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Dominique Renaud and Luiggino Torrigiani © Timm Delfs
History & Masterpieces
Watchmaking pioneer Dominique Renaud is back (II)

After several years away, Dominique Renaud, co-founder of Renaud & Papi, has returned to Switzerland with an exciting mechanical movement in his luggage. So what exactly is the DR01 Twelve First?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
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Dominique Renaud © Dominique Renaud SA - Gianni Comporota & Stéphane Mocan
History & Masterpieces
Watchmaking pioneer Dominique Renaud is back (I)

After several years away, Dominique Renaud, co-founder of Renaud & Papi, has returned to Switzerland with an exciting mechanical movement in his luggage. But who exactly is Dominique Renaud?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018
3 min read
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History & Masterpieces
Fun times

The often very serious art of watchmaking has taken a whimsical detour this year. Several elite watchmakers, possibly in an effort to entertain us, have unleashed a bevy of eccentric timepieces that seem destined to become collectors’ items.

Friday, 24 October 2008
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Geneva School of Watchmaking.
History & Masterpieces
School-watches, Masterpieces of Expertise

An exhibition at the Geneva Musées d’art et d’histoire retraces the evolution of Swiss watchmaking from the mid-19th century up until today through the presentation of school-watches. Embodiments of professional training, they are the reflection of watchmaking values of yesterday and today.

Friday, 24 October 2008
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«We can seize packages containing counterfeit goods ordered over the Internet» commented Jean-Daniel Pasche, Predident of the FH © FH
Culture
Thousands of fake watches destroyed in Switzerland

Four years after the last mass destruction of counterfeit watches in Switzerland, no fewer than 29,000 fakes went into the crusher in July to mark the coming into force of new regulations on the importing of counterfeit goods.

Friday, 19 September 2008
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The Old Woman, early 19th century (1) © MHL
History & Masterpieces
The MHL celebrates its half-century with the Sandoz collection

What, a former curator wondered, would be a fitting way for a horological museum to commemorate its half-century? With a celebration of course, but what else? By inviting friends and visitors to rediscover the renowned Sandoz collection, several outstanding pieces of which are part of the MHL's (Musée d'Horlogerie du Locle) own collection.

Friday, 19 September 2008
Eric Othenin-Girard
6 min read
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En 1896, Longines est le chronométreur officiel pour les Jeux olympiques d'Athènes © Longines
History & Masterpieces
Time measurement and the Olympics

Any mention of the Olympic spirit, and three words immediately spring to mind: "faster, higher, stronger." However, as "faster" suggests, speed supposes the measurement of time. The watches, clocks and other timekeepers that provide these measurements not only embody the athlete's competitive spirit; they epitomize the intelligence needed to make them.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008
David Chang
3 min read
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Sundial and nocturlabe by Senebier, 18th century (1) © Cluses Images Numériques
History & Masterpieces
The nocturnal, or the unsung angel of the night

When recounting the history of navigational instruments, what first comes to mind is the astrolabe, which measures latitude, and the marine chronometer, essential for calculating longitude. However, the enigmatic nocturnal is often forgotten, even though this instrument proved itself to be indispensable to the great navigators.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008
5 min read
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