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Modern Electronic Clock Movements Clock movements are the engines, or motors, that regulate the turning and positioning of the hands for appropriate time telling. Clock movements were traditionally mechanical and analog, yet in modern-day times they are almost specifically electronic, and either analog or digital. Regardless, the function required come down to the dimension of the angle subtended by each hand at every moment. Clock movements are commonly described as motors, and the terms are practically interchangeable. The force behind a mechanical one was either a coiled spring or a hanging weight triggering a flywheel to transform. To prevent "independent," or runaway turning, pendulums and also escapement devices were used, developing an oscillation that had actually a particularly acquired frequency. The modern-day digital movement obtains its power from a quartz crystal shaking at a particular regularity that corresponds to the geometry of the crystal. With a voltage decrease put on the crystal, it discharges a collection of pulses at the powerful frequency. Gathering the variety of pulses into a digital register monitors the amount of expired time.