Timepiece Movements

What is a Wrist Watch Movement?

A Movement is the term given the mechanism that puts the hands on a timepiece into motion. It ensures the minute hand moves at one speed, the second hand at another and so on. It has long been a point of discussion among experts in the field of timepieces as to which is the most accurate and what the benefits are and drawbacks of the different options available. Overall it is quite subjective.

Different movements work in different ways. Some use a battery, others are wound up and some are automatic and use the motion of the wearer as a source of power. In addition, whilst all relatively accurate, they can and do differ in detailed accuracy which is another important factor to consider.

Mechanistic and Autonomous Timepiece Movements

This group of movements include moving parts that are conducted with the help of a spring. The main spring gradually de-ravels and generates precise amounts of tension and pressure on the relevant elements of the watch. This is why historically pocket watches were wound up on a daily basis. Some argue that the winding of the watch adds to the pleasure and enjoyability of using a mechanistic timepiece.

To mitigate the requirement for winding up your wrist watch, the automatic movement was born. Automatic watches use a weighted rotating element that winds up the spring as the wearer moves. This particular movement removes the need for a battery which is very useful. However, this type of movement does need to be serviced once every 5 years to ensure its reliability and accuracy is maintained.

Electronic and Quartz movements

A very common choice for a wealth of more modern timepieces the quartz movement works in a different way to a mechanical timepiece. Powered by electricity, the quartz movement features limited moving parts and are propelled quite simply using power from a battery. At the heart is an electronically stimulated oscillator which is kept in sync with a specialised quartz crystal. When the electricity moves through the crystal it causes a pulsation that maintains a very precise frequency of movement. This power is then precisely divided using a sophisticated circuit board between the different hands to allow for the varying speeds and precision of time.

The Royale Timepieces Movements – Mechanical Automatic

Believe it or not we know a thing of two about watches. As a result we make sure to only select watches that meet our guidelines in terms of movement quality and type. This is why our entire collection features automatic mechanical movements unless stated otherwise.

Our Perpetual automatic mechanical movement remains invisible to the wearer. Only Royale-certified watchmakers are certified to be able to access it and our Movements all feature high grade chronometric performance capabilities. Ultimately our movements are each unique and resemble that of a magnificent miniature universe, a myriad of shapes, forms, volumes, colours and surfaces, always made with loving care, and in keeping with the Royale watchmaking Mission and ethos.