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Mechanical watchmaking gets a boost from UNESCO

UNESCO’s inscription of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was a victory for those involved. Six months on, as the groundwork for future action is prepared, in Sainte-Croix initiatives are already well under way.

Monday, 12 July 2021
7 min read
Watches and Culture a new impetus for the cultural activities of the FHH

The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is continuing its transformation with the creation of the Watches and Culture Division, whose aim is to make watchmaking culture shine out around the world.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021
The FHH Journal editors
3 min read
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbing Mount Everest in 1953
In peak condition

Apart from brands such as Alpina or Montblanc that have a name to live up to, few watchmakers are convinced of the commercial potential of mountains. Which leaves Rolex with a clear route to the top.

Monday, 21 June 2021
6 min read
Lot 8, Daytona Ultimatum - auction May 12, 2018 - Aurel Bacs on the rostrum
At Phillips, watch auctions are a fine art

With online activity that perfectly complements its calendar of in-person sales, Phillips Watches Department takes the best of both worlds. Arthur Touchot, the auction house’s head of digital strategy, says more.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021
4 min read
Nautilus ref. 5711-1A-014 of 2021 © Patek Philippe
History & Masterpieces
The end of the Nautilus 5711/1A: a wise move?

Is Patek Philippe right to discontinue the steel Nautilus 5711/1A? While experts applaud the decision, prices on the secondary market are sky-rocketing and collectors face the fact of a long wait for nothing.

Friday, 11 June 2021
4 min read
Overseas Tourbillon rose gold © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Celebrating 220 years of the tourbillon

This June 26th, Breguet commemorates 220 years since Abraham-Louis Breguet was awarded a patent for the tourbillon. His invention continues to delight collectors and has become a “rite of passage” for any brand dedicated to watchmaking excellence.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
4 min read
Reverso Tribute Small Seconds Green © Jaeger-LeCoultre
Anniversaries galore!

This year’s raft of anniversaries is retraining the spotlight on adventure-prone watches, starting with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and closely followed by the IWC Pilot’s Watch and the Rolex Explorer II. Adding style in the heat of the action are the Cartier Tank and the Patek Philippe Nautilus.

Wednesday, 05 May 2021
6 min read
Roger Dubuis and Urban Art Tribe (Gully)
Watch brands make time for art

First came timepieces showcasing artistic crafts, then installations commissioned by brands from visual artists. Now watchmakers are selling their creations as non-fungible tokens using blockchain technology.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021
5 min read
Regulating organs

All about the incredible invention of escapement

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