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 nine: silicon escapements.
In 1969 TAG Heuer launched the first ever automatic chronograph in a water-resistant square case. Half a century later, the Monaco is still in the race. Two of five anniversary models have been revealed, at the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In 1991, Hermès took the wraps off a form watch whose signature combination of a square, a rectangle and the iconic Chaîne d’Ancre motif has become a true classic.
The world equates watchmaking with Switzerland, so much so that it's hard to imagine it was ever any other way. And yet during the eighteenth century, horology's most brilliant minds descended on Paris, while Switzerland and Geneva had a reputation for "trinkets" and cheaper wares.
Richard Mille has signed a deal with Frieze, the leading platform for modern and contemporary art, for collectors and the public at large. The brand's watches will feature in Frieze Masters magazine and at Frieze London for its first ever showing of Haute Horlogerie timepieces.
With products that ooze excess to the average consumer, luxury brands have looked for ways to support charities and prove that the bottom line isn't their only concern.
Form follows function. This Bauhaus principle was also that of Patek Philippe when it imagined the Calatrava in 1932. Clarity, elegance and the same remarkable simplicity of form have defined each variation ever since.
A man of infinite talents and a figure of the Enlightenment, Beaumarchais lived a dozen lives in one. A fearless entrepreneur and financier, an intrepid adventurer and secret agent for the king, a formidable pamphleteer and remarkable dramatist, a libertine and a visionary, he was also... a watchmaker and the inventor of the double virgule escapement.