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Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 © Breguet
History & Masterpieces
The extra-thin tourbillon, by Breguet

That Abraham-Louis Breguet sold just 35 tourbillon watches in his lifetime gives some idea of the extreme complexity of this mechanism. Introduced in 2013 and returning this year as a skeletonised version, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 celebrates this legacy.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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Antoine de Macedo, owner of two watch boutiques in Paris.
Culture
Pre-owned watches, Antoine de Macedo’s way

Last year Richemont announced its acquisition of Watchfinder.com, sealing its entry into the pre-owned market. More recently, the multi-brand Bucherer store in Geneva opened a fourth-floor Gallery dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage watches. And Antoine de Macedo in Paris? He has been buying, selling and servicing high-end pre-owned watches for 33 years.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Victoria Townsend
5 min read
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Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot CEO © Hublot
Culture
Hublot tackles counterfeiting in its own backyard

Hublot has joined forces with WISeKey to provide its customers with a means of authenticating their timepieces online, by giving each of their watches a unique "ID card." Counterfeiters be warned.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
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Gilt-brass tambour cased watch. South Germany, circa 1560. Signed:
History & Masterpieces
The British Museum: a repository of horological treasures

With a collection that includes some 4,500 watches, for the most part bequests from three private collectors, the British Museum offers a rare opportunity to contemplate the history of time measurement. These intricately engraved complicated watches are one example.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
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Close-up of two letter Js, engraved on case backs. Although identical to the naked eye, AlpVision's FingerprintTM detection system shows that the metal has a different texture © AlpVision
Culture
AlpVision invents an intelligent anti-counterfeiting solution

AlpVision, a Swiss firm based in Vevey, has developed a digital imaging system based on mathematical algorithms that will identify a watch throughout its lifetime, and for one simple reason: all industrially-manufactured products, even mass-made ones, have their own print.

Monday, 23 March 2009
4 min read
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Enamelled bassine watch. Signed by the two Huaud brothers, enamel painters to the Elector of Brandenburg, circa 1695 © photo : Pascal Brunet
History & Masterpieces
Arras honours the inventors of time

The Museum of Fine Arts in Arras, in northern France, this year ends a trilogy of exhibitions on the watchmaker's art. "The inventors of time – Treasures of horology from 1500 to 1700" pays tribute to the Renaissance geniuses who set out in pursuit of technological and artistic excellence.

Monday, 23 March 2009
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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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The Nomos building in the old railway station
Beginner's Guide

Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
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