Since its debut in 2005, the Big Bang chronograph has been one long success story. Its secret? A signature design that gives form to Hublot's concept of fusion through unprecedented combinations of materials. Gold and rubber, denim and diamonds, sapphire, carbon, silk embroidery or sheep wool... there's no stopping the Big Bang!
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 one: from the clepsydra to the verge escapement.
The watches presented at Baselworld 2018, examples of rare handcrafts, are to go on display at Patek Philippe's Salon on Rue du Rhône in Geneva.
Unveiled in 1969, El Primero is the first ever fully integrated, high-frequency, automatic chronograph movement. For many years the most precise chronograph in the world, it remains a symbol of performance and continues to rule the hearts of mechanical watch enthusiasts. Here's its story...
Denis Flageollet, the man behind De Bethune, automaton-maker François Junod and Nicolas Court, creator of mechanical objects, are launching a course in artistic mechanics in Sainte-Croix, with the aim of helping to maintain the region's unique expertise.
Technology and design have undergone countless transformations since 1904 when Louis Cartier imagined the Santos for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, and still this revolutionary wristwatch hasn't aged a day. For proof, the new Santos collection, presented this year, bears a striking similarity to the original, as befits a true classic.
Gifted to him by RCA Records in 1961 for 75 million album sales, Elvis Presley's Omega comes up for auction this May.
Created in 2002 in honour of the first recorded watch to be worn on the wrist, the Reine de Naples collection originates in a unique timepiece, commissioned in 1810 by Caroline Murat and which, despite the best efforts of historians and collectors, has vanished without trace. Today's Reine de Naples, distinguished by its egg shape and its complications, has become a legend in its own right.