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Understanding the importance of care in some ways, the care and maintenance of a watch can be compared with that of a car.

Just as one would expect to have their care checked at regular intervals, this is what must be done with a timepiece.

Like cars, watches of course contain mechanical components, albeit considerably smaller, a simple self-winding mechanical movement has between 150 and 350 parts.

These components require regular, though not frequent, attention.

As with a car engine, certain parts simply need to be cleaned and re-lubricated to ensure they do not wear down, potentially necessitating more serious repair work in the future.

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A Proper Fit
Ensure that your watch is fitted properly on your wrist. This improves the efficiency of the winding system and avoids premature wear of the links of your metal bracelet. Avoid wearing several watches or items of jewelry on the same wrist, as doing so risks scratching the watch and metal bracelet links.


Regular Winding
Even if you have not worn your timepiece for a while, you should wind your mechanical watch (self-winding or manual-winding) at least once a month. For a manual-winding watch, turn the crown until it resists, without forcing it. For a self-winding watch, we recommend at least 30 turns of the crown. This helps keep the movement components well lubricated


Periodical Controls & Services
The movement and the water resistance should be checked periodically. Water resistance seals exposed to the environment (temperature differences, acidity, amongst others) should be replaced every two to three years depending on wear and tear. This routine water-resistance service is the only way to protect the heart of your watch from dust and humidity.


Magnetic Fields
Throughout everyday life, we are often exposed to magnetic fields that may cause timepieces to run slower, excessively fast, or even stop. If necessary, a simple demagnetization process can be performed by a professional watchmaker, before resetting the time.

Water resistant watches

Swimming with Water Resistant Watches
Before swimming, check that the crown and push-pieces are fully screwed down. Aside from crowns on our "Diver" models, crown and push-pieces should not be activated while submerged in water. After swimming in salt water, rinse the watch with fresh water.


Cleaning Water-Resistant Watches
Clean your watch and its metal bracelet regularly with warm water, rinse with fresh water, and dry with a soft cloth. This simple gesture limits the abrasive or corrosive effects of the chlorine, seawater, sand and perfume.


Corrosive Materials
Avoid all contacts with corrosive materials (acid, perfumes, carbonated beverages, etc.) as they are likely to damage the water-resistant seals.

Things to be mindful of

Leather Straps
Leather straps should not be submerged in water as water will wear them out faster. This does not apply to rubber or metal straps.


Dates & Calendar
Avoid correcting the date, month or lunar cycle in the afternoon or evening. Similarly, avoid manipulating the annual or perpetual calendar outside of the time ranges recommended in the watch manual.

AVOID

Avoid all contact with corrosive materials (acids, perfumes, lacquers, carbonated beverages etc) likely to damage the water resistance seals.

Avoid submerging a watch fitted with a leather strap, even if it is water resistant, as you risk damaging the strap.

Wearing several watches of items of jewelry on the same wrist risks scratching the watch and metal bracelet links.

Limit the time your watch is exposed to sources of magnetic fields that may cause it to run slow, excessively fast, or even stop.

If necessary, a simple demagnetization process can be performed by a professional watchmaker before resetting the time.

Watch out for thermal shocks or high-intensity accidents. Although some models are designed to be worn in an active sports life and are capable of resisting thermal differences, immersion and micro-shocks of daily life, this type of impact may compromise the proper running of your mechanical movement.

Avoid correcting the date, month and lunar cycle in the afternoon or evening.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRONOGRAPH AND CHRONOMETER

A chronograph is simply a watch with a build-in stopwatch feature. It`s likely to have one or more sub-dials or a small liquid crystal display (LCD) panel to keep track of the elapsed time. Chronographs have extra pushers in addition to the crown for the stopwatch start/stop and reset functions.

A chronometer is a very accurate (usually) mechanical watch with a high grade movement. The movement has been finely adjusted at the factory in several physical positions and temperature environments. A chronometer is almost always accredited and certified be either the watch manufacturer of by independent standards laboratories such as the Swiss based COSC (Contole Officiel Suisse des Chronometres). Rolex is probably the world`s most well known chronometer certified watch.

In other words, a chronometer may not necessarily be a chronograph and a chronograph may not necessarily have the qualifications of a chronometer. However, it`s possible for a chronograph watch to have the chronometer status.

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