I read that 85% of all watches today use a quartz mechanism, and I've run into a number of Vacheron Constantin that run on a battery-operated quartz system. Further, I've noticed that all of the VC quartz (that I ran across) were women's models.
I realize that quartz is an artless (but highly accurate) mechanism, and after about 25 years the whole mechanism has to be replaced and there's the matter of having to replace the battery. The mechanical, I learned, could last indefinitely given the proper care.
I know a little about the introduction of quartz movement and the general state of the watch business when quartz was first used, but why would watches of haute horlogerie still create these movements in light of their pedestrian and common base?
Also, why would Vacheron Constantin (and others) only create quartz watches for women? The range in price I saw was from $6k to $32k—a fairly steep range—and yet for the same prices one could get a mechanical or automatic.