You have a right to individuality, but it can be easily lost among the global clamor in this age of uncertainty. The threat of environmental catastrophes dominates the public discourse. The cultural shift towards a ‘Green’ agenda opens many avenues for individuals to take part in saving the environment. One easy and effective way to take action is by changing the style of watch you wear, which helps you express your individual identity while being part of something bigger.
The Mechanical Difference
For 50 years, the design of mechanical watches has remained the same. What’s changed is the use of high technology and modern materials. The innovation helps people catch up to the environmental crisis. Mechanical watches function through a movement-the mechanism responsible for keeping time. As the watch or the watch wearer moves, a wound spring stores the kinetic energy, and then releases it to power the watch. This implementation of Green technology sets mechanical watches apart from ordinary ones.
The Green Effect
Energy is one of the most urgent issues surrounding Green technology. Renewable sources of energy are sought to reduce pollution and environmental damage. The energy releasing spring eliminates the need for a watch battery. These batteries commonly contain silver, mercury, and other harmful elements. With the watch wearer as the source of energy, there is no chance of environmental damage. This allows watch wearers and manufacturers to actively support the global concern of environmental salivation, without compromising reliability.
Mechanical watches can run precisely and accurately for a lifetime. Since you’re the power source, when you don’t wear the watch for a day, it may stop, but Orient simplifies this through a power reserve indicator- a gauge on the watch face, specifying the amount of power left. One full winding of the spring typically provides 40 hours of power. However, some can brands store power for many days. Yet, the longer a watch functions without any power regeneration, the greater the chance that watch’s movement will stagnate and distort time.
Some companies implement in-house movements. These companies install a watch’s movement themselves, rather than importing the movement from a supplier. This ensures the watch functions according to the company’s specifications and meticulous designs of renewable energy.
Some Leading Power Reserve Watches
Seiko “Men’s Kinetic Date”
This watch ranges from $225 to $395. In reviews, it’s noted for its affordability and “comfortable positioning” on watchuseek.com forum. Some reviews also expressed concern about the watch’s durability, based on the outer IP-Coating. Most watches in the Seiko Kinetic series offer the power reserve indicator as a separate function. They still require batteries with a rotor attached, similar to automatic watches; however, the batter is recharged via motion. The battery will have to be replaced every 7 to 10 years. While it does last longer, it’s also 10 times more expensive than a traditional quartz battery. It may benefit you to use and replace a quartz battery as needed, rather than pay high prices for a kinetic battery. The Seiko Kinetic watches are available through online retailers such as Princetonwatches.com. You should be cautious when purchasing a mechanical watch that’s susceptible to external damage, which could render the inner mechanism faulty.
Orient Power Reserve Watches
OrientwatchUSA.com offers mechanical watches in an array of colors and styles, such as the “Automatic Power Reserve Semi-Skeleton” collection, which includes the popular CFD0E001W. It has a power reserve indicator on the watch face, and is water resistant up to 50 meters. All Orient Power Reserve watches are made with in-house movements and range from $235 like the CEX0R001B to $495 like the CFHAA001B. These watches have received positive reviews on the watchuseek.com forum. They are noted for their “textured dials”, their “bold look” and their precision to “within one second” of the accurate time. Orient Power Reserves deserve consideration from those wanting a convenient, sophisticated, watch, capable of impressing in any situation you might be in.
Chopard Millie Miglia Series
These watches can range from $2,500 to $4,400. They’ve received positive reviews on retail sites such as NexTag.com. Most watches, such as the Chopard Mille Miglia Watch 16/8915-102, received strong reviews for its sporty and sleek style, reminiscent of the brand’s partnership with an Italian Car rally. These prices demand serious consideration of the watch’s style, design, aesthetic, and durability. Having one broken or dissatisfying watch can damage your outlook on all types of watches.
Mechanical watches deliver technologically advanced time pieces suited for the values of today and tomorrow. But an affordable watch that lends itself to any occasion, while helping you help the environment, is a watch worth buying; it’s tailored for individuals, with everyone in mind.