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.
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.
Christoph Ransmayr's brilliant new novel transports us to eighteenth-century China. Emperor Quianlong, whose passion for the measurement of time borders on obsession, invites to his court the most celebrated clockmaker of the day – a melancholic Englishman who finds himself caught up in the impossible demands of this Lord of Ten Thousand Years.
Busy with the final details for the Antiquorum sale that took place on November 12 in Geneva, Romain Réa found time to talk about his passion for watches, at his store on Rue du Bac in Paris.
As October reached an end, there was a buzz in the air in New York. Was it pre-Hallowe'en excitement? The mildness of the Indian summer? Or the sale of Paul Newman's actual Rolex Daytona, the ultimate grail watch? What do you think?
In L’Invention du Luxe*, his recently published (in French) history of the watch industry in Geneva from 1815 to the present day, Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part two: post-1945.
In L’Invention du Luxe*, recently published (in French), the historian Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part one: pre-1945.
Recent releases from Vacheron Constantin salute some of the firm's historic timepieces, a way of highlighting a heritage which, in today's market, has become the sign of authentic watchmaking.