THE HISTORY OF THE MECHANICAL WATCH


Since the beginning of time, man has tried to master time, to understand it in order to tame it better. At the first glimmer of time control, this measurement was done with a sundial and then an hourglass. These first measures did not satisfy the man who always innovated to create this fateful tempo, which is the slow, graceful and precise flow of a mechanical watch. Let’s see in detail the history of the mechanical watch.


THE HISTORY OF THE MECHANICAL WATCH

The first mechanical clocks emerged in the 14th century. Its mechanism, if it did not allow to display the time, announced each hour by a bell sound.

The history of the mechanical watch is made of innovation and perfection of techniques, and it is a century later that the first clocks with dial were born thanks to a clever system of gears.

MINIATURIZATION, THE INNOVATION THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE MECHANICAL WATCH

Long years followed, working both for a process of simplification and especially miniaturization.

It was in the 16th century that the first portable watches finally appeared. This invention is attributed to the German watchmaker Peter Henlein. His model of watch is usually worn around the neck.

Gradually, these watches will flatten, become smaller, more discreet to become the pocket watch or the gusset watch.

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THE INVENTION OF THE WRISTWATCH

If the pocket watch or gusset watch has been democratized, it is from the beginning of the twentieth century that the wristwatch knows its rise. Invented by the Frenchman Louis Cartier and the Swiss Hans Wilsdorf, these watches gave a new impetus to the world of watches.

Other innovations followed, such as automatic watches, which would later become the norm, since they strongly favored the autonomy of the watch, the power reserve.

The history of the mechanical watch, like the race against time, is never finished. Man is constantly inventing new mechanisms and new uses. Yesterday, mechanical watches were fighting against quartz watches, today against connected watches. Man has not finished writing the long and exciting history of the mechanical watch.


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