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The time may be accessible in many places, including our phones, but the elegance and ultimate practicality of a watch will never make it obsolete. The style evoked by a watch alone makes it an essential for any jewelry wardrobe. Get to know the basics of watches.

Anatomy & materials

At its simplest, a watch is a watch case and a band. The watch case houses the mechanisms and has a crystal on top that reveals the dial. The band is, of course, what holds the watch case and attaches to your wrist. Sometimes, a band that is metal may be referred to as a bracelet and other materials, such as leather, may be called a strap.

Some ordinary watch materials

  • Alternative metals: titanium, stainless steel
  • Traditional metal: gold
  • Leather
  • Ceramic
  • Rubber and resin
  • Nylon
  • Diamond or crystal accents

Movement mechanisms

Watches have three predominant types, two of them traditional and one of them quite new and modern.

Mechanical

  • Manual models require winding while automatic models rely on the arm motion of the owner, which initiates the winding.
  • Can require frequent maintenance

Quartz

  • Battery operated and no winding required
  • Feature analog or digital displays

Smartwatches

  • Battery operated and intended to be connected with your smartphone
  • Fine watch designers have created designs that resemble traditional styles

Special features

There are a few top additional features when it comes to watches. They are all equally practical and cool. The most in demand include

  • Water-resistance
  • Calendar, tide and moon phase trackers
  • Time keeping (or chronograph) abilities