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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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''Do you have a choice? Don't be a partner in crime.'' © FHH
Culture
The FHH gives the real deal on fakes

The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie joins World Anti-Counterfeiting Day on June 8th and continues its fight against fakes. Since 2009, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) has campaigned to show the true face of counterfeiting, and raise public awareness that trade in counterfeit products thrives only when aided and abetted by people who knowingly buy fakes.

Wednesday, 08 June 2011
Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
1 min read
Christie’s lot 316 : unmounted heart-shaped Type IIa diamond weighing 56 carats it found a buyer at CHF 9.6 million © Christie’s
Culture
New auction records for jewellery at Christie's and Sotheby's

On May 18th, Christie's realised CHF 69 million (US$ 78.1 million) at its Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale, chasing the CHF 79 million (US$ 89.5 million) which Sotheby's had garnered the previous day for its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels.

Wednesday, 01 June 2011
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The prize ceremony was held May 25th at the Swiss Film Archive in Lausanne © FHH/Nicolas Lieber
Culture
"You can't fake expertise"

As part of its anti-counterfeiting campaign, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie invited the public and students at Lausanne university of art and design to enter a short film competition on the theme "Take a true look at fakes." Winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony on May 25th.

Thursday, 26 May 2011
4 min read
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Christie’s: the possibly unique Patek Philippe single button chronograph from 1928 (lot 81) went to an Italian collector for CHF 3.235 million © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Culture
Christie's dominates the Geneva sales

Over a thousand timepieces changed hands in two days, realising CHF 39 million (US$ 44.2 million / € 31.5 million) for the three auction houses, including CHF 23.4 million (US$ 26.3 million / € 18.6 million) for Christie's. A 1928 Patek Philippe sold for CHF 3.235 million (US$ 3.63 million / € 2.57 million).

Monday, 23 May 2011
Danièle Chambas
7 min read
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Lot 81: Patek Philippe single-button chronograph in white gold from 1928; est. CHF 1.5-2.5 million © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Culture
Geneva auctions are set to thrill: Christie’s

Auction fever will descend on Geneva from mid-May as Antiquorum, Sotheby's and Christie's prepare to dazzle bidders with some 1,280 lots in all. Christie's will close the spring sales.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011
Danièle Chambas
3 min read
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Lot 74: pocket quarter repeater by Breguet, was made in 1813 for Caroline Bonaparte Murat, Queen of Naples; est. CHF 60,000-80,000 © Sotheby’s
Culture
Geneva auctions are set to thrill: Sotheby's

Auction fever will descend on Geneva from mid-May as Antiquorum, Sotheby's and Christie's prepare to dazzle bidders with some 1,280 lots in all. Sotheby's makes a date with its traditional Evening Sale.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011
Danièle Chambas
4 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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