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Les Cabinotiers Ultra thin minute repeater, A romantic note © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin speaks collectors' language with Les Cabinotiers

Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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Talents Rares, Arcades des Arts © Nicolas Righetti
Culture
Rare crafts in the spotlight at Singular Talents in Geneva

The first exhibition to be jointly curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation, both of which recently relocated to a historic building in downtown Geneva, highlights rare crafts and the "singular talents" who perpetuate these skills.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020
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© Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, City of Geneva, inv. no 1979-82 - Robert Gardelle (1682-1766) - View of Geneva from Saint-Jean - 1719 or 1726 (?) - Oil on canvas - 59.7 cm — 142.2 cm - Photo: Yves Siza
History & Masterpieces
When Geneva became a vast Fabrique

"Geneva's most thriving fabrique is watchmaking. It employs more than 5,000 people, which is over one fifth of the citizens." So reads the lengthy article on Geneva, published in 1757 in the Encyclopaedia of Diderot and d'Alembert. Despite being written with a lower-case f, fabrique (manufactory) no less refers to the multitude of watchmakers, goldsmiths, jewellers and other craftsmen whose cabinets (small workshops) had spread along the right bank of the Rhône in the eighteenth century, and who combined their skills to produce watches and jewellery.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Gian Pozzy
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Culture
Global warming and counterfeiting: one and the same fight (I)

Marc Frisanco, a specialist in intellectual property at the Richemont group, sees striking parallels between global warming and the spread of counterfeit goods. Tackling either of these problems must inevitably appeal to basic moral principles. Part Two in the June issue of HH Magazine.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009
4 min read
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
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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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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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