Hi I have never
own a watch I use to check time on my cellphone, until my girl friend bought me
a watch on my birthday last year and I must say I never leave my watch. I
really fallen in love with watches I want to collect them. Reading your blogs I
know more and more about watches. Can you please explain what is a swan neck
and what is used for?
Swan neck is a
part used to regulate the pace by adjusting the length of spring – the shorter
length of spring, the faster harmonic motion of balance wheel, thus speed up
the pace; the longer length of spring makes balance wheel’s motion slower, thus
slow down the pace.
Widely used in
19th century pocket watches, the vast majority of modern watches do not have
swan neck. It is not a pre-requisite to regulate pace, instead it is
human’s appreciation for the beauty of tangible jewelry products.
At the present
time, swan neck is symbolic of German-made timepieces, which prefers 3/4 silver
plate polished in Geneva stripes, decorated by red jewels and gold chatons.
Closely resembling a swan’s neck, a swan neck is more of artistry than
factory’s SB18 is China-made movement in closest similarity to these
classic elements that represent watchmakers’ respect
for traditional craftsmanship and aesthetic appearance.