In many Swiss Watches, there are beautiful pieces of technology, these mechanical timepieces are also called Movements. These timepieces can be purchased by a watch brand from various suppliers such as ETA, or a watch brand produces the timepiece itself. A timepiece that is produced by a watch brand itself is also called a “manufacture” or “in-house” movement.
Brands such as Omega, Breitling, Rolex, Patek Philippe and IWC develop and produce their own timepieces. While brands such as Tissot use a timepiece from a supplier in most cases. The largest supplier of single timepieces is ETA, this Swiss replica manufacturer makes reliable timepieces on a large scale. By using these timepieces, a watch brand can therefore produce a properly functioning watch for an accessible price. It is nice to see that smaller replica watch manufacturers such as replica magic are in full development.
But why do watch brands develop in-house movements?
More and more watch brands develop their own work because they no longer want to be dependent on ETA. In addition, it may be that they want to make something more beautiful than a “standard” timepiece. Often we see that timepieces provide more technical than a standard clockwork from ETA.
For example, Breitling has done it for five years to develop a unique clockwork. The caliber 01 chronograph timepiece by Breitling is such an in-house movement. Unlike many other ETA chronograph timepieces, this timepiece has a power reserve of more than 70 hours. A standard timepiece has a reserve of 40 hours. Meanwhile, Breitling uses this timepiece in the Navitimer, Chronomat, Transocean, and Breitling for Bentley series.
Omega has developed the Caliber 8500, also a technically advanced piece of technology. This all-in-one Omega timepiece also runs longer than many standard timepieces. But the finest detail is the regulator, the balance, of the watch. This part is made entirely of Silicon and therefore anti-magnetic. Magnetism, caused by many electrical devices around you, affects the accuracy. In contrast to metal, the most used material for the balance, silicon is not sensitive to this. So the watch is even more accurate. Omega now uses these timepieces in most Seamaster and Speedmaster watches.
Is an in-house movement better?
This question can not be answered unambiguously. The standard timepieces from ETA have a very good price-quality ratio. They have evolved over the years and are very interesting in terms of price due to the volume in which they are produced. Are you looking for even finer technical details, then an in-house movement of replica Omega, Tag Heuer replica or fake Breitling watch is a very nice choice.