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History // In history // Friday, 12 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (I)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, and timepieces were the natural companions of those early adventurers who blazed a trail in the sky with their amazing, heavier-than-air machines. How can we imagine the extraordinary advances in aviation without navigation? How could these improbable machines cross...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet et Emmanuel Schneider

 
News // Events // Thursday, 11 September 2014

Zenith and the "Mikael Carlson Blériot XI" bring a legend back to life

In 1909, Louis Blériot crossed the English Channel on board his Blériot XI. This archetypal single-engine aeroplane from the very beginning of aviation was present at the AIR14 Payerne show in Switzerland on Saturday 6th September. The aircraft rekindled the glorious moments of its pilot, accompanied in his exploits by his Zenith watch. A hundred years of military aviation mean a century of...

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News // Events // Thursday, 11 September 2014

Swatch Group and Omega: partnership with "The Circle" at Zurich Airport

The world’s largest watchmaker and one of its leading brands will have a significant presence at an impressive new commercial centre. At a press joint press conference with Zurich Airport’s management at The Swatch Group Lab in Zurich, Swatch Group CEO Nicolas Hayek and Omega president Stephen Urquhart announced their companies' plans for an ambitious presence at The Circle at Zurich Airport....

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News // News models // Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Urwerk EMC Black

Entirely conceived, developed and created by URWERK, EMC – for Electro Mechanical Control – ­is the world's first 100% mechanical, high precision watch enabling its owner to monitor the movement's timing rate. And there's more: EMC also enables simple adjustment of the timing to suit the daily rhythm and lifestyle of its owner. In addition to EMC's conventional indications – hours, minutes,...

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News // News models // Wednesday, 10 September 2014

H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time

H. Moser & Cie. exhibits entrepreneurial flair with the creation of the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time , an elegant watch bringing together very rare elements. The automatic manufacture calibre HMC 802 uses the first tourbillon ever developed by H. Moser & Cie. This tourbillon is like no other thanks to two ingenious features invented by H. Moser & Cie. Firstly, the state-of-the-art...

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Point of view // Va' pensiero // Wednesday, 10 September 2014

When history repeats itself

A scholar of the history of France may well come across the figure of Charles VII, a monarch with a turbulent reign. He is remembered as Charles the Victorious, for having put an end to the bloody Hundred Years War which, for more than a century, pitted French against English for the control of duchies. A good many historians, however, refer to Charles less as Victorious and more often as Well...

Franco Cologni

 
News // News models // Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The new Montblanc Bohème collection

Montblanc Bohème Collection: An elegant and self-confident expression for the contemporary Bohème lady: the new ladies watch collection by Montblanc. In presenting the new Montblanc Bohème collection, Montblanc gives a new expression to its passion for fine watchmaking. Designed for women, the Bohème line combines distinctive style, elegant design and respect for the watchmaking tradition. ...

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News // News models // Monday, 8 September 2014

Ulysse Nardin Classico Amerigo Vespucci

Ulysse Nardin sails into 2014 with the latest addition to its Classico Cloisonné collection: the Amerigo Vespucci. Known for acknowledging magnificent ships of exploration, battle and beauty, Ulysse Nardin celebrates one of Italy’s most esteemed full-rigged frigates in this latest timepiece. Named after the famous explorer, Amerigo Vespucci, the ship was built in 1930 and launched in 1931. She...

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Know How // The expert's view // Monday, 8 September 2014

Centredoc, "keeping watch" for 50 years

A specialist in patent searches and technology monitoring, Centredoc started out in 1964 as a scientific and technical documentation centre for the watchmaking industry, an activity still in demand although half its clients now come from other sectors. Claude Laesser struggled to keep a straight face as he introduced himself to his audience, but this patents expert stood firm and, with the...

Fabrice Eschmann

 
News // News models // Friday, 5 September 2014

Blancpain Chronographe Pulsomètre

This timepiece from the Villeret collection is welcoming a brand-new self-winding movement this year, beating at a rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz) and equipped with a flyback chronograph function. Moreover, for the very first time, it also displays a pulsometer function serving to check a heart rate quickly and easily. This new model in the Villeret collection houses a new 13-ligne...

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