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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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Marine Tourbillon bleu © Ulysse Nardin
History & Masterpieces
Taming the tourbillon at Ulysse Nardin

Since the late 1800s, Ulysse Nardin has made tourbillon movements a part of its tradition, and continues to master this complication in timepieces that range from classical to the most avant-garde.

Friday, 07 September 2018
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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Earnshaw's spring detent escapement
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part Three

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 three: towards industrialisation, from 1750 to the early 1800s.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018
6 min read
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The first Breitling Navitimer in 1952 became the official watch of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association.
History & Masterpieces
The Navitimer, Breitling's high-flying chrono

Made famous by its circular slide rule, used to perform airborne navigation calculations, the Breitling Navitimer ranks among the legendary chronographs that have conquered pilots and watch collectors alike - a love affair that began in 1952, and is still going strong today.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
4 min read
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Singing Bird Clock © Jaquet Droz
History & Masterpieces
The restoration of the Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Clock

Horology has its very own legends, and the story of the newly restored Singing Bird Clock, made in the eighteenth century by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, is one of the most exciting.

Monday, 27 August 2018
The FHH Journal editors
4 min read
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The International Museum of Horology in La Chaux-de-Fonds offers an introductory tour entitled “Mankind and Time.” © Fred Merz / Lundi 13
Culture
Horological holidays

Websites and blogs are fine. Being part of the action is so much better. From museum to Manufacture, follow the guide on an exciting and educational exploration of watchmaking country. Switzerland, here we come!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
8 min read
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Reference 11056f,
History & Masterpieces
"Nicknames" exhibition at Vacheron Constantin in Paris

Hosted at its Paris store, Vacheron Constantin is staging a temporary exhibition of vintage and legacy watches for which collectors have their favourite pet names.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
The FHH Journal editors
1 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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