Mechanical watches function on the principle of the spring system.
* If your watch is a manual-wind watch, you must turn the crown to wind the spring.
* If your watch has an automatic mechanical movement, the automatic winding system oscillates depending on the movements of your arm and this action winds the spring.
If you are less active or do not wear your watch very often, it is possible that the watch may not be wound enough for it to function properly. You must therefore help it a bit by turning and winding the crown a few times. Whether it is mechanical or automatic, your watch can slow down or speed up according to its use. Changes in its functioning can also occur according to the stationary position of your watch. If your watch slows down or speeds up on a regular basis, a Cartier Watchmaker can make an alteration to correct its functioning. As for quartz watches, they belong to the world of electronics. They do not have a balance; the timing element is a quartz crystal. No matter what the watch’s position may be, its precision will always be the same. Its source of energy is a battery.