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The guide to watchmaking complications

Date,tourbillon in a watch,chronograph ... While looking for your new watch, you must have come across these technical terms, but what do they mean? Don't worry, we've provided a guide to help you see more clearly through all of these watch complications. Our guide will cover the following two points:

  1. Definition of a horological complication
  2. The main watch complications


1. Definition of a horological complication

The primary function of a watch is to tell the time, but imagine that many watches, especially men's automatic watches and the automatic watches woman, have other functions! For example, a watch can give the date, display its power reserve, be integrated into a chronograph ... All these additional functions are called watch complications.


2. The main watch complications

  • The date

This is the date display on your mount. The date can be a simple calendar, or a perpetual calendar. For a simple calendar, the date must be set when the month does not include 31 days. The perpetual calendar, on the other hand, allows the date to be displayed by taking into account all the days of the month, as well as leap years.

At Charlie Paris, all our men's watches have a calendar. Besides being a useful complication, the calendar actually makes your wrist look better. We also have the Initial Calendar template, which will give you the date as well as the day and month.


  • The whirlwind

Invented by Breguet in 1801, the tourbillon aims to improve the precision of mechanical watches. Indeed, the movements of the wrist unbalance the balance. The tourbillon corrects these imbalances by imposing a rotation of one revolution per minute on the entire movement.

We have not yet developed a tourbillon watch, but we have recently created the open heart watch for you.


  • The chronograph

The chronograph is used to measure the duration of an event, a task or an activity. It is also a real aesthetic asset to your watch. The chronograph is often confused with the chronometer. The chronometer actually designates a watch movement whose precision is certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Control).

To allow you to measure all your events,Charlie Paris offers you its Horizon chronograph watch.


  • The power reserve

The power reserve complication refers to the length of time your automatic watch will operate without being worn.

All ourautomatic watches all have a power reserve of around 40 hours. The model Initial Power Reserve has the power reserve complication.


  • GMT

As explained in this article, GMT stands for "Greenwich Mean Time". Indeed, it was in the 19th century when Flemming decided to divide the globe into 24 time zones all annexed according to the Greenwich meridian. The GMT complication adds a hand to your watch, giving you the GMT time, which is very handy for people traveling internationally!automatic men's watch