Piece Time — Distinctive Watch Parts, Chapter One: Hands

A watch’s design is the sum of its so-called “appearance parts:” hands, dial, crown, bracelet, and the like. In this first chapter in our series on distinctive parts of watches, it’s all about the hands. Hands in remarkably diverse shapes and styles go back to the early days of watchmaking and clockmaking, and many of these styles are still used today.

Click through the gallery below to see some of the most popular hand shapes used in today’s watches. How many do you recognize?

Next week: Distinctive dials.


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  1. I learn something new every day. Breguet is a set of hands as well as a watch brand.

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