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In order to properly describe the new Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P, you need to know what a “Spring Drive” is first. A “Spring Drive” is defined as a mechanism that was first created by Seiko Epson, a Japanese engineer, whose purpose is to develop a hand that tracks the sweeping seconds that passed, as opposed to the traditional hand that only tracks minutes. The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P perfectly embodies this technology, which is what makes it stand out on the market, while also bringing some new elements to the table that make this watch unique.
The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P is a hybrid model between a quartz watch and a mechanical one. Here is the difference between the two:
- A quartz watch is reliable, requires very little to no maintenance and it is powered by a battery. It is the most common type of watch on the market but for watch enthusiasts and collectors, it is not that sought-after because it has few moving pieces. It is a simple mechanism that has been around for some time and requires little craftsmanship, only a basic understanding of the mechanism.
- A mechanical watch is a more complex version of a quartz watch that involves a lot of precision, craftsmanship and is a lot more popular among watch connoisseurs. It involves a lot of moving parts and it is a wonder to watch.
The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P is a hybrid between the two because it makes use of both systems. A typical watch that comes with a Spring Drive movement has 8 revolutions per second and in the case of a 700P version, we are talking about a 5.33 revolutions per second. It has no battery, but it is very accurate in telling the time, so the disadvantage of the battery is eliminated from the start.
Seiko, the Japanese company that first developed the concept of a Spring Drive movement was the first one to do so and therefore they define the movement. Piaget’s model used the same basic concept, but added small changes to make this model into a luxury watch rather than a typical watch that is designed for everyday use.
In short, it is, as mentioned above, a luxurious hybrid between a quartz watch and a mechanical watch, bringing the advantages of both worlds into one watch.