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Les Cabinotiers Ultra thin minute repeater, A romantic note © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin speaks collectors' language with Les Cabinotiers

Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
4 min read
Talents Rares, Arcades des Arts © Nicolas Righetti
Rare crafts in the spotlight at Singular Talents in Geneva

The first exhibition to be jointly curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation, both of which recently relocated to a historic building in downtown Geneva, highlights rare crafts and the "singular talents" who perpetuate these skills.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020
3 min read
Constant Girard, Tourbillon with three gold Bridges, gold medal at the World's Fair in Paris, 1889 © Girard-Perregaux
History & Masterpieces
Better Watch, Better Life

Were it not for Swiss Horological Art, the exhibition staged from September 9th in the Swiss Cities Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo, the relationship between the fair and watchmaking would no doubt have escaped us.

Friday, 22 October 2010
David Chang
6 min read
Sylvester Stallone's latest release, The Expendables
Sylvester Stallone is Panerai's action man

If a powerful watch needs a muscular arm, then Sylvester Stallone and Panerai are the perfect match. In his latest movie, The Expendables, the Hollywood star wears a Luminor 1950 Regatta, as does Jason Statham, also a Panerai fan. A fact the brand hasn't even bothered to comment on…

Thursday, 21 October 2010
3 min read
A fake website for fake watches is the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry's latest initiative to raise public awareness of the damage caused by counterfeiting © Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH
The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry takes on counterfeiters at their own game

A fake website for fake watches is the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry's latest initiative to raise public awareness of the damage caused by counterfeiting. Web users looking to buy a fake watch are redirected to a page that warns them of the dangers they face.

Thursday, 07 October 2010
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
Watch with enamel dial showing date, day and moonphases. Nicoud, Sallanches, circa 1793. Private collection © MIH
History & Masterpieces
Decimal time: the revolution that never was

Looking for Noon at Five O'Clock, a temporary exhibition at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, tells the story of decimal time. Ushered in with the French Revolution, this idiosyncratic system never succeeded in dislodging the sexagesimal system, inherited from the Babylonians, which had been setting the pace of daily life "since the dawn of time."

Monday, 13 September 2010
5 min read
Early twentieth-century blanks-making workshop © ETA
History & Masterpieces
ETA, a symbol of Swiss watchmaking history

ETA, Switzerland's largest manufacturer of watch movements, grew slowly out of a succession of takeovers and mergers, although its roots go back to the eighteenth century and the founding of Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon in 1793: Swiss watchmaking's industrial past rolled into one company.

Thursday, 22 July 2010
6 min read
History & Masterpieces
Treasures from the past

While numerous contemporary watchmakers are leaving their mark, and their name, on horological production, others from the past are proving to have no less of an appeal, even after decades of oblivion when communication plans step in to remind us of the position these firms once occupied, and the heritage they represent.

Monday, 19 July 2010
1 min read
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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