Swatch’s Gamechanger

Can you think of a swiss made mechanical  for 100 swiss francs? No. Swatch makes it possible with  Swatch Sistem51.

Swatch-Sistem51-2The decade-old brand  launched Swatch Sistem51 at the Baselworld 2013. It’s a fully automated assembly made mechanical movement composed of only 51 components, a 90 hour power reserve and a selling price of no more than 100 Swiss Francs. The movement is an automatic, but in place of the rotor,  it has a transparent disc rotating around a central screw. This allows users to see into the movement and all the intricate details of the 51 components. It offers the advantage of not having to wind the watch every day like an automatic and the ability to see the movement unblocked by a rotor such as in a hand wound watch.

It has 51 components compared to most mechanical watches which have double that number. It’s a great accomplishment indeed.

Interestingly, the material that the movement is made is called ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc with exceptional anti-magnetic qualities. The components are hermetically sealed within the case, preventing moisture of foreign objects from interfering within. The movement itself is 100% assembled by machines. The components are welded together to form an assembly centered around a single screw, and the advanced design of the escapement does away with the need for a regulator. The rate in fact is set in the manufacturing process by a laser, which means manual adjustments are totally unnecessary Top it all off  itcomes with a 90-hour power reserve. What more do you need in life?

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