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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G
History & Masterpieces
Aquanaut, the luxury of steel

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.

Monday, 18 September 2017
Ilias Yiannopoulos
6 min read
Slide rule: what is it, and how does it work?

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.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017
3 min watch
Lot 311: Breguet’s history and philosophy. Breguet, Paris, written between 1818 and 1823 © Patrizzi & Co
The Breguet museum makes watchmaking history

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

Monday, 10 May 2010
The HH Journal editors
13 min read
Real & fake watches (Volume 2) by Fabrice Guéroux, published by Watchprint.com, 2010 (french) © Fabrice Guéroux
Best Picks – "Real & fake watches," the essential book on fake watches
Thursday, 29 April 2010
The HH Journal editors
1 min read
Cybercounterfeiting (II): illicit sites mushrooming on the web

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.

Monday, 26 April 2010
Cédric Gordon
4 min read
Lacquered seated Buddha, Tang dynasty, China. circa 650. Dry lacquer with traces of gilt and polychrome pigments © Xuan Rosemaninovich
History & Masterpieces
The secret of Japanese "varnish"

"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."

Friday, 26 February 2010
2 min read
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) © IMSS
History & Masterpieces
Galileo, the man who revolutionised science

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.

Monday, 22 February 2010
4 min read
Vintage Altiplano watch with caliber 12P © Piaget
History & Masterpieces
Twentieth-century revolutions: Piaget and extra-thin calibres

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.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
3 min read

Stallone, his life, his dreams, his watches

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Written By Frank Rousseau
5 min read
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