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Portugieser Reference IW325 from 1954 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
The Portugieser by IWC

Specially created in 1939 for two Portuguese wholesalers, its classical lines and multiple complications have earned it iconic status. We look back at the story of a giant among watches.

Wednesday, 04 September 2019
4 min read
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Seiko Spring Drive Caliber 9R02 manual winding
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part ten

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 ten: magnetic escapements.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
3 min read
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Co-Axial Calibre 8500 Omega
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part seven

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 seven: high-frequency mechanical escapements and the co-axial escapement.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019
5 min read
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Manufacture © Konstantin Chaykin
Culture
Konstantin Chaykin, the conqueror

Konstantin Chaykin has earned the respect of the watchmaking community for his complex creations, ranging from "religious" timepieces to the offbeat Joker watch, effectively putting contemporary Russian watchmaking back on the map. Interview.

Tuesday, 07 May 2019
6 min read
Memovox Polaris 1968 © Jaeger-LeCoultre
History & Masterpieces
Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Memovox, the sweet sound of time

"Memovox reminds, notifies and awakens" – a 1950 advertisement alerted the public to the merits of Jaeger-LeCoultre's new alarm watch. Classically elegant, resolutely functional, it would be the first in a long line of timepieces that still stand out today.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019
4 min read
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The south-facing buildings have a garden on one side and a wide street on the other, allowing light to flood into the workshops.
Culture
Two Swiss towns celebrate 10 years as UNESCO Heritage Sites

In 2009, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle were declared world heritage sites for their unique urban planning, designed to facilitate watch production. Giving extra cause to celebrate, a request has been made to add mechanical watchmaking to the UNESCO list of intangible world heritage.

Thursday, 25 April 2019
5 min read
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11
Culture
Sold out? Try China!

Like anywhere else, China's watch enthusiasts have their favourites. Patek Philippe's Nautilus Ref. 5711, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202, and pretty much anything by Richard Mille or Rolex have proved hugely popular these past four to five years. In contrast, models that sell well in other countries don't always appeal.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Shining Zhu
3 min read
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Quarter-repeater pocket watch, signed Vacheron Chossat & Comp. (1812) – Pocket watch with date by hand, Vacheron Constantin (1824).
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin celebrates its historic collaborations

In honour of the partnership between Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron and François Constantin, initiated 200 years ago, the Manufacture is celebrating the many collaborations that have marked these two centuries of history. This tribute, in the form of a travelling exhibition, is joined by "Les Collectionneurs", a curated selection of vintage watches by the brand.

Thursday, 18 April 2019
6 min read
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The Nomos building in the old railway station
Beginner's Guide

Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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