Watch brands have been discovering that women care almost as much about what’s under the hood, so to speak, as men, and so they up the ante. In fact, many top brands brands are offering timepieces in prices across the board that offer brawn as well as beauty. Translated: many are now offering their ladies’ watches with mechanical movement inside – ensuring that every time a woman picks up her watch to wear it, she doesn’t have to worry about a dead battery.
Generally, there are two genres of mechanical watches: Automatics, also referred to as self-winding, and manual winding watches. As their names imply, a self-winding watch winds itself automatically with the movement of the wearer’s wrist by powering a mainspring that is torqued to release the power consistently. These watches generally offer a certain amount of power reserve (usually 48 hours but some offer more) to keep the watch running between wearings without the wearer having to reset them.
Manual winding watches are those that one needs to physically turn the crown to wind the watch. Again, the watch will run for a set amount of time before needing to be re-wound. Both offer hours of endless pleasure, as the wearer has the distinct knowledge that hundreds of tiny pieces work harmoniously inside that half-dollar-sized case to keep time perfectly. Among the functions most often incorporated in today’s new watches for women: calendars, moon phases, dual-time zones.
(Portions of this article first appeared in September Vegas Magazine in a feature by Roberta Naas.)