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Timepieces: More than luxury, an investment

 

As much as checking the time is merely a practical act, wearing a timepiece can also have multiple other meanings, metaphorical
or not.

Poems and lyrics talk about how time can stand still at certain moments of your life, and how you are able to remember the
exact day and time of such occasions.

 

But what is the meaning behind a timepiece, after all?

In theory, time is an abstract concept. It’s based on something very physical, the earth’s
rotation around its axis, which helps us define time, but it’s still not so palpable.

Timepieces and watches are a way to “carry” time with us. Simply put, it shows our basic desire to live,
it allows us to situate ourselves in time and, consequently, recognize ourselves in the world.

 

What’s the difference between timepieces and watches?

 
Timepiece is not just a fancy name for a watch — or, as it’s also called, wristwatch.

While watches run on quartz batteries, timepieces work through mechanical or automatic wind movements, which provides smoother strokes and allows them to run under harsher conditions.

Most of them also come with a COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certificate, to attest how well they keep time.

Although smartwatches nowadays offer different tools, an ordinary one has just basic functions: time and day. Timepieces, on the other hand, feature what is called complications.


 


In spite of the name, complication is any function that exists in addition to telling time.

Some of the complications a timepiece presents are chronograph, moon-phase, calendar, date window, and a tourbillon.

And forget about plastic when you think of timepieces. The materials used to make them are high-end and durable, such as gold, high-grade steel, platinum, diamond, carbon fiber, and rubies.

This also results in the quality of craftsmanship, and more attention to detail. These characteristics are what make timepieces a true work of art.

More than a luxury accessory, timepieces are an investment :
they hold their value and even appreciate over time.




 

Types of timepieces

 
As mentioned before, timepieces run through mechanical or automatic wind movements.

Mechanical timepieces are driven by a mainspring which must
be wound periodically. The power is generated through a series of gears to power the balance wheel, which oscillates back and forth
at a constant rate. An escapement releases the watch’s wheels, resulting in the movement of the timepiece’s hands.

Automatic timepieces use a rotor, or metal weight, to generate power. The rotor oscillates freely inside the timepiece, and every
time the wearer moves their wrist, the rotor spins. This spinning motion is what’s made into energy that is stored in the mainspring.

Both types don’t require a battery and present smooth movement, but they are also more sensitive to the environment than regular watches. The main difference between them is that mechanical timepieces need to be wound regularly, once a day would be ideal.

Automatic timepieces don’t need this, but they do need to be
stored in a watch winder when not in use.

Designs

 
Timepieces usually come in two different designs: a more minimalistic one, crafted to be worn on formal occasions,
and another that is more jewelry-like.


A minimalistic timepiece, also called dress watch, comes with leather straps that hold the case in place. They are designed to be discreet and easily hidden under the shirt cuff, providing a pleasant and gorgeous surprise when they do show up. These are a fashion accessory for people who prefer the elegance of simplicity.

There are timepieces that are more of a show-stopper. They have straps made out of precious metals and, if it’s your style, they can
be adorned with diamonds, rubies, and whatever  gemstones you fancy. With intricate patterns, they are designed to shine as an exquisite fashion statement.


 

How to choose a timepiece

 
Most timepieces and watches, in general, are designed to be worn on the left wrist. The winding device is placed in such a way that when you wear it on your left wrist, you can easily wind your timepiece without removing it.

That happens because most people are right-handed and don’t use their left hand as much. This makes it less likely for the timepiece to be damaged.

However, there aren’t strict rules about wearing your timepiece on the left wrist, and, although not common, there are designs
available for left-handed people.

 

How to use a timepiece

 
Most timepieces and watches, in general, are designed to be worn on the left wrist. The winding device is placed in such a way that when you wear it on your left wrist, you can easily wind your timepiece without removing it.

A minimalistic timepiece, also called dress watch, comes with leather straps that hold the case in place. They are designed to be discreet and easily hidden under the shirt cuff, providing a pleasant and gorgeous surprise when they do show up. These are a fashion accessory for people who prefer the elegance of simplicity.

There are timepieces that are more of a show-stopper. They have straps made out of precious metals and, if it’s your style, they can
be adorned with diamonds, rubies, and whatever  gemstones you fancy. With intricate patterns, they are designed to shine as an exquisite fashion statement.

 

Ready to have a
timepiece of your own?

Now that you’ve learned about timepieces, here
comes the most fun part: choosing one for you!

At Teresa’s Jewelers, you find a unique selection of timepieces.
We proud ourselves in providing high-quality and durable  timepieces
without letting aside the elegance they should always have.

Our timepieces not only tell you the time but also remind you to
treasure it. Visit us at 223 West 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92701
or  contact us through our telephone number: (714) 834-9277.

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