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60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver’s 600M Spring Drive Calibrer 9RA5 © Grand Seiko
History & Masterpieces
The powerful roar of the Grand Seiko lion at 60

Grand Seiko has put together a dazzling agenda for its 60th anniversary, marked by the opening of new manufacturing facilities, the inauguration of a flagship boutique on Place Vendôme, a dozen limited editions fitted with new calibres, and the unveiling of a concept movement.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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Detail of the piece Tropical Fossil realized by the sculptor Gianluca Pacchioni
Culture
A guided tour of European craftsmanship

Over 650 artisans from 25 countries feature in a new online searchable guide to European craftsmanship, developed by the Michelangelo Foundation. The platform also has suggestions for master classes, exhibitions and tours, recommendations from personalities in craftsmanship and design, and ideas for immersive experiences across Europe.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020
3 min read
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The auction led by Alain Renner on November 9th © Sotheby’s
Culture
Four masterpieces by Antide Janvier under the hammer at Sotheby's

On November 9th, three exceptional clocks changed hands for some €800,000 (USD 1,095,590), realising 20% of the total sale of important French furniture, sculptures and works of art. A fourth clock went unsold.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
3 min read
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Christie’s lot 114: Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 World Time in pink gold, manufactured in 1953, with an enamel disc in the centre of the dial signed
Culture
November auctions: 1,275 timepieces come under the hammer in Geneva

Three auction houses - Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum - are in the starting blocks for three days of sales which, twice a year, maintain Geneva at the forefront of fine watch auctions. Will the May 2010 record of a total CHF 42 million be broken? Answer on November 15th.

Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
9 min read
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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
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Sylvester Stallone's latest release, The Expendables
Culture
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
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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
Culture
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
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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
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Reference 768 © Breitling
Watch Stories

Military watches – don’t mention the war

Friday, 22 May 2020
Written By Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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