Technical cooperation is a win-win transaction sum

This year’s Basel watch show , I think a lot of people certainly impressed one thing, that is, Breitling and Tudor exchange movements , and why everyone is very concerned about this matter children, even I also felt a little weird? Because in the past years, the brands are either self-produced movement busy, get busy market, it has been a long time without the big two interchangeable main thing there was movement, not to mention there are foreign media broke the news in recent Breitling you may want to sell, this happens this time, many people began to suspect that Rolex is not to take over the Breitling. Of course, this is ultimately a rumor, but also reminds me of a thing, is to watchmaking circles seems to have been for a long time does not appear so big “scale” of technology sharing, and in recent years because of the market, more and more brands tend to self-produced movement and apply for their own patent, or emphasize the exclusive, and thus establish a brand image.

 Tudor MT5813 automatic chronograph movement (from the Breitling B01)

Despite our popular, is Breitling exchange Dili rudder movement, but from the official point of view, is to develop, because in fact not directly interchangeable, each fact, has done a lot of changes. This is very interesting, the development of cooperation between the last century, all the major brands, is a very normal thing, and therefore the birth of many to this day still has prominent products, such as born in the 50s of last century, a thickness of only 1.64 mm ultra-thin manual movement by Jaeger-LeCoultre , Replica Watches  Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin cooperative development. Another example is the 1960s, Breitling, Hamilton , Buren, TAG Heuer together to develop the first self-winding chronograph movement Caliber 11. In addition, there are many examples, some of which are still used because, so to disclose too much.

Jaeger manual movement 803 thin (thickness of only 1.64 mm)

After the Group of watchmaking were integrated technical cooperation have occurred within the group, the first for a few examples. In 2013, Tissot and ETA to develop the Group’s most important basic movement Powermatic 80, was when the long power become a hot topic in mechanical watchmaking basic function of the past, the company’s main ETA movement, dynamic storage are 42 hours or 48 hours, while the movement may Powermatic 80 with 80-hour power, greatly improving the everyday practicality. This movement was used in Tissot Luxury watches TAG To Series, the market is full of doubts about this movement at first, but today this movement has become a lot Swatch under our brands as standard. In Tissot launched a year later, according to different brand positioning, Replica Breitling  with different levels of movement, assigned to Mido , Han Milton and Certina brands such use, and formed a certain gradient in the price.

Tissot Movement 80

More than that, in 2016, ETA also offers a higher version 80 of the movement, the use of silicon springs 80 movement, first of all mounted on Mido and Tissot among both brands, and to promote, as the year 80 Tissot movement in the momentum, we have reason to believe that with mature technology, silicon springs will also be in the near future, become the same movement as the 80 Swatch Group movement of the main standard, but it is used only in relatively high-end products.

Mido Caliber 80 silicon balance spring movement

Speaking of silicon springs, long before the Swatch Group have been using silicon springs, Breguet , Blancpain , Jaquet Droz such as a public high-end brands are in use, and the Omega of the main movement of 8500 and 9300 series movement, are using silicon springs. As of last year, dropping silicon springs, and this year’s Longines Record Series monocrystalline silicon balance spring, we believe that this is a longitudinal technique Swatch Group extends from top brands up to ordinary brands, from high technology to ordinary silicon silicon material, silicon springs according to different levels of itself, to be distributed among all levels of the Group’s brands, thus completing a large-scale technical upgrade.

 Omega Nivachoc shock

Another detail is that the main force of the Omega coaxial movement, are used Nivachoc shock absorbers, the shock absorbers at the time also considered to be the exclusive Omega, Omega although not explicitly emphasize the shock absorbers, but it does to some degree, the Omega autonomous movement and other movement area separated. This year Longines launch Record series watch , the surprise is to see this watch Longines also used Nivachoc shock absorbers, and has been used in Longines before the movement have been confirmed, even in Hamilton It has also been used. This new technology extends downward, to let the people – and in the end under the brand Swatch Group has a higher price and technological content.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC four digits are used to display the calendar year

In addition to internal Swatch Group shared a lot of technical outside, Richemont, LVMH Group, KERING, internal watch factory technology sharing also exist, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre 868 calendar module and the Palais 51613 Movement calendar module, some Richemont brands tourbillon is Cartier tourbillon designer Kasapi design.

Technical cooperation to a certain extent, can allow the market to enjoy the benefits of scale in order to cultivate the market, brands can take to get funding, while improving quality, is clearly a sum of wishful trading.