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April 25, 2015

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Ulysses

I get the strangest feeling you might be planning to sell some of those quartz pieces, based on the way you feel (or don't feel) about them.

I'm on the other side of the fence. I agree with all your points about quartz, but that makes it harder for me to justify purely mechanical watches. Ten times the cost for less convenience and accuracy? I'm quite anal about accuracy. Even as a kid, though I knew the "men" wore mechanicals like my father and grandfather etc, and even though I coveted them, I still found it irritating that the watch would be out by seconds per day.

It makes me wonder if there will ever be a quartz-based watch that can form a "bond" with the user, whatever that means. I have asked myself what constitutes that relationship. Is it energy independence? Something powered by the user alone? Well, the Kinetic watches are powered by the user too, but it doesn't seem like a good enough reason to fall in love with quartz. Is it because an automatic involves precision engineering? So do some high-end quartz timepieces - i'm thinking of mecaquartz-based watches that contain wholly mechanical modules to provide chronograph functions that are comparable to the modules used in fully automatic modular movements. Maybe we love the precision engineering that goes into automatics, but then just as much precision if not more so goes into crafting a complex quartz watch, when you consider the processor inside is made of microscopic components, and the quartz oscillator has to be cut and crafted with exacting precision to give it the perfect resonating properties. Maybe it's just because we can't see the effort that went into the quartz watch because it is a "black-box".

I have been thinking about how to make the quartz watch more appealing to customers for a while now. Some time ago I saw a project by a guy who recreated a quartz movement but without any chips - just passive discrete components (resistors, transistors etc).

http://gizmodo.com/some-very-patient-genius-soldered-a-digital-clock-from-1688271201

The thing ended up being huge but it worked well enough. I imagined a watch where each component (which is often based on mineral substances such as graphite or silicon) could be constructed in a more beautiful way so that each component resembled precious stones, and yet all strung together in the right way could be made to tell the time. That way every part would be large enough for us to enjoy and appreciate - the black-box would be gone and we'd learn to appreciate what remains the superior time-telling technology available today.

Angelo

I wouldn't list those beautiful quartz watches for sale just yet. You have vacillated on this issue previously. I remember you favoring automatics a few years ago then coming around to the advantages of quartz. Even recently, you acknowledged the anxiety over servicing schedules for automatics---the price for service sometimes rivaling the purchase price of lower priced autos. Unless you somehow keep all automatics in motion and running----each time you decide to wear one, the crown needs to be pulled out (or unscrewed as the case might be), the watch set, forget the day and date since you'll only be wearing it one day----then a few shakes for the road. In contrast, with the quartz, you pick it up and put it on and leave your house. Sure, every once in a while, you notice the time is wrong and you have a dead battery. In that case, you pick another one instead and have the battery replaced when you get around to it----then you're good for a few years with that watch. I have both types. I also have hand winding mechanicals. I like them all. I would postpone selling until more time passes.

herculodge

For the record, I won't be selling any quartz watches any time soon. If in 6 months, I find that some aren't getting wrist time, then perhaps. I'm not desperate to get rid of them or fund any 2-5K Grail. Such a grail of course would be an auto, but that's far off.

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