It’s time to rethink the anatomy of a classic wristwatch.
Whether mechanical or quartz, a typical wristwatch is made up of a few standard components that are assembled in a precise manner. On the outside is the case which is made up of the case band or case middle, the bezel with crystal on top, the caseback underneath, and the crown and push buttons on the sides. Within this structure sits the movement, a labyrinth of individual parts numbering anywhere from over 100 to several hundreds, secured with casing rings. A dial with hands often sits under the crystal above the movement, and straps are either attached to the lugs or integrated with the case.
This is the core structure of a classic wristwatch. For better or worse, it’s the one that works and the one that is almost universally followed – almost because there are always brands trying to be different. Most recently, brands such as Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet and Piaget have successfully unveiled all-new designs that may alter your perception of luxury watches forever.