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Glossary of watchmaking

Mechanism

Mécanisme | 機構/キコウ | 机械装置

A configuration of parts to perform a function.

The watch is a mechanism whose various parts are themselves mechanisms, each with a specific function.

Chronograph mechanism: combination of parts to start, stop and reset the chronograph hand(s).

Repeater mechanism: combination of parts that triggers the striking mechanism and activates the hammers.