2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut, a Patek Philippe sports watch which, despite its pedigree and fabulous design, remains in the shadow of the legendary Nautilus, and continues to divide hardcore fans of the brand.
A watch with a slide rule is a rare beast, made by only a handful of brands and intended for a specialist audience. As interest in professional tool watches grows, it's worth reminding ourselves how these mechanical calculators work, and why they were so important in the pre-digital age.
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The Breguet museum, under the auspices of Dr Nicolas Hayek, president and CEO of Montres Breguet S.A., purchased the most important horological document in existence for a record-breaking CHF 2.3 million
Counterfeiting has grown to unprecedented proportions. Global trade in counterfeit goods could go from $5.5 billion in 1982 to almost $600 billion in 2010, equivalent to 10% of world trade according to the former French budget minister Eric Woerth.
"The tree that yields the true varnish of Japan is called urushi. This tree produces a whitish juice that the Japanese use to varnish their furniture, their dishes, their wooden plates that are used by all kinds of people, from the Emperor to the peasants: for at Court and at the monarch’s table, varnished utensils are preferred over those of gold and silver."
Galileo Galilei was 19 when he discovered the law of the pendulum by using his pulse to time the swinging motion of the chandelier in the cathedral of Pisa. His observation made possible the first weight-driven pendulum clocks. A revolution had begun.
Throughout its evolution during the twentieth century, the wristwatch has been the incentive for feats of miniaturisation in mechanical movements. Extra-thin calibres are a prime example and Piaget, which has distinguished itself in this art, sets a new record this year.