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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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First Happy Diamonds (1976) © Chopard
History & Masterpieces
Happy Diamonds - a touch of fantasy, by Chopard

Setting diamonds free to dance across a dial. The idea was unheard-of until the launch of Happy Diamonds in 1976. Its signature floating stones have spread joy throughout the watch and jewellery worlds for more than 40 years.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
4 min read
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montre-dame-cover
Culture
A complete guide to ladies’ luxury watches

We’re entering a new golden era for women’s luxury timepieces, with products that are just as impressive technically and arguably more stunning visually than their male counterparts.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018
8 min read
horloge-atomique-cover
Culture
How the atomic clock put a new spin on time

In 1967, atomic clocks became the means by which time is determined - so precisely that scientists were able to establish that the Earth is spinning more slowly. The question being, how to ensure our time standard stays in synch with the Earth's rotation.

Thursday, 27 September 2018
5 min read
J12 in black ceramic, automatic movement, 38mm
History & Masterpieces
J12, Chanel's ceramic icon

Its launch in 2000 was a masterstroke. Cloaked in ceramic, almost always black or white, the J12 continues to reign over Chanel's watch collections. A look back at the story of this iconic watch that is as modern today as on the day it was born.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
4 min read
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18-century-ship
History & Masterpieces
The marine chronometer, invention and rivalry on the high seas

The eighteenth century's most powerful nations vied to take control of the seas, but lacked one essential instrument with which to calculate longitude: an accurate marine chronometer. The race to build one was fraught with questions of intellectual property and accusations of industrial espionage.

Thursday, 13 September 2018
6 min read
Heuer Carrera, 1963
History & Masterpieces
Carrera, the racing driver's legendary chrono

Its uncluttered design and unparalleled legibility have made this chronograph a star of the racing circuit. Fifty-five years after its launch in 1963, the Carrera stands out as TAG Heuer's flagship collection.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018
6 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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