If you’re new to watch collecting, then a quick basic course is in due. One of the most important things to know about watches is that they differ in movement. Movement, in a watch, literally means what makes the watch in question tick. Is it the gears, a crystal, or a battery? Here are the best watches you can buy by watch movement right now.
Mechanical/Automatic – Blancpain Villeret Carrousel Volant Une Minute
Let’s get these straight – mechanical watches aren’t the best kind of movement like most purists would say. Every kind of movement is valid on their own. Remember that. Because mechanical movements are mostly the more expensive movement, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re the ultimate form of a timepiece.
While there are numerous brands to choose from in this movement, Swiss watchmakers are the ones to-go-to when it comes to mechanical or automatic timepieces. Think Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe. These are some of the biggest watchmakers in the world right now, and a watch from these brands will typically cost you thousands of dollars.
But one of the most underrated Swiss brands that constantly produce some of the most technically-adept and aesthetically-pleasing watches is Blancpain. Blancpain watches, especially the Villeret line, are a cut above the rest in terms of presentation. The Carrousel Volant Une Minute, in particular, is so stunning that many literally gasp at its beauty when they first see it. It doesn’t hurt that it’s got an in house caliber movement under the hood.
Smartwatch – Apple Watch Series 5
This is the smartphone era. That much is true. At least half of the entire population owns a smartphone and while the rise of smartwatches is imminent, the movement is still in its infancy. Don’t get us wrong though, the smartwatches available now are the peak representation of how technology can afford us convenience.
If you’re looking for the best smartwatch in the market, there’s no question that the Apple Series 5 is the one to beat right now. The Apple-made smartwatch is better than ever with an always-on screen, better battery saving features and more stable integration with smartphones. If you have an iPhone as your main phone, the Apple Series 5 is the perfect complement for it.
With Series 5, Apple also stepped up its game in terms of materials used on the watch. There is still the standard aluminum, but now you have the option of picking stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic. Apple’s site also has an intuitive Apple Watch builder where you can customize the exact appearance of the Apple Watch you want.
Quartz – Tag Heuer Formula 1
Tag Heuer isn’t the first Swiss brand to jump the bandwagon with quartz, but it was not late to the party. The quartz movement was first introduced by Japanese brand Seiko, and while it has produced great quartz watches since it launched up until now, the iconic Formula one from Tag Heuer just takes the cake in this category.
There has been quite a debate when it comes to the difference between quartz and Swiss quartz. One is deemed superior to the other, but ultimately, they both have the same mechanism beating under the hood. If you’re looking for the perfect model in the Formula 1 line, get the one in the black dial and two-toned silver and black clasp.
Getting a watch from every movement can be a great starter if you’re collecting. Get past the classic notion that collecting watches means only buying one movement. The watch industry is a big, inclusive industry, and so much good will be done for the entire community if only customers, especially the high-paying ones, don’t discriminate by movement.