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Brand ambassador Luke Evans wearing the Bulgari Bulgari in 2017
History & Masterpieces
Bulgari Bulgari, a name to remember

A classic among watches, instantly recognisable by the logo on its bezel, the Bulgari Bulgari marked the Italian firm's arrival as a watchmaker. Four decades later, it remains an icon of style.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018
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Drawing of an anchor escapement’s lifts
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part Two

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 two: from the invention of the balance spring in 1675 to the detached lever escapement in the 1770s.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018
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Culture
"It's like an extreme sport. You have to know when to stop!"

For the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona, Christie's is holding a special sale on Sunday 10th November. It comes at the same time as the announcement that its creator, Aurel Bacs, is leaving the auction house.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013
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Culture
A long-awaited return and a surprise departure mark this autumn's auctions in Geneva

Antiquorum, Christie's and Sotheby's will be putting on the show this 10th, 11th and 12th November in Geneva with a season dedicated to Abraham-Louis Breguet - this year marks the 190th anniversary of his death – and the Rolex Daytona, celebrating its 50th birthday. Aurel Bacs, meanwhile, bows out.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013
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Culture
"The wilder it is, the more they like it"

The fifth Only Watch charity auction will take place on 28 September in Monaco. Thirty-three brands have donated a watch to compose what Etienne Leménager, Director of Antiquorum Geneva, considers to be a fine selection.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
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History & Masterpieces
A Prince’s whim: a clock made by Manuel Gutiérrez in Spain’s Patrimonio Nacional Collection

During his reign (1788-1808), King Charles IV of Spain built up an important collection of clocks, which he acquired from the main centres of European clockmaking. The monarch, who had inherited a traditional royal passion for clocks, took a keen interest in the art of clockmaking in his youth and even repaired and produced movements using the tools that he kept for this purpose in a workshop inside the royal palace.

Thursday, 19 September 2013
Amelia Aranda Huete
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History & Masterpieces
De Bethune makes a timely tribute to imperial China

The Imperial Fountain limited edition series by De Bethune couldn't be more topical. In June, two of the twelve bronze heads from a fountain at the Summer Palace, the imperial residence looted in the nineteenth century, were returned to China. The same twelve sculptures that inspired the twelve horological artworks by De Bethune.

Monday, 02 September 2013
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Culture
A forgotten Patek Philippe from 1898 resurfaces at Christie's

Christie's and Sotheby's have ended their spring season in New York, where Christie's sent waves through the collecting community with a Grande Complication by Patek Philippe that rewrites the Manufacture's history. It fetched USD 2.25 million.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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Celebrity

Tom Selleck, never without my Rolex

Thursday, 24 May 2018
Written By Frank Rousseau
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