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Portugieser Reference IW325 from 1954 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
The Portugieser by IWC

Specially created in 1939 for two Portuguese wholesalers, its classical lines and multiple complications have earned it iconic status. We look back at the story of a giant among watches.

Wednesday, 04 September 2019
4 min read
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Seiko Spring Drive Caliber 9R02 manual winding
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part ten

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 ten: magnetic escapements.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
3 min read
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Luminor Sealand 44mm © Panerai
Culture
A pig on the dial

With 12 different animal symbols, the Chinese zodiac is an amusing as well as exotic theme for animal-loving watch collectors – and not only from China.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Shining Zhu
4 min read
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New York Sales at Christie’s: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Reference 6538, circa 1957 - Lot 73 sold for $492,500
History & Masterpieces
2018 Vintage Watch Market Update

While the big brands continue to command high prices, the emergence of other names proves that the vintage market is never short on surprises. We look back at 2018 in the company of Heuer, Rolex, Breitling and Omega, along with Longines, Tissot, Seiko, Citizen and Orient.

Thursday, 07 February 2019
Michael Stockton
11 min read
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Conte-Noël-cover
Culture
The ideal Christmas watch

Jesus was born on December 25th so that watchmakers can end the year on a record month, and the reason the holiday season is such a success is down to a foolproof formula that's impossible to resist.

Friday, 21 December 2018
5 min read
Poker © Christoohe Claret
Culture
Playtime!

Watchmakers are kids at heart. Some delight in reinventing the icons of their youth, or a childhood passion, to invent genuine mechanical toys. Often with irresistible results.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018
5 min read
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ethic-and-vintage-cover
Culture
How the rise of a more ethical consumer is driving the vintage trend

More than 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if the company or brand has good ethical values, according to a Nielsen report. Are you?

Tuesday, 18 December 2018
6 min read
Big Pilot's Watch 1940 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
IWC's pilot watches, ready for takeoff

From the very first Special Pilot's Watch in 1936 right up to today, IWC has built a rich collection of pilot's watches. The flight plan couldn't have been clearer: legible, robust and precise!

Wednesday, 05 December 2018
5 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
5 min read
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