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    Just some thoughts about the f9

    Just a bit of a rant,

    First like all the members here I am interested in high precision quartz. But I’m also interested in high accuracy and cutting edge quartz and mechanical horological pieces. I think this forum (being tightly focused) has always been a place for high precision quartz, but we use to embrace new and novel quartz technology much more, but I suspect those days are gone.

    No doubt achieving quartz COSC precision of a quartz watch is quite a technical achievement, but is the precision of a vibrating rock the only the measure of cutting edge technology? Is it more advanced than RC, RX, or Bluetooth? The production of the thinnest quartz watch? Just to name a few things that are questioned here.

    We discuss TC a lot because that’s what’s offered but is the TC employed by these watches even the most practical or advanced approach?

    Compensation is an inelegant approach to the problem of temperature or anything for that matter. The ideal approach is thermal insensitivity. To put it in easily understandable terms here, not much respect for a watch that requires constant hacking to be accurate is there, TC employs the same approach.

    There are various quartz cuts at specific angles that show great stability at pretty broad temp ranges, but there seems little incentive shown by watch companies to push the envelope with new technologies.

    Heck we don’t talk about it or seem to care.

    I think this forum is all in on high precision but disregards the importance of accuracy. Without a good reference clock and great reflexes you might as well have a pendulum, hour glass or egg timer. They can display incredible levels of precision.

    The thing is the question all time pieces are meant to answer is “do you have the time?” not how many seconds your watch has varied this year. The fact that a connected watch can do this exceptionally well should be embraced and discussed on this forum, not just merely “tolerated.”

    In addition to time the jewelry aspect and fine craftsmanship technical complexity of a Campanola is excluded here. It’s a shame that we ignore that since there is no, and never has been, a practical use for a HAQ watch, but there is always place for a intricate well made watch in a collection.

    Like I said at the outset, I don’t expect this rant to change anything here.

    Most of the long term members here are happy to graph their watches for years waiting for something to happen, post the next tweak to a dial or case using the same old movement, discuss for a bunch of pages when a new movement is introduced by Citizen or Seiko till it comes out, and call out any watch that isn’t HAQ.

    That’s all good, just a little food for thought, for the 15 or 16 people who routinely contribute here.

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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    I think the major concern has been power consumption. The XY cut is very good at low frequencies and can be cut small.

    And let's look at the 0100. $7000. Fine, some of this is intro pricing and limited, first editions and that sort. A lot of it is probably amortizing the R&D expenses. Still...do any of us anticipate the price on anything with a 0100 to drop below, say, $4000 (new street) in the next 10 years?

    How many companies would be willing to consider the R&D to develop a quartz watch at this price point? Citizen is aiming for a top, top position in quartz...the Chronomasters for accurate AND with high-end looks, the ED One and 0100 for technical superiority. Swatch won't do this; risks undercutting the mechanical side. Ronda probably won't do this any time soon, as they've not even tried to go into the TC marketplace. Seiko might, I suppose, but they're pulled in 20 different directions at once, or so it seems. New Spring Drive Presages...Presages at baby GS price points...more pressure to evolve their movements. They MIGHT decide they need a higher-freq quartz, but it seems unlikely.

    There isn't a push for a better HAQ when there's no push for the *current* ones...or we'd see vastly more OF them. It's not price, either, except at the very lowest end of the market...the Certinas show you can do an F-series PreciDrive model for no serious price premium.
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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    I'm not sure I get the point OP. Do you want to change the defining terms of this subform?

    There is no accuracy to speak of herein. What time is it anyway? Nobody knows. Precision is the point.

    Is not the Citizen 0100 a massive recent advance?

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    I cannot agree that there is no accuracy.

    There is the local time we all agree upon. Deviation from this time means late meeting and planes flying off without you.

    The purpose of a watch is to bring you to places in at the same time as the time of local events.
    The purpose is not to run at a predictable speed, but be way off compared to the rest of the crowd.

    Hence I argue we care about accuracy. And we do not care about precision.
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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    Quote Originally Posted by Chasy View Post
    I cannot agree that there is no accuracy.

    There is the local time we all agree upon. Deviation from this time means late meeting and planes flying off without you.

    The purpose of a watch is to bring you to places in at the same time as the time of local events.
    The purpose is not to run at a predictable speed, but be way off compared to the rest of the crowd.

    Hence I argue we care about accuracy. And we do not care about precision.
    You fundamentally don't understand the difference. Anyway, +/- 1spy, which is now the standard in independent time keeping is sufficient. I want someone to better it anyway in a practical design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandrese View Post
    You fundamentally don't understand the difference. Anyway
    Amen.

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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    Quote Originally Posted by jandrese View Post
    I'm not sure I get the point OP. Do you want to change the defining terms of this subform?

    There is no accuracy to speak of herein. What time is it anyway? Nobody knows. Precision is the point.

    Is not the Citizen 0100 a massive recent advance?
    I can't find the defining terms of this subforum, I seem to recall that when they use to be available that we were also interested in all advances in quartz technology. Perhaps Ron could post them and make them a sticky. That would be of value to folks visiting here.

    Absent that, sure why not rethink the defining terms here. We did it before, this use to be the "High End Quartz Forum" not the HAQ forum.

    As far as time we do know what time it is, on Wall Street the difference in milliseconds can equate to differences in stock price and millions of dollars in the execution of a trade. So accurate time is critical, the trade be it a "short" or a "long" needs to be executed exactly at the opening of the offering.

    Which leads me to the cal 0100s, yes its quite an advancement, but the time it displays is only as good as whoever sets it. Set poorly (inaccurately) it will precisely display the same wrong time.

    By the way, Citizen doesn't refer to this watch as the most accurate watch in the world, they refer to it as "The most accurate solar watch." Apple on the other hand says they are the most accurate watch in the world.

    Should also say the use of the way the word accurate as used with watches is historical dating back to mechanical watches. Since there was no such thing as a connected watch the words precision and accurate were used interchangebly, and definately not from a scientific definition for these terms.

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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    When this subforum was labeled "HEQ" (Hig End Quartz) it was aimed to high accuracy but also to costly quartz. But as years go by it focused more on accuracy and I was among those people who suggested the change of the name in High Accuracy Quartz. While a simple name doesn't necessarily state everything, in my opinion nowadays the F9 is too tightly focused on accuracy. Alas, the technical advancements have not been so great so we are still discussing about TC that is here since a lot of time and honestly there is not so much to talk about. This also because the manufacturers don't say anything about their methods and new watches are hard to find. Seiko and Citizen (the most important manufacturers) don't show new movements, 0100 set apart which is anyway too expensive and rare. ETA with its Precidrive line is actually selling the HAQ for everyone but technically speaking is a step back. CSAC as for now too big and energy consuming. RC/GPS/BT are fine but they are inelegant and require and external time source not always available.

    About the definition of accurate and precise, these 2 words are scientifically defined and it has been debated a lot about them here on WUS. Unfortunately the commercial communication uses "accurate" in many ways and so it happens when we talk about HAQ.

    Since not so many news are coming, in my opinion I would be a lot inclusive becausewe risk to have nothing interesting to talk and we also risk to be so focused about technical aspects that alot of us (especially me) will be cut off.
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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    What I've always found interesting about this movement is the "trimming" screw... Ive never seen anything posted about whether this is something that can actually be DIY'd.
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    Re: Just some thoughts about the f9

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic-Matt View Post
    What I've always found interesting about this movement is the "trimming" screw... Ive never seen anything posted about whether this is something that can actually be DIY'd.
    Are you talking about GS 9F movements? I used the trimmer to adjust the rate of mine. I have also used trimmers to adjust the rate of vintage HAQs from Crystron 4 Megas to Seiko Twin Quartz and an old Omega. With the old ones you have to have a very steady hand but with the GS movement the trimmer is digital and each notch equates to an adjustment of about 6 SPY.

    I often despair of the 9F, with its woefully outmoded feature set, but the presence of the trimmer alone (to say nothing of the finishing of the watch externally) always makes a GS my preferred choice over the equivalent Chronomaster. I just cannot stand the fact that an expensive HAQ either has to go back to the factory or else cannot be adjusted at all if it is off-spec.
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