Watch Education: Understanding the use of Rubies in Movements

  We have gotten a lot of questions from readers about rubies used inside watch movements, so we thought it was high-time to address the issue. Essentially, when a mechanical watch movement is said to have a certain number of jewels in its composition, those jewels are predominantly synthetic rubies created especially for watch movements…

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Watch Education: Understanding Watch Crystals

This week, we continue with our educational insight into timepieces: this time, with a look at the watch crystal — the clear cover that goes over the dial and protects it. Generally there are three types of crystals used in watchmaking: sapphire crystals; mineral crystals; Plexiglas (often called plastic) or hesalite (acrylic) crystals.  Depending on…

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Watch Education: Understanding the Difference between Automatic and Hand-Wind Watches

Recently, we here at ATimelyPerspective received an email from one of our newer readers – someone really interested in learning about watches from the ground up. It got us to thinking; maybe not everyone really knows timepieces to the same degree. This week, we will continue our sessions on watch history and watch education –…

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Weekend Sojourn: Rolex Awards for Enterprise Remind Us of the Plight of the World

By Samantha Walsh Just last week, in London, five people with potential to change the future of the world were chosen as winners of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. After sorting through 3,500 applicants from over 150 countries, an independent jury of experts deemed the following 5 people, and their life-changing plans, as worthy of…

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