How it used to be before “all in-house”: Shock-protection

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Today we see a lot of joint ventures, suppliers of parts, sub-contractors, streamlining of production process, etc. in the production industry… All with the goal of cutting costs.

That results in for example car brands within the same group share parts, chassis, sometimes almost the whole car is the same, just different brands on the hood…

Except in the watch industry! Here the trend is going the other direction – “true manufacture”, “all in-house”… More and more brands use that as a sales pitch!

Before the whole “in-house” trend started, watch manufactures used suppliers for different parts and focused on their area of expertise: assembling the movements and completed the watches.

To me, the in-house trend is a double edged sword…

Yes, it is a good feeling to have a watch from a manufacture who made all of it and not only half. A manufacture which can vouch that all parts have been made correctly and with the same high quality standard and control…

That feeling have a price. The price tag on the watch is of course higher…

But, there is another aspect to this – if we put the economical part aside and only look at the craftsmanship…

What would you think is most likely to be the best – a part made by a company which solely is focused on making that part. Their whole profession and expertise is concentrated on that part only.

Or do you think that a company who makes all parts needed for a watch and make the assembly, are the best expert in making all the parts?

One good part with all “in-house” is that there are no “lowest bidder” contracts…

Erismann-Schinz S.A – shock-protection manufacture

Parechoc S.A. one of the more famous actors in the shock-protection business.

Which vintage watch collector have not encountered a watch with a Parachoc- or a Kif shock-protected movement?!

Parechoc S.A – Kif Shock-protection manufacture

Below is just one example of many brands that used Parechoc S.A. shock-protectors in their movements…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 916 – one of many using Kif shock-protection

The shock protecting system is just one very small part of a movement, but a very essential part for the movements accuracy.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 916 – shock-protection system marked in red

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 916 – Kif elastor shock-protection system

Here mounted in the Jaeger-LeCoultre E 875 Speedbeat, Calibre 916.

Jaeger-LeCoultre E 875 Speedbeat, Calibre 916 – shock-protection system marked in red

Food for thoughts…