A watch can be a symbol of status, a mark of achievement or just a simple accessory to complete your look. No matter the style, a quality watch is something to be proud of and will last longer than most other accessories you may own. But if you’re new to the world of watches, it may be hard to understand all the different mechanisms and functions that make up this complex art form. This series of watch guides will help you get acquainted with the different components and styles that make up a timepiece.
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Learn about the specialized features that set apart some of the most prestigious watches. These horological icons are often called “complications” and can include things like a chronograph (stopwatch), time zones, temperature, alarm, tachymeter, moon phase viewer or calendar.
Water-resistant depth is also a common feature for watches, and varies by model. A 3 ATM / 30m / 100ft rating means the watch can handle accidental splashes, handwashing and showering. A 5 ATM / 50m / 165ft rating is suitable for most water sports but not deep diving or swimming. A 10 ATM / 100m / 330ft rating is appropriate for scuba diving and snorkeling.
A tourbillion is a special balance wheel in a mechanical watch that counteracts the effects of gravity on the escapement, helping keep the movement running smoothly and precisely. The chime function of some watches can also be useful, allowing you to audibly tell the time by sliding or pushing a lever.