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A watch. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary ” a portable timepiece designed to be worn (as on the wrist) or carried in the pocket”. Or as defined by the Cambridge dictionary “a small clock that is worn on a strap around the wrist or, sometimes, connected to a piece of clothing by a chain”. Nowadays a watch most likely refers to a wristwatch designed to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet, including metal bands (often called armis), leather straps or any other kind of bracelet. Decades ago watches usually where in the form of pocket watch: designed for a person to carry in a pocket, often attached to a chain.

Watches progressed in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks. During most of its history the watch was a mechanical device, driven by clockwork, powered by winding a mainspring, and keeping time with an oscillating balance wheel. These are called mechanical watches. Mechanical watches usually have various extra features called “complications”, such as moon-phase displays and the different types of tourbillon. Expensive collectible timepieces, valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping, often have traditional mechanical movements, even though they are less accurate and more expensive than more modern electronic variants (quartz watches or smartwatches).

The electronic quartz watch was invented in the 1960’s. The quartz watch is powered by a battery and keeps time with a vibrating quartz crystal. By the 1980s the quartz watch had taken over most of the market from the mechanical watch. Historically, this is called the quartz revolution (also known as quartz crisis in Swiss) and resulted in many traditional watch manufacturers and watch brands going out of business. Most electronic quartz watches include features such as timers, chronographs and alarm functions. Most quartz pieces are inexpensive and medium priced.

In the digital era developments include smartwatches, which are elaborate electronic devices designed to be worn on a wrist and with sophisticated computing capabilities. They generally incorporate timekeeping functions, but these are only a small subset of the smartwatch’s facilities. Probably not even the most relevant of them. Smart devices usually incorporate calculators, GPS and Bluetooth technology or have pulse (heart-rate) monitoring capabilities, and some of them use radio clock technology to regularly correct the time.

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