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Culture

Brand ambassador Luke Evans wearing the Bulgari Bulgari in 2017
History & Masterpieces
Bulgari Bulgari, a name to remember

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.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018
5 min read
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Drawing of an anchor escapement’s lifts
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part Two

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.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018
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Gilt-brass tambour cased watch. South Germany, circa 1560. Signed:
History & Masterpieces
The British Museum: a repository of horological treasures

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.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
5 min read
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Close-up of two letter Js, engraved on case backs. Although identical to the naked eye, AlpVision's FingerprintTM detection system shows that the metal has a different texture © AlpVision
Culture
AlpVision invents an intelligent anti-counterfeiting solution

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.

Monday, 23 March 2009
4 min read
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Enamelled bassine watch. Signed by the two Huaud brothers, enamel painters to the Elector of Brandenburg, circa 1695 © photo : Pascal Brunet
History & Masterpieces
Arras honours the inventors of time

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.

Monday, 23 March 2009
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Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was a Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution
History & Masterpieces
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy

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.

Monday, 23 March 2009
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This is a horizontal sundial made of stone with a brass gnomon © Timm Delfs
History & Masterpieces
From the gnomon to the watch
Monday, 23 March 2009
2 min read
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Bathy V2, automatic mechanical movement calibre FL 305, grade 5 titanium case © Favre-Leuba
History & Masterpieces
Favre-Leuba, a history that reaches back 291 years

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.

Monday, 23 February 2009
4 min read
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Celebrity

Tom Selleck, never without my Rolex

Thursday, 24 May 2018
Written By Frank Rousseau
5 min read
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