For a long time, the movement of mechanical movements was limited to two days. With the lapse of time and technological progress, its autonomous performance is gradually improving, and now there is no need to wind it up again. Continuous operation for three, eight, or even ten days is no longer a patent of the elite circle. This is a major trend in the watchmaking industry: the longest power reserve continues to climb to new heights, and the records of the past are successively broken; at the same time, the types of movements with 70 to 240 hours of power reserve are becoming more abundant and the price is getting more and more People-friendly, moving towards a simpler, broader and more practical direction.
For a long time, the 45-hour power reserve is standard. It is less than two days from the full-string state to the end of kinetic energy, and the accuracy of the last few hours is often unsatisfactory. After being full last Friday evening, it won’t last until the next Monday morning. The need to rewind at the beginning of the work week is an important psychological reference point. The power reserve is too short, which means that when gardening or sports activities on the weekend, the wearer also needs to take care of his watch.
Hamilton watch with 80-hour power reserve automatic movement, affordable and very practical
Chopard watch with 01.01-C basic movement, 60 hours power reserve
Watches equipped with a power reserve of two days or more are often expensive and sometimes even expensive. With 72 hours of Lange, the eight-day power reserve of Chopard, Panerai and Henry Moser, the movement is exquisite in workmanship and excellent in performance, yet the price is prohibitive.
Bvlgari Finissimo ultra-thin movement, only 2.23 mm thick, 70 hours power reserve
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari titanium carbon fiber watch with Unico movement, 72 hours power reserve
But things have changed now. The first is the advent of a new generation of movements with 60 to 70 hours of power reserve. And not all movements are expensive. The Hamilton H30 movement can provide 80 hours of power reserve, which is very affordable. The self-made movement MT5621 introduced by Tudor also has a power reserve of 70 hours. Prior to this, Chopard was also 01.01 The -C basic movement is equipped with a 60-hour power reserve. While successfully expanding the movement’s mainspring capacity, it insisted on reasonable pricing so that customers would not be left aside.
Tudor watch with MT5621 movement, 70 hours power reserve
Zenith watch with Elite 6150 ultra-thin automatic movement, power reserve up to 100 hours
This trend also extends to the high-end market. Hublot’s unique Unico movement directly increases the power reserve to 72 hours. The Bulgari-made Finissimo ultra-thin movement is only 2.23 mm thick and has a power reserve of up to 70 hours. Zenith’s new 6150 movement, equipped with a dual barrel, provides 100 hours of power reserve. Although not cheap, it represents a key step in the evolution of Zenith Elite movements for more than 20 years, and it also reflects the inevitable trend of the entire industry.
Panerai watch with P.5000 movement, eight days power reserve
Oris 110 movement power reserve for ten days, reasonable price, bring the biggest surprise
The trend continues to spread, Panerai P.5000 movement achieves eight-day power reserve, strong applicability, and the price is comparable to models that can only provide three-day power reserve. When the biggest surprise came to Pride, the 110 movement with a single barrel has a power reserve of up to ten days and the price is very attractive. I wonder if this is enough to cause more high-end brands to pay attention to reconsidering the pricing strategy of such movement watches?