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balance wheel

n.
1. A wheel that regulates rate of movement in machine parts, as in a watch.
2. A stabilizing influence.

balance wheel

n
(Horology) a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece, thereby regulating its beat

bal•ance

(ˈbæl əns)

n., v. -anced, -anc•ing. n.
1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
3. the ability to maintain bodily equilibrium.
4. mental or emotional steadiness.
5. an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan.
6. the remainder or rest.
7. the power or ability to decide an outcome.
8.
a. equality between the totals of the two sides of an account.
b. the difference between the debit total and the credit total of an account.
c. unpaid difference represented by the excess of debits over credits.
9. preponderant weight: The balance of the blame is on your side.
10. the harmonious integration of components in an artistic work.
11. a wheel that oscillates against the tension of a hairspring to regulate the beats of a watch or clock.
12. (cap.) Libra.
13. (in a stereophonic sound system) the comparative loudness of two speakers.
v.t.
14. to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise: to balance a book on one's head.
15. to arrange or adjust the parts of symmetrically.
16. to be equal or proportionate to.
17. to add up the two sides of (an account) and determine the difference.
18. to weighin a balance.
19. to estimate the relative weight or importance of.
20. to serve as a counterpoise to.
v.i.
21. to have an equality or equivalence; be in equilibrium.
22. to be in a state wherein debits equal credits.
Idioms:
1. in the balance, with the outcome in doubt or suspense.
2. on balance, considering all aspects.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French; Old French < Vulgar Latin *balancia, for *bilancia < Late Latin bilanx with double scales < Latin bi- bi-1 + lanx metal dish]
bal′ance•a•ble, adj.
syn: See symmetry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.balance wheel - a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machinebalance wheel - a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
horologe, timepiece, timekeeper - a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
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If not, the hairspring within the balance wheel could become damaged and your watch could start losing or gaining time rapidly, or even stop.
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Its new hairspring works together with its variable-inertia balance wheel to guarantee a precision of -4 to +6 seconds per day.
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The chronograph minute hand moves in jumps, making it easier to read, and the watch can be synchronised with great accuracy thanks to the device which stops the balance wheel and zeroes the seconds hand when the winding crown is pulled out to make the relevant adjustment.
An enamel dial, elaborate numerals and revolutionary balance wheel held in place by magnets help this Breguet stand out from the crowd.
It is fitted with the device for stopping the balance wheel when synchronizing the watch and the system for rapidly adjusting the hour hand, which can be moved forward or backwards without interfering with the running of the seconds hand.
The ExoTourbillon, a Montblanc invention that has the tourbillon cage disconnected from the balance wheel and located outside the movement base plate, has finally come to a women's collection, having previously graced the Villeret, Heritage Chronometrie and TimeWalker collections.
Our technical team has put the balance wheel on the dial side instead of the backside so you always have something moving when you look at your watch.