Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part four: from the "exotic" escapements of the 18th century to the Swiss lever escapement post-1753.
Omega watches join the cast of the newly released "First Man" movie, as the watches qualified by NASA to be part of its manned missions to the Moon.
Having gradually earned the respect of movement constructors, though still held in disregard by purists, silicon components are an integral part of watchmaking today, to the point of representing a competitive advantage.
Setting diamonds free to dance across a dial. The idea was unheard-of until the launch of Happy Diamonds in 1976. Its signature floating stones have spread joy throughout the watch and jewellery worlds for more than 40 years.
In 1967, atomic clocks became the means by which time is determined - so precisely that scientists were able to establish that the Earth is spinning more slowly. The question being, how to ensure our time standard stays in synch with the Earth's rotation.
Its launch in 2000 was a masterstroke. Cloaked in ceramic, almost always black or white, the J12 continues to reign over Chanel's watch collections. A look back at the story of this iconic watch that is as modern today as on the day it was born.
The eighteenth century's most powerful nations vied to take control of the seas, but lacked one essential instrument with which to calculate longitude: an accurate marine chronometer. The race to build one was fraught with questions of intellectual property and accusations of industrial espionage.