If for a vast majority of people the most important criterion in choosing a watch is its external appearance, it is also worth looking at the heart of the watch: its movement.
Indeed, the movement is still a key element when choosing a watch, since it will have a direct impact on the performance of your timepiece. However, in the world of movement manufacturing, two countries are opposed: Switzerland, the cradle of watchmaking and Japan which, over the years, has established itself as an essential player.
One can then ask whether the Swiss movements are better than the Japanese or whether, on the contrary, it is better to favor the Japanese ?
In truth, it would not make much sense to choose a winner since everything will depend on what you are looking for and what is priority in your eyes : aesthetics, price, complications, precision, robustness…
While it is difficult to say that one is better than the other, the Swiss and the Japanese are still different in their approach to creating movements.
In order to help you in your choice, we have selected for you the main differences between the Swiss and the Japanese movements.
Historically, the Swiss country remains the cradle of watchmaking and therefore rightly enjoys a very good reputation and a unmatched prestige. It is for this reason that even today the majority of luxury watches are equipped with Swiss movements.
The most famous and important Manufactory is the company ETA, founded in 1793 and owned by Swiss giant Swatch. ETA movements are among the most recognized around the world and equip not only the brands of the Swatch Group, but a huge number of other brands, not having the opportunity to make their own movements, including very large luxury houses.
Swiss movements are known to be extremely accurate and reliable. However, what distinguishes them above all are their finishes. During the productions, everything is thought out in every detail, from the color of the materials to their shapes. Such attention to detail makes movements aesthetically more beautiful and complex. Another notable difference is the hand Assembly for some calibers, in order to obtain impeccable accuracy.
The main negative of the Swiss movements remains their very high price, which can be explained by hand assembly, limited production volume and prestigious image of the country.
Don't worry though if your budget is smaller, it doesn't mean you have to give up quality !
Since the 1950s, the Japanese watch industry has been competing with the biggest names in Swiss watchmaking, thanks to its production method combining productivity and quality. The two best-known Japanese manufactures are Seikoand Citizen. The two giants produce an impressive volume of moves each year and supply both mid-range brands and luxury homes.
The strength of Japanese movements lies in a very different mode of production from the more traditional Swiss: the movements are assembled by fully robotic production lines. This makes it possible to provide a precision that a human could not have with the naked eye. It is for this reason that theJapanese movements are recognized worldwide for their reliability and very good value for money.
If in terms of performance these movements easily rise to the same place as the Swiss, the Japanese movements are generally less worked and naturally more crude. The most purist watchmakers consider these movements to be aesthetically less interesting but they remain very attractive to a large number of people.
As a result, Japanese movements are a good alternative between Chinese movements, cheap but unreliable, and Swiss movements that are highly regarded but expensive and just as reliable as Japanese movements.
As we said at the beginning of the article, everything will depend on what you are looking for your watch, there is no "perfect" movement ». At Charlie we have chosen to integrate mainly Japanese movements into our watches, since it is important for us to offer you products with a good value for money.
If the majority of our watches, quartz or automatic, are equipped with Japanese citizen Miyota movements, this does not mean that we are limited to the movements of this manufacture. Depending on the created Watch model and the desired performance, we will choose the most suitable movement. This is how our watch Automatic Concordiais equipped with a Swiss movement ETAand that his version quartz is equipped with a Seiko VH31 Sweep Secondrather than a Miyota move.
No matter which model of Charlie you choose we guarantee you an impeccable quality and an excellent value for money !
At Charlie Paris, our mission is to offer you watches that are both sober and remarkable, with an excellent value for money and a responsible manufacturing. Our watches are "Made in France" because they are designed, designed and assembled and France with high quality components. We offer French watches for man and for woman with different levels of tightness and with quartz or automatic. Do you have any questions ? Our team is at your disposal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at09 67 41 12 37.