It is well known by many journalists that, when addressing a certain topic, we sometimes take for granted that everyone who – kindly – reads us is an expert in the field of watchmaking.
But even the lucky reporters who work and live from this art are not, that is, how much do we know about a subject? Do we master it? Do we have enough authority to address it? You judge it, comment, question. Today we propose concepts to enter this beautiful, human, and above all, timeless world.
1.- What Is Time?
Let’s go back to basics and define the physical magnitude of the duration of separation of events. The period that elapses between the state of system X and the moment in which it presents a variant perceptible to an observer or measuring device that is to say: a clock.
Standard time is considered to measure the sidereal year, which consists of 365.25 days, in turn, divided into hours, minutes, seconds, and fractions of a second, etc. In comparison, legal time is the product of accepting a particular organization, a country, for example. In European countries such as Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and France, the legal time is one hour more than Greenwich Mean Time (London, England, prime meridian), while in Mexico, it is 6 or 7 hours less depends on the time in which we meet.
2.- What Is A Watch?
Do you know the answer? Surely if you see one, you would recognize it. Still, finally, a wristwatch like Rolex yacht master for instance is a human concept – accepted for measuring a phenomenon that we do not fully understand. That is why we propose a definition to agree, go: mechanical device devised to provide and indicate the human concept of time. These rigs are capable of fractioning, counting, and storing a memory of the elapsed time. Throughout history, man has used this type of machinery for the correct functioning of the economy, agricultural and social activities, its routes and movements, in addition to the inevitable effect it has on our skin, body, organs, etc.
3.- Types Of Watchmaking:
We are getting closer and closer to what interests us, our horological collection, but do you gradually collect pendulum clocks or just table or bracelet fixtures? Making a recount, we propose the following: sundial, astronomical and astral; water (hourglass) and sand, fire clocks and pendulum clock; wristwatch, chronometers, marine chronometers, and pulse and pocket chronographs; electric/digital clocks and atomic clocks; atmospheric and monumental clocks.