As a guy it’s all about watches and gadgets! Some of us out there are concerned about the accuracy of our watches. Frederique Constant has released a tool that helps you do this called the Watch Accuracy Measuring Clip. With this new clip and the SwissConnect Analytics App, users can measure the accuracy of their mechanical watches. Previously, such measurements were possible only by watchmakers using professional instruments. Time Measurement Devices are normally extremely expensive and complicated to use. However, with the Frederique Constant Analytics clip, watch owners can measure the accuracy of a timepiece easily and efficiently by themselves; and in line with our Accessible Luxury philosophy, Frederique Constant presents Analytics at a very attractive price.
The hallmark of a great timepiece is accuracy. A measure of accuracy is a measure of value. Each mechanical timepiece has a tiny Balance Wheel that acts as a pendulum. Every oscillation back and forth should take exactly one second. But if the Balance Wheel mechanism is off by just a matter of a few degrees, the accuracy of the watch will suffer.
To start measuring the heartbeat of the timepiece, the ingenious Analytics Clip must be placed on the watch and the user must launch the SwissConnect Analytics App, available for iOS and Android. Within seconds, Frederique Constant Analytics measures the accuracy of the watch. It measures the precision of mechanical watches, with an accuracy of at least ±0.2s/day.
An oscilloscope shows the audio waveform in real time. The result is plotted in a chart, which can be saved for later reference.Also, Analytics can record and save a long-time measurement, e.g. for 12 hours, to analyze the long-time performance of your watch.
Frederique Constant Analytics supports a wide range of frequencies, covering almost all mechanical watches available on the market. In case the user doesn’t know the watch’s frequency, a frequency auto detect function is available on the app.
Frederique Constant Analytics connects to the Cloud. When the user measures a watch, data is saved to his or her cloud account. Accuracy measurements can be tracked over time on a dashboard. Frederique Constant encourages every user to monitor their watch collection and record all measurements. This will enable them to follow their timepieces over the years and detect when each should be serviced.
Frederique Constant offers a growing knowledge base on mechanical watch accuracy, maintenance and service. There are various reasons that the accuracy of a mechanical watch changes over time. Particularly the balance spring can change in strength from the micro-stresses to the metal they are made of. Moreover, watch escapements are lubricated with oils, and as those oils age, the rate of a mechanical watch changes as well.
Backup and restore
Once the user has registered his or her Private Account, the Analytics app will back up the watch’s measurements to the cloud and keep data available anywhere. The user can easily restore data if he or she switches to a new smartphone.
I like the idea and what it does. It’s a little to cumbersome looking. I am sure over time it will be a more minimalist design.
The measuring clip will be available at Authorized Retailers and through the company’s website.