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balance wheel

A stabilizing component. It is often found in a clock or watch. If we don't add something to act as a balance wheel, I think this whole structure may collapse. The jeweler told me that my watch needs a new balance wheel.
See also: balance, wheel
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The American light-vehicle buyers, with their economic balance wheels cheerfully clicking away, have embraced the lower transaction prices, not by saving, but by buying bigger and fancier units.
The national balance wheel will be recalibrated, once again, out of a sense of our cultural imperative.
The assurance of universal freedom and equality, the promise of a social balance wheel, the conception of a Providence that delighted in the happiness of man - all became the stuff of what Sacvan Bercovitch calls the "ritual of consensus.
This latest model, the collection's first automatic-winding piece, incorporates an ultra-lightweight silicon balance wheel welded to solid nickel elements and boasting silicon micro-blades that increase the watch's accuracy by steadying the amplitudes of each oscillation.
It is fitted with the device for stopping the balance wheel when synchronising the watch and the system for rapidly adjusting the hour hand, which can be moved forwards or backwards without interfering with the running of the seconds hand.
The diamond-polished balance wheel and skeletonized bridges ensure transparent visibility extending to the very heart of the watch.
This inner balance wheel is one reason that Warren Buffett, our most brilliant modern business tycoon, likes to say that no matter how severe an economic downturn may seem, investors have never made a mistake betting on the ability of the American system to recover.
The description is rather technical, but no less interesting: It has a small revolving carriage housing the escapement and balance wheel that is designed to release the movement from the grip of gravity by counter-balancing its resulting disturbances and enhancing the isochronism of the balance wheel.
The gear train runs vertically in a linear format connecting the two barrels at six o'clock to the balance wheel at twelve o'clock, and endowing the movement with its pyramid structure.
A hairspring and balance wheel beat back and forth, connected to components called a palette form and an escape wheel, which convert these beats into discrete pulses.
It took 500 hours to build and is even set in a moving cage to protect its delicate balance wheel from the Earth's gravitational pull.
Meanwhile, the watch collection being showcased at the exhibition are new inventions that have special features such as big balance wheel for accuracy, energy saving models, day and night indicators and new exciting designs.
9000 calibre has a diameter of 13 A" lignes and is fitted with two barrels which ensure a power reserve of 72 hours; the single-piece rotor winds in both directions thanks to an automatic ratchet device; the balance wheel with adjustment screws, oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz; the stop balance wheel device enables the time to be synchronised with a reference time signal.
pounds 3,800 was paid by a Saudi Arabian buyer for a fine French ormolu and marble GrecoEgyptian Revival five-piece mantel clock garniture circa 1870, and the same price was taken for an English brass balance wheel lantern clock circa 1650 by Luke Cockedge, an unrecorded West Country maker.
He was a balance wheel, and as such an invaluable member of the Court for all of his long tenure.