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In the earliest years of the wristwatch, the ultimate challenge for Switzerland's finest craftsmen was not the development of overly complex complications, but rather the miniaturization of existing mechanisms. One must remember that the wearable wristwatch is a rather recent development--dating to less than 100 years ago--while the larger pocket watch dates to the mid-17th century. Thus, the sign of any great watchmaker was the ability to achieve what one could do with little difficulty in a 50 mm (or larger) pocket watch, but require much greater precision in a sub-40 mm wristwatch. In fact, some of the most valuable vintage wristwatches include the earliest iterations of complications purpose-built for wristwatches at their smaller scale, instead of those converted from mechanisms for larger pocket watches. The most dedicated collectors in the world have an appreciation for the elegance and integrity it requires to produce thin, small movements; many astute buyers all but discount any new mechanism that isn't executed with the level of craft shown here, once again proving that true watchmaking is about artistry on the inside and outside of the timepiece.

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Title Annotation:ON TIME
Publication:Surface
Date:May 1, 2014
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