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.
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.
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.
In George Daniels, A Master Watchmaker & His Art, Michael Clerizo paints the portrait of the self-taught English master watchmaker. A vintage-car racer, photographer, musician and writer, he lived his life as one long adventure.
While Patek Philippe again claimed the most valuable lot at the spring auction session in Geneva, Rolex confirmed its ascension with a new world record at Christie's. In contrast, several dozen lots went unsold.
The appeal of the Geneva brand never stops growing, a situation that partly reflects the peaks that Patek Philippe has already reached. The heart is torn between the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon offered by Antiquorum (estimated at CHF 1 - 1.5 million) and the Rolex split-seconds chronograph, ref. 4113 presented by Christie’s (estimated at CHF 700,000 - 1.2 million). But lovers of antique watchmaking will have to travel to Frankfurt and the Dr. Crott Auction house.
The Science Museum’s timekeeping collections cover a very broad time range, from c.600 BCE to the present. They focus on scientific innovations in horology, including some very significant ‘firsts’, and are one of the strongest collections of British timekeeping.
Held March 22nd in Lausanne under the aegis of STOP PIRACY, Swiss Day Against Counterfeiting brought a timely reminder of the damage caused by counterfeiting and alerted end consumers to the consequences of their act.