Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.
great choice mike, i almost covered my screen with jizz!
Quite right about the distinction between precision and accuracy. The classic science-and-engineering-course example illustrates the concept clearly:
However, high-end makers neither claim nor deliver better precision — or accuracy — than their more common counterparts.
Once you can produce a movement that's capable of a consistent rate of plus five seconds a day (precision), it's trivial to adjust/regulate it to stay dead-on (accuracy). Isochronism and rate stability — i.e. precision — is by far the more difficult part, and that's where a manufacturer like Rolex excels.
No high-end company claims to make better movements because of better timekeeping precision; that would be foolish. They're finer and more costly simply because of the amount of skilled labour that they incorporate. A boring ol' machine-finished movement can be made with tighter and more consistent tolerances if the manufacturer is willing to invest in the production resources and quality control that it requires. With the delicate tasks of assembly, truing and adjustment done by hand in the case of Rolex, you get the best of both the mechanical and skilled-labour worlds as far as timekeeping results are concerned.
The empirical results discussed in the "Inside COSC" article on TZ support this, along with COSC director Jean-Pierre Curchod's assessment:
Since mechanical movements are inherently anachronistic, a certain level of imprecision is accepted. It's remarkable how good the results for the lovely horlogerie movements can be, all things considered. But don't expect them to deliver better timekeeping results than mass-produced ones; that's not what it's about.
It depends on which Portuguese you're talking about. The Portuguese chrono (as posted above) does not use an in-house movement. The upside of that is that it is likely to be more accurate. Whether it is foolish to expect your high end watch to run accurately is a question I will leave to you.
You would be a more useful contributor if you had the ability to recognize intentional overstatement and to distinguish fact from opinion.
Returning to porn, have a peek at this IWC. Elegance on the wrist. Chances of being confused with a hockey puck = zero. Badass mall ninja factor = zero.
I am loving two-tones watches at the moment. This is great, and the Breitling posted earlier is amazing.
Do you know of any online resources / examples to take a look at?
Back to porn. For my buddy RogerP - since you went strap I thought I'd even out the universe and go bracelet.
Eek that 50th anniversary, bad watch to go out on IMO.
Lookin' good rnguy. The cosmic forces are once again in balance.
More pedestrian Speedy here
Epaulet - that is a great looking watch.
DAMN YOU SPEEDY OWNERS!!!!
Thought I'd contribute to the Portuguese thread. To be honest more accurate than my BP. Prettier too. Go figure.
^^^ That would be on my wrist every time I wore a navy suit or blazer. Sweet.
Yes roger but you would undoubtedly not be on time!
Thanks for all the kind and informative comments btw guys.
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