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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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Culture
Still waiting for a collective response

As the recent Intellectual Property Day at Geneva University's School of Law clearly spelled out, counterfeiting is a global scourge and the weapons with which to fight it still lack bite. The last in a three-part file.

Friday, 20 June 2008
5 min read
GMT: Greenwich Mean Time
History & Masterpieces
Sir Sandford's GMT revolution

The introduction of time zones goes back barely more than 120 years. The idea came about thanks to the expansion of the railroad and the need for trains to run to reliable timetables. The man behind this revolutionary idea was a Scottish-born Canadian by the name of Sir Sandford Fleming.

Friday, 20 June 2008
Gian Pozzy
6 min read
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The building of the former German School of Watchmaking at the turn of the last century © Free
History & Masterpieces
German Watch Museum Glashütte

Officially inaugurated on May 22nd this year, the German Watch Museum Glashütte has opened to the public in the building of the former German School of Watchmaking. True to its slogan, "The fascination of time – Bringing time to life," the Museum will not only illustrate the art of watchmaking through its extensive collection, it will also pay tribute to the town of Glashütte, its citizens and their history.

Friday, 20 June 2008
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Captain Philipp Van Horn Weems gave his name to the wristwatch he invented and which was developed and manufactured by Longines. It was the first wristwatch to be made specifically for use in-flight © Longines
History & Masterpieces
Flight time

Pilots never take off without a watch in the cockpit. In the air as at sea, time is an essential factor when plotting a position and, alongside cockpit instruments, brands have developed wristwatches with useful functions when in flight. The flyback chronograph and slide rule are two inventions in which the measurement of time and aeronautics combine.

Friday, 20 June 2008
Louis Nardin
5 min read
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Horloge marine no 16 built in 1775 by Ferdinand Berthoud , a pioneer of the marine chronometers © Beyer Watch Museum Zurich
History & Masterpieces
Interference from natural phenomena

If the precision of a mechanical chronometer cannot rival that of its quartz counterpart, this has not stopped watchmakers from continuously making improvements in precision.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008
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Culture
Meeting the industry at the Société Suisse de Chronométrie

With its 1,100 members, the Société Suisse de Chronométrie is the branch's largest professional association alongside the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Its purpose is to promote technical and scientific knowledge in the sector. Christophe Roulet met its President, Zian Kighelman.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008
5 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
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