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October 20 2006 at 4:22 AM
J.Chong  (Login J.Chong)

Response to Reasons For The Vertical Clutch

A vertical clutch has functional/performance merit. The fact that it is "a simpler way to manufacture a chronograph" (as John mentioned above) is an additional bonus.

The key here is that something that is simpler to manufacture isn't always worse (as illustrated by the vertical clutch). Similarly, something that is cheaper to manufacture (by virtue of being simpler) is not necessarily worse. Yet the suggestion made is that something that is "easier to build" or "cheaper" is worse or "held in lower esteem". I think it is this suggestion that John takes objection to.

The "Deans" answer gives me the impression that complexity is a good thing in watches. The more parts it has the better. Isn't that the antithesis of good watch engineering? I thought that for a given purpose or design goal, the simplest/least complex design able to achieve that goal is to be preferred.

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