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.