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.
With a collection that includes some 4,500 watches, for the most part bequests from three private collectors, the British Museum offers a rare opportunity to contemplate the history of time measurement. These intricately engraved complicated watches are one example.
AlpVision, a Swiss firm based in Vevey, has developed a digital imaging system based on mathematical algorithms that will identify a watch throughout its lifetime, and for one simple reason: all industrially-manufactured products, even mass-made ones, have their own print.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Arras, in northern France, this year ends a trilogy of exhibitions on the watchmaker's art. "The inventors of time – Treasures of horology from 1500 to 1700" pays tribute to the Renaissance geniuses who set out in pursuit of technological and artistic excellence.
Following a request by the Italian government in 2007, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 2009 to be the International Year of Astronomy. Citizens of the world can discover, or rediscover, how important this science is, and has been since the dawn of time. The year 2009 was symbolically chosen as the 400th anniversary of the first observations made with an astronomical telescope.
After being sold in 2003 and re-launched as of 2006, Favre-Leuba's new directors have uncovered a manuscript, dated 1718, which relates how Abraham Favre, a former church elder, began to learn the intricacies of watchmaking that very year. The company itself was established in 1737.