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    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2014 edited

    Great moments in Watch History


    The luxury timepiece has become a
    universally sought after collectable by people who love fashion and a great
    investment alike. Throughout history there have been several key moments in the
    world of watches that have stood out and truly pushed the industry forward.


    Great Moments in Watch History


    In the late 1500's timepieces were largely
    controlled by a system of weights and pulleys.  
    This advance in technology suited large stationary clocks just fine, but
    were not well-suited for portable timepieces.   Late in that century, rudimentary springs and
    movements were developed – giving birth to the first watches.


    Although they became gifts bestowed to
    kings and queens, the first generation of watches were not accurate timekeepers
    by any stretch of the imagination.   In
    fact, most only had an hour hand and had to be wound several times throughout
    the course of the day in order to function properly.


    The 1600's became known in watch history as
    the "Age of Decoration".   That
    is largely because watches were used almost exclusively by the wealthy as a
    glowing accessory – and not to tell time.  
    During the period some of the most beautiful (or some would say garish)
    watches were created in Germany – decked out with jewels and gold befitting the
    elite members of society who wore them.


    In the 1700's watch designers working in
    England developed the spiral spring. This innovation took luxury watches such
    as TAG Heuer
     level as they allowed (for the first time) individuals to
    measure time in minutes in addition to hours.   With King George II firmly behind the
    technology, watches became a more regular sight on the streets of London and
    across Europe.


    In the year 1761, engineer John Harrison
    developed what would become the world's first chronometer – a development that
    would help ships keep time and their bearings at sea.   In the years to follow, the chronometer
    would be reduced in size and incorporated into modern watch design.   This would greatly increase the accuracy of
    fine timepieces moving into the 19th century.


    It was during the latter half of the 20th
    century that electronics (and digital watches) pushed the classic mechanical
    watches out of our consciousness.  
    Digital watches were inexpensive to produce, easy to read and even
    easier to maintain.   But just when
    things appeared darkest for the handcrafted luxury watch or fashion watch like Michael Kors Watches high-end market.  Suddenly, watches had
    become a status symbol again – and the demand for Italian, German and Swiss
    watches around the world has remained to this day.