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Calibre 3255 © Rolex
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present (IX)

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 nine: silicon escapements.

Thursday, 11 July 2019
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Monaco 1969 © Heuer
History & Masterpieces
The Monaco, TAG Heuer's legendary square chrono

In 1969 TAG Heuer launched the first ever automatic chronograph in a water-resistant square case. Half a century later, the Monaco is still in the race. Two of five anniversary models have been revealed, at the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
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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 Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition in steel is a 1,000-piece limited edition.
History & Masterpieces
Chopard's Mille Miglia, the gentleman driver's watch

Inspired by Italy's famed Mille Miglia race, since 1988 the eponymous collection from Chopard returns each year in limited editions. A combination of style, elegance and precise mechanisms, the brand has it all mapped out.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019
4 min read
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Hautes-fréquences-cover
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part six

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 six: modern escapements.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019
4 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
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