Bridges

The bridgesBridges The bridges of a watch movement are the metal plates that hold the wheels and other components of the movement in place. They are attached to the main plate of the movement with screws. They are used to cover the gears and other moving parts of the movement, and help to keep them in position. Bridges can be used to support the balance wheel, the escapement, the mainspring barrel and other elements. Combined with the mainplate they are the foundation of any watch movement. [Learn More] of a watch movement are the metal plates that hold the wheels and other components of the movement in place. They are attached to the main plateMainplate The mainplate holds all the components of the watch movement together and forms the base of the watch movement. The mainplate is typically made of brass. It serves as the foundation for the movement, and all the gears, wheels, and other components are attached to it. It holds the jewels and pivots in place, and also serves as the base for the bridges and other structural components. [Learn More] of the movement with screws. They are used to cover the gears and other moving parts of the movement, and help to keep them in position. Bridges can be used to support the balance wheelBalance Wheel The balance wheel is a component of a mechanical watch movement that oscillates at a consistent rate. It receives a small impulse from the pallet fork, which is part of the escapement mechanism. The balance wheel is connected to a hairspring that controls the rate of oscillation of the balance wheel. The balance wheel and hairspring work together to keep accurate time. The oscillations of the balance wheel drive the timekeeping functions of the watch. The balance wheel is a crucial component of a mechanical watch movement. [Learn More], the escapementEscapement The escapement is a mechanism in a mechanical watch movement that regulates the release of energy from the mainspring and keeps the watch ticking at a steady rate. The escapement is made up of two main components: the escape wheel, which is a gear with peculiar teeth, and the pallet, which is a lever that works in conjunction with the escape wheel. The escapement is responsible for the ticking sound of the watch, and more importantly it ensures that the watch runs at a consistent rate. Every time the escape wheel rotates forward, it locks and unlocks with the pallet, allowing a small amount of energy from the mainspring to be released. This causes the balance wheel to oscillate and the watch to tick. [Learn More], the mainspringMainspring The mainspring is a spiral-shaped metal spring that stores energy in a mechanical watch movement. It is located inside the barrel, a cylindrical container. The mainspring is wound by the wearer, either manually or automatically, through the movement of the wearer's wrist. The mainspring is the source of energy for the watch, and the tension in the mainspring determines the power reserve. The mainspring unwinds over time, and the watch will stop running when the mainspring is fully unwound. [Learn More] barrelBarrel The barrel is a cylindrical container that holds the mainspring. The barrel is connected to the winding mechanism. The winding mechanism rotates the barrel, which in turn winds the mainspring. [Learn More] and other elements. Combined with the mainplateMainplate The mainplate holds all the components of the watch movement together and forms the base of the watch movement. The mainplate is typically made of brass. It serves as the foundation for the movement, and all the gears, wheels, and other components are attached to it. It holds the jewels and pivots in place, and also serves as the base for the bridges and other structural components. [Learn More] they are the foundation of any watch movement.

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