CHRONOGRAPHY 8: MECA-QUARTZ—IS IT REALLY THE POOR RELATION?

Worn and Wound

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What is it about meca-quartz chronos? They have a knack of getting an opinion from even the calmest, most relaxed of watchies. Like most arguments, it’s simple enough in principle. You can have a mechanical chronograph powered by a mainspring, regulated by a balance wheel and controlled with a set of precision levers, hammers and gears. Or you can have a meca-quartz chronograph, powered by a battery, regulated by a quartz crystal and controlled with a set of precision levers, hammers and gears. But suggest to some watchies that meca has a value all of its own and you might as well have tried to argue that Hublot make tasteful, restrained, classical timepieces.

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