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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
5 min read
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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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Culture
Diamond dichotomy

Synthetic diamonds are the alchemist's dream. But not all that glitters is precious, nor even necessarily beyond reproach. A look at a fast-growing and poorly controlled market.

Thursday, 27 April 2017
6 min read
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Culture
The Oscars of Watches

26th February saw Hollywood host the 89th Academy Awards, The Oscars. Beyond the awards (and controversy) the red carpet event gives brands a unique chance to market themselves on one of the biggest stages of all.

Friday, 14 April 2017
9 min read
Culture
Celebrity owned watches that shone at the auction house

Last year marked what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday. In honour of this, Julien's auctions hosted a special event which saw hundreds of items from the icon’s personal collection, including a never-before-seen Blancpain cocktail watch paved with diamonds.

Friday, 07 April 2017
6 min read
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Omega - 1957 - Broad Arrow
History & Masterpieces
The Speedmaster saga in 18 watches

As the Omega Speedmaster turns 60, when better to look back on a saga that packs half a century of timekeeping history into a single watch.

Thursday, 23 March 2017
9 min read
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Zenith El Primero
History & Masterpieces
El Primero, the race to make the first automatic chronograph

Compared to a three-hand mechanical watch, the stopwatch/chronograph gives a whole new meaning to time which is no longer simply "accounted for" but started, stopped, reset and sliced into segments. In this evolutionary ladder, one important chapter rightfully belongs to the Zenith El Primero, introduced in 1969.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Ilias Yiannopoulos
8 min read
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Ulysse Nardin Innovision 2
History & Masterpieces
Freak, made in innovation

Reports of mechanical watchmaking's death are greatly exaggerated, as Ulysse Nardin sets out to prove with the Freak, a game-changer since its launch in 2001 that continues its drive to take watchmaking into the future.

Thursday, 16 March 2017
4 min read
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