowed these generations to acquire pocket watches. Usually attached to a jacket and linked by a chain, it was hidden in the jacket when not in use.
It was at the dawn of the 20th century that the first wristwatches made their appearance. The result of a co-creation between the Frenchman Louis Cartier and the Swiss Hans Wilsdorf, it constitutes an essential revolution in the world of watchmaking.
The wristwatch gradually became part of the habits of all people. It even became, little by little, an object of fashion with a shape and an aestheticism always more worked.
Although these first wristwatches did not yet have the autonomy that they have today, with an average of one day of power reserve, their mechanism is very similar.
It was in 1926 that the first automatic watches were born, which became one of the first responses to this lack of autonomy.
This was followed in 1969 by the creation of the first quartz watch.
The history of the watch has profoundly marked our technological progress, from the mastery of gears to the need to miniaturize them, it is one of the markers of technological progress of the last millennium.
Beaubleu is part of this technological and aesthetic progress by offering you watches with circular hands. Do not hesitate to consult the latest collection!
The mechanical watch, unlike the quartz watch, has less autonomy, which requires action from the user. At Beaubleu, all our watches are automatic, which requires less intervention from the owner.
A mechanical watch has a barrel that generates the energy necessary for the proper functioning of the watch. This energy is produced by the spring of the barrel which will try to regain its initial shape.
The force thus exerted by the spring will drive the various elements that make up the watch and move the hands.
This barrel can be recharged in two ways depending on the type of watch:
After having reviewed the functioning of a mechanical watch, we will be able to discover how the power reserve is an essential element of your watch.
The power reserve corresponds to the autonomy of your watch. It is defined by the number of cycles that your watch is capable of performing when it is wound to its maximum. Like a battery, when this reserve is empty, your watch is no longer able to function. Depending on the model, this autonomy can vary from a dozen hours to several days. For automatic watches, this reserve is generally equivalent to about forty hours.
The power reserve can be displayed on the dial of your watch. The purpose of this display is to allow you to anticipate the end of this autonomy so that the heart of your Beaubleu watch never stops beating.
Our Beaubleu watches with its latest Vitruve collection are made with the Miyota9015 movement, renowned for its reliability and robustness. They have, among other things, a power reserve of about forty hours. Do not hesitate to give in!
It was in 2017 that the house Beaubleu was founded by the designer Nicolas Ducoudert-Pham. With a desire to transcend the historical codes of watchmaking, he developed a strong brand with a distinctive element, its circular hands. The models offered by the brand are designed with noble materials that are the guarantee of the quality of the Beaubleu brand. Each collection is a limited edition.