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Les Cabinotiers Ultra thin minute repeater, A romantic note © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin speaks collectors' language with Les Cabinotiers

Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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Talents Rares, Arcades des Arts © Nicolas Righetti
Culture
Rare crafts in the spotlight at Singular Talents in Geneva

The first exhibition to be jointly curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation, both of which recently relocated to a historic building in downtown Geneva, highlights rare crafts and the "singular talents" who perpetuate these skills.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020
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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
9 min read
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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
5 min read
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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
5 min read
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History & Masterpieces
George Daniels, a life less ordinary

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.

Thursday, 06 June 2013
Louis Nardin
5 min read
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Culture
A new record for Rolex at auction

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.

Friday, 17 May 2013
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Culture
Geneva auctions: the relentless rise in the power of Rolex

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.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013
9 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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