What about Quartz?

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.

Its a question of ease of use. Until very recently mechanical women's watches
02/05/2016 - 11:05

were not selling.

If I generalise, men are just more interested in the mechanical aspects and women in the practical aspects and needing to wind and set a watch seemed a deal breaker thus the use of quartz

Re: What about Quartz?
02/08/2016 - 05:04

Watches have certainly come into widespread use

thanks to invention of quartz watch.

However, I believe the value of mechanical watches

will continue forever.



Re: What about Quartz?
02/08/2016 - 12:05

What models of VC are quartz?

Quartz Women's Watches
02/08/2016 - 22:52

The VC ones I've seen have all been women's. Alex noted the VC went to quartz for women primarily because they didn't like either the mechanical or automatics.