Some complications are pretty easy to understand. I mean, figuring out how, say, a date window works, is relatively simple. Other complications are nearly impossible to understand without a pretty comprehensive knowledge base and a healthy dose of technical know-how. While not technically a complication if you ask the purists, ultra-thin watches definitely fall into this latter category. At first glance, a slim, time-only movement might look like nothing special, but once you really dig in and start asking questions you’ll realize that there’s much more at play than meets the eye.
Luckily, Jack is here to walk us all through this minefield of watchmaking misinformation. Through a three-part series produced back in 2016, our editor-in-chief starts at first principles, looking at the origins of slim watchmaking, why this is something worth pursuing, and how it has evolved over centuries. He then goes in to point out iconic examples of the discipline, the technical challenges associated with making something svelte and precise, and, ultimately, why this is something you should definitely care about if you’re in any way interested in watches. It’s a deep dive, but at the end of it you’re going to feel like quite the expert.