Movement

The movement is the mechanism of the watch that keeps the time. I use a variety of different movements in my watches and you can choose different types of movements to go into your watch depending on what design you are choosing and how much you’d like to spend.

I currently don’t make the mechanism of the watch myself. I am on a very long road to learn how to build movements myself, with the end goal still a few years away. In the meantime, I offer different movements made in different parts of the world with varying price points to suit different budgets. I do use mostly mechanical movements only because I find them much more interesting than quartz (or battery operated) movements.

One thing to be aware of regarding mechanical movements though, is that mechanical movements are never 100% accurate. There is always some level of deviation in the timekeeping, albeit very small. You will find in my descriptions of each movement how far ‘off’ each movement might be, according to the specifications provided by the manufacturer of the movement. I find that I can generally ‘tune’ or adjust the movements so that they keep better time; this adjustment process is one of several of the testing processes through which I put every watch that I make.

Please also be aware that all of the Swiss made movements shown below are subject to availability.

I also tend to refer to the movements as skeletonized or non-skeletonized. Skeletonization is basically the cutting away of parts of the movement to reveal parts that were previously covered. Generally there is also decoration involved. It definitely makes for a greater visual spectacle and allows for the dials to be partially cut away to reveal the movement beneath.

On a new note, I am exploring the possibility of using Japanese Miyota automatic movements in some of my watches. This does create the need to make some technical adaptations to the architecture of my cases, but I’m hoping to have this option available sometime in 2017.

Here’s a breakdown of the different types of movements I use.

Hand Wound (non-skeletonzied)

These are fully mechanical parts that must be wound by hand in order make them work. Usually these movements need to be wound once a day or so, but can last up to 40 hours (in most cases) on a full wind.

Asian made 16.5ligneThis is the Chinese made (Hangzhou) hand wound movement that I use in my larger sized watches (41mm, 44mm and 45mm diameter watches).  The design of the movement is extremely close to the Swiss ETA 6497 movement. This movement comes standard in all of my non-skeletonized large sized watches.  This movement has:

  • 17 jewels
  • 18000 vibrations per hour
  • blued screws
  • faux Geneva Stripes
  • swan neck fine adjustment
  • approximately 40 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 30 seconds deviation per day
swiss6497plain1This is the Swiss made ETA 6497-1 movement that I can use in my larger sized watches (41mm, 44mm and 45mm diameter watches). This is the plain version of the ETA 6497-1 movement. Movement specs:

  • 17 jewels
  • 18000 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 45 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 15 seconds deviation per day
6497bluedscrewsThis is an example of a decorated Swiss made ETA 6497-1 movement that I can use in my larger sized watches (41mm, 44mm and 45mm diameter watches). Movement specs:

  • 17 jewels
  • 18000 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 45 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 15 seconds deviation per day
  • blued screws
  • Geneva Stripes

Occasionally I can get non-skeletonized ETA 6497 movements with special features such as swan neck fine adjustment, different types of decoration on the plates, different colours for the movement done by electroplating and glucydur balance wheel. Please contact me if you are interested in possibly getting a Swiss movement with upgraded parts.


Hand Wound (skeletonized)

Asiangunmetal1asiansilver1
This is the Chinese made (Hangzhou) hand wound skeletonized movement that I use in my larger sized watches (41mm, 44mm and 45mm diameter watches).  The design of the movement is extremely close to the Swiss ETA 6497 movement. This movement comes standard in all of my skeletonized large sized watches. This movement comes in a silver, gunmetal, yellow gold, or rose gold colour.  Top picture is the gunmetal, bottom one is the silver colour. More pictures to come. This movement has:

  • 17 jewels
  • 18000 vibrations per hour
  • blued screws
  • decoration on movement plates
  • approximately 40 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 30 seconds deviation per day
swiss6497skelsilver1swiss6497skelsilver2
This is a decorated Swiss made skeletonized ETA 6497-1 movement that I can use in my larger sized watches (41mm, 44mm and 47mm diameter watches). Movement specs:

  • 17 jewels
  • 18000 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 45 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 15 seconds deviation per day
  • blued screws
  • decoration on movement plates
swiss6497special skel anthacite2swiss6497special skel pvd2
This movement is a specially skeletonized version of the ETA 6497-1 that I can use in my larger sized watches (41mm, 44mm, and 45mm diameter watches). It comes in a PVD coated (black) colour only at this time. Movement specs:

  • 17 jewels
  • 18000 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 55 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 15 seconds deviation per day
  • blued screws
  • Anthracite plated (top picture) or black PVD coated (bottom picture)

Automatic/Self Winding Movements

asian auto1 asian auto2
This is the Chinese made (Hangzhou) automatic movement that I use in my watches. The design of the movement is extremely close to the Swiss ETA 2824 movement. This movement has:

  • 25 jewels
  • 28800 vibrations per hour
  • radial brushed finish on rotor
  • approximately 32 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 30 seconds deviation per day
ETA2824-2This movement is the Swiss ETA 2824-2. Movement specs:

  • 25 jewels
  • 28800 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 38 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 15 seconds deviation per day

Tourbillon Movements

Regular Tourbillon movement photo coming soon…

This movement is the regular tourbillon movement that I use. It is a Chinese made, Hangzhou tourbillon movement. They come in 3 different colours (silver, yellow gold, or rose gold,) which can be seen through the case back of the watch. The tourbillon cage acts as the seconds hand as the cage rotates once per minute. Movement specs:

  • 18 jewels
  • 28800 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 40 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 25 seconds deviation per day

Skeleton Tourbillon movement photo coming soon…

This movement is the skeleton tourbillon movement that I use. It is a Chinese made, Hangzhou tourbillon movement. They come in 4 different colours (silver, gummetal grey, yellow gold, or rose gold). The tourbillon cage acts as the seconds hand as the cage rotates once per minute. Movement specs:

  • 18 jewels
  • 28800 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 40 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 25 seconds deviation per day

Power Reserve Tourbillon movement photo coming soon…

This movement is the power reserve tourbillon movement that I use. It is a Chinese made, Hangzhou tourbillon movement. They come in silver colour. The tourbillon cage acts as the seconds hand as the cage rotates once per minute. It has a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock and a day/night indicator at 3 o’clock. Movement specs:

  • 27 jewels
  • 28800 vibrations per hour
  • approximately 80 hour power reserve
  • factory specs +/- 25 seconds deviation per day