We do because we can

The world’s thinnest mechanical wristwatch may have only 167 parts, compared to the 269-part tourbillons and 407-part minute repeaters his colleagues contend with, but the fact of the matter is that ultra-thin watches featuring nothing more than the hours and minutes qualify as extreme complications in their own right… More here.

It is hard to believe that a 2mm thin mechanical watch is possible, but it is. Still makes little sense to me though.

5 thoughts on “We do because we can

      1. Ah, I get that. I’m sure nanotechnology could be used Too make smaller mechanical things. This is probably right at the limit of old-world craftsmanship.

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