Why buy a steampunk pocket watch ?
by Le costumier De Bourges on Apr 25, 2021
Let's put ourselves in a little historical context to visualize and understand the time of people in ancient times. With the stars as reference points, which will define the seasons, we will start using the hourglass. Naturally, the sun and the candle will also be used at night. The candle which will allow during a theater for example, to define the beginning and the end of a first act. A reliable way to count the hours, although a bit constraining.
An accessory appeared in the 16th century when mechanical elements began to be refined, the Pocket watch. The gusset is this small pocket located in the interior of a jacket and which therefore allowed to store the watch. In addition to its function of measuring time, it was long considered a accessory in its own right. The most affluent people had watches that matched the clothes of the time, especially the costume, they were used to distinguish men and assess the rank of the latter in society.
This bijou was admired and in the eyes of its owner was priceless. According to traditions, a watch was among the inheritance of a man, to be passed on from generation to generation. That's why nowadays, a rare few still own an original Pocket watch.
The bracelet watch and pendant watch for men or women?
Historically men only wore pocket watches. Early wristwatches and pendant watches were reserved for women. The smaller size was nice, but the accuracy was sorely lacking, making it therefore mainly an object of fashion and refinement.
It was not until almost the First World War that we saw a radical change in this custom. Indeed, on a battlefield, to synchronize the squads and especially the first planes, soldiers began to use them for its practicality where one could monitor at a glance the time on his wrist. Having become indispensable, the wristwatch then experienced an intensive industrialization, gradually making our beautiful vintage and steampunk watches disappear (well not quite fortunately).
Quartz or mechanical, manual or automatic?
When you turn the wheel: if it turns in a vacuum it is a quartz watch. If you feel a little resistance it is a mechanical watch. The quartz watch has a battery and will last less time since it has electronic components.
There is the mechanical watch with manual winding or the automatic mechanical watch. The mechanical watch with manual winding: it is necessary to regularly wind the watch manually by turning the crown..
The automatic mechanical watch: the watch is wound by the movements of its owner's wrist. A rotor or "masselotte" (half disk) turns on its axis with each movement and winds the timepiece. However, it is still possible to wind it manually.
Why wear a manual wound watch
Now we all have our phones or connected watches... but there's nothing like a watch with work on it in the end, which admittedly cost a little more but is a great object, sometimes a transmission of time. It's a beautiful legacy to pass down from father to son, mother to daughter.
Look at modern items as they are disposable, rarely lasting more than five years. Watches made in the rules of art, with rubies and other precious stones used, prevented the weathering and movements from stopping and breaking. The materials used were very very strong.
here you go, give yourself a pocket watch simple and pretty at first, you will learn to appreciate this outdated and precious object and will also become like us passionate about these accessories out of time that goes so well with the steampunk.