2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut, a Patek Philippe sports watch which, despite its pedigree and fabulous design, remains in the shadow of the legendary Nautilus, and continues to divide hardcore fans of the brand.
A watch with a slide rule is a rare beast, made by only a handful of brands and intended for a specialist audience. As interest in professional tool watches grows, it's worth reminding ourselves how these mechanical calculators work, and why they were so important in the pre-digital age.
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While it may not have been the first ever wristwatch, it is probably the one to have come through the ages with a style and grace that make it a truly exceptional timepiece - a reflection of its era and the company that brought it to life. The Tank de Cartier is 100 years old!
From the moment the first "heavier than air" craft rose above the ground in the early 20th century, watches have been pilots' trusted ally, and watchmakers have invented various functions to assist them in their missions. The most useful of these is, without doubt, the flyback.
From the moment the first "heavier than air" craft rose above the ground, airborne adventurers understood the need to have with them an instrument that would measure time during flight, and thus enable them to calculate position and direction. In the first of two articles, we recall the pioneering age of flight.
The museographic temptation: In its desire to move closer to art, whose freedom and aura it envies, watchmaking can collaborate with artists. It can also wield soft power by becoming a patron of the arts. A costly and subtle game of influence.
Avast me hearties! One of the year's most eagerly awaited films is now on release. That's right, Pirates of the Caribbean is back, and for the fifth time Johnny Depp is wearing Jack Sparrow's tricorne. Star ahoy!
Since its invention, watch has been associated with the great human conquests, and that of the skies is no exception. Right from the time of the first flights, watchmakers developed instruments designed to serve pilots’ needs. Their functions continue to cultivate the image of airborne adventurers.