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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
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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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Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was a Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution
History & Masterpieces
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy

Following a request by the Italian government in 2007, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 2009 to be the International Year of Astronomy. Citizens of the world can discover, or rediscover, how important this science is, and has been since the dawn of time. The year 2009 was symbolically chosen as the 400th anniversary of the first observations made with an astronomical telescope.

Monday, 23 March 2009
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This is a horizontal sundial made of stone with a brass gnomon © Timm Delfs
History & Masterpieces
From the gnomon to the watch
Monday, 23 March 2009
2 min read
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Bathy V2, automatic mechanical movement calibre FL 305, grade 5 titanium case © Favre-Leuba
History & Masterpieces
Favre-Leuba, a history that reaches back 291 years

After being sold in 2003 and re-launched as of 2006, Favre-Leuba's new directors have uncovered a manuscript, dated 1718, which relates how Abraham Favre, a former church elder, began to learn the intricacies of watchmaking that very year. The company itself was established in 1737.

Monday, 23 February 2009
4 min read
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A counterfeit Franck Muller with a fake ETA movement © Fabrice Guéroux
Culture
Anti-counterfeiting: pulling out all the stops to protect tradition

With the counterfeit market apparently thriving, and intent on taking advantage of the current crisis while ever it can, the weapons with which to fight this scourge are many and varied.

Monday, 23 February 2009
Fabrice Guérroux
3 min read
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Culture
A hard-hitting anti-counterfeiting campaign

The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, in partnership with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, is launching an international campaign to wipe out counterfeiting. This new campaign targets those who carry the most responsibility for keeping this twenty-first century scourge alive: the people who buy.

Friday, 30 January 2009
3 min read
Jean Louis Bouchet - Astronomic Skeleton Regulator © FP Journe
History & Masterpieces
François-Paul Journe pays tribute to French watchmaking

Twelve exceptional clocks from the 18th and 19th centuries are on display inside the workshop of this watchmaker with a passion for the history of time measurement.

Friday, 30 January 2009
Florence Noël
3 min read
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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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