Are you thinking about buying an automatic mechanical watch, but are not quite sure about the maintenance required to keep it ticking? Let’s take a look at the basics of automatic watch winding and review a few stunning examples by Filippo Loreti.
Automatic watches are the gold standard in the luxury watch world right now, with all the major brands offering exciting new releases powered by this popular and advanced movement. But how do they work exactly? And is an automatic watch the right choice for you?
In this article, we’re going to find out what an automatic watch is, learn more about the intricacies of automatic watch winding, and check out some stunning automatic watches by the ever-innovative and affordable Filippo Loreti brand.
Ready? Let’s go!
What is an automatic watch?
Most luxury watches feature mechanical movements - spring-powered, intricate, and delicate constructions that are a proud tradition of watchmaking going back centuries. This technology has been overtaken in recent years by battery-powered quartz watches. However, for purists, there is no question which kind of movement they prefer. It simply has to be mechanical.
The only problem with a traditional mechanical watch is that it needs to be taken off daily for manual winding to keep it going. For some, this is not a problem. You might like the hands-on nature of manual winding and the authentic feel of keeping time. For others, though, it can be a hassle and a chore.
Automatic watches are the perfect middle-ground for watch lovers who want the craftsmanship and tradition of a mechanical movement, but still want the ease and convenience of a quartz.
Automatic Watch Winding
Automatic watches are self-winding, meaning that the mechanical movement is able to wind itself via a tiny moving weight made from a heavy material like platinum or gold, which steadily swings as the wearer moves their arm back and forth. This transfers energy to a power reserve, keeping the watch wound if you wear it frequently.
Voila! Your watch is able to work forever, using only the natural power of your motion.
However, after a few days without use, winding an automatic watch by hand will still be necessary. Keep this in mind if you only wear your watch for special occasions, or have a collection of watches that you interchange regularly.
Automatic Watches by Filippo Loreti
At Filippo Loreti we have made luxury automatic watches much more accessible through its direct-to-consumer business model. Rather than pass through an expensive and unnecessary middleman, you order your watch from the our company’s website. Then it is made especially for you and delivered to your door, straight from the workshop.
This model has proven to be incredibly successful, with watches of astonishing quality now easily available to amateur horologists, collectors, or simply people who love to own a sophisticated and stylish timepiece.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Filippo Loreti’s automatic range, which features watches that are most commonly compared to brands in the $1000+ range.
Sounds too good to be true? Let’s have a look at some of the very best on offer!
1. Rome Blue Gold Automatic Watch
All of Filippo Loreti’s watches are inspired by Italian style, history, and culture. All of these things are perfectly captured in the Rome Blue Gold Automatic watch, a classic design of understated elegance and cultured beauty.
The Rome has a clean, minimalist dial that features Roman Numerals and a discreet date display box. Don’t let this simplicity fool you though - a sophisticated Japanese Miyota 8215 automatic movement reliability powers this beautiful timepiece, giving you guaranteed precision for a lifetime.
This particular style is notable for its stunning blue and gold combination, conjuring images of the Italian Riviera with its sea, sunshine, and sports cars. If it’s timeless class and cultured sophistication you’re looking for, this automatic is for you.
2. Venice Rose Gold Blue Automatic Mesh Watch
For something a little more modern, let’s head over to Venice. This is one of Filippo Loreti’s most famous watches, and the one that the company is perhaps most associated with.
With a busy dial featuring a handy power reserve indicator, useful for knowing when your automatic watch requires motion for self-winding; a unique day/night indicator with medieval sun design; and day of the week, date of the month, and month of the year wheels, the Venice has everything you need to keep you right up to date.
The color scheme brings a cool and mysterious air to an otherwise arty timepiece, creating an interesting combination of sporty and elegant. This automatic is ideal for the gentleman who appreciates the finer things in life but likes to live a little dangerously too.
3. Arsenal Black Gold Automatic Watch
Another black beauty, the Arsenal Black Gold is a maritime-inspired gadget lover’s dream. With 8 different automatic functions seamlessly integrated with a sporty aesthetic, you can expect complex dial features such as a power reserve indicator, date display, day of the week wheel, month wheel, and 24-hour indicator.
The Arsenal’s maritime roots are seen in a ship wheel design that has been incorporated into the transparent case back, through which you are able to witness the intricate interplay of cogs and rotors that power your automatic watch. Cool, huh?
This is one of Filippo Loreti’s newest and most ambitious designs and is ideal for the adventurous man who loves the cool and sophistication of James Bond-level gadgetry.
4. Skeleton Silver Navy Automatic Watch
Finally, we turn to one of the most unique and interesting status watches you are likely to encounter, the Skeleton.
This Skeleton was purposefully designed to showcase the beauty and complexity of a mechanical watch, with a dial consisting of ‘bones’ which allow a view into the heart of its Seiko NH70 movement. Turn it over and you’ll also find a transparent case back, giving you a full appreciation of the myriad processes that occur to power your cherished timepiece.
This elegant silver/blue color combination brings a classy feel to an otherwise attention-grabbing watch, perfect for the man who isn’t afraid to make a real statement with his fashion choices. If you’re looking for a watch that’s guaranteed to be noticed and admired, the Skeleton is for you.
It’s impossible to look beyond Filippo Loreti for absolute quality at affordable prices. If you’re in the market for a luxury watch that combines the best of classical mechanical movements with Italian style and state-of-the-art craftsmanship, consider one of these stunning automatic watches for your next purchase.
And the best part? They are all currently on sale! Head over to our automatic watch collection to check them out for yourself, and snap one up while you can!