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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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Échappement de type Lepaute
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part five

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 five: from the detached escapement of the nineteenth century to the pin-pallet escapement of the 1930s.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
6 min read
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Ader Watches - Both sides - Oct. 2018
Culture
A graphic novel on famous men and their watches

Auctioneer Geoffroy Ader and his wife, the illustrator Neis, have published a graphic novel that traces the lives of twelve influential figures of the twentieth century, and the watches they owned and loved.

Thursday, 22 November 2018
4 min read
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Cape Cod Grand Modèle Milanais double tour © Hermès
History & Masterpieces
Cape Cod, the geometry of time by Hermès

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.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018
3 min read
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Breguet-portrait
Culture
When Paris eclipsed Geneva as a centre for watchmaking

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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018
6 min read
RM 052 Tourbillon Skull © Richard Mille
Culture
Richard Mille partners with global art platform Frieze

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.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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Cari
Culture
Luxury watch brands and charities, a new value proposal

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.

Thursday, 08 November 2018
6 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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