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  • A Watch is a portable timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person.
  • A wristwatch is designed to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet, including metal bands, leather straps or any other kind of bracelet.
  • A pocket watch is designed for a person to carry in a pocket, often attached to a chain.
  • During most of its history the Watch was a mechanical device, driven by clockwork, powered by winding a mainspring, and keeping time with an oscillating balance wheel.
  • In the 1960s the electronic quartz watch was invented, which was powered by a battery and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal.
  • Historically, this is called the quartz revolution .
  • Developments in the 2010s include smartwatches, which are elaborate computer-like electronic devices designed to be worn on a wrist.
  • For mechanical watches, various extra features called"complications", such as moon-phase displays and the different types of tourbillon, are sometimes included.
  • Most electronic quartz watches, on the other hand, include time-related features such as timers, chronographs and alarm functions.
  • However, expensive collectible watches, valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping, often have traditional mechanical movements, even though they are less accurate and more expensive than electronic ones.

Vocabulary

the watch
die Uhr