From the 16th to 18th centuries, pocket watches were the primary means of telling time for the upper classes. As pocket watches were usually carried vertically in the pocket or at the waist, the balance wheel was subject to the constant force of gravity as it swings backwards and forwards, causing the oscillation to decrease gradually, affecting timekeeping accuracy. In 1795, the Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet found a solution to this issue by inventing the tourbillon, a device that designed the balance spring, fork lever and escapement to operate on the same axis and rotate 360 degrees during operation, thus reducing the timing error caused by the gravitational force on the watch mechanism and ensuring the highest accuracy of the timepiece.
With its extreme technical complexity and rarity in assembly and finishing, the tourbillon, regarded as an art piece in the industry, has been expensive and exclusive in production. Each tourbillon watch is made up of more than a hundred tiny parts, requiring a high degree of technical skill, so watchmakers who possess tourbillon assembling skills are numbered, and very few watchmaker masters possess the knowledge and skill to assemble them. Therefore, the tourbillon is known as the "King of Watches", symbolizing collector's value and artistic taste, and has also become synonymous with luxury watches.
KNOW-HOW AND CRAFTMANSHIP
The Tourbillon is one of the world’s top three most sophisticated mechanical watches. No more than 30 watch manufacturers in the world possess this technology. To manufacture one tourbillon, it takes a combined effort of 30 watchmakers on average and undergoes 2,000 procedures, and a total of 18 different metal materials to build up. In general, it takes 6 months to produce a tourbillon watch from scratch, but thanks to a mature production line, it takes only 2-3 months for Memorigin to produce a current watch model.
Memorigin has an independent research and development, and manufacturing plant for all kinds of cores. Established in 1972, the factory has accumulated rich and extensive experience in over the years, resulting in highly efficient production capacity and stable quality. The entire factory and office area covers more than 40,000 square meters and is one of the largest tourbillon manufacturers in the world.
The factory has achieved the following accolades:
No. 1 in the national quality assessment of mechanical watches
Regarded as national prioritized production unit
Named as national "High-tech Enterprise"
The country's first watch factory to realize mass production of tourbillon
The only watch factory in China that has not stopped production for a day
Successfully developed an automatic mechanical watch movement with 7000-type long-pow
er and high-vibration frequency. Ability to last for more than 80H in a single winding operation
Top quality certificate issued by the authoritative Japan watch testing center
Recognitions in quality
Memorigin had a rigorous quality test of its tourbillons by the world’s top Watch Repair Professional at the renowned Osaka watch testing center - Watch Repair Master. The test consists of a time accuracy test of six directions (left, right, up, down, face up and face down) and a waterproof test. The result was astounding as both the time accuracy and water-proof test reached a level of excellence by world-class standard.
We were awarded the top-quality certificate (daily error of less than 10 seconds) by the prestigious Japanese watch certification institute, which is equivalent to the technical certification of the Swiss chronometer. Since then, Memorigin has become well known in the Japanese watch industry due to its value for money, ultimately contributing to Memorigin’s success in the Japan market.