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Watch auctions' response to Covid-19

The Covid-19 crisis has driven watch auctions online. We should, however, proceed with caution. A digital platform is no substitute for the excitement of a live sale, even if this means bidding from behind a mask.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Geoffroy Ader
5 min read
Altiplano Ultimate Concept © Piaget
History & Masterpieces
Can anyone beat Piaget at ultra-thin?

With the release of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, now commercially available, Piaget has raised the stakes in ultra-thin watches – and the question of whether makers have reached the limit of what is physically possible.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
5 min read
How the rise of a more ethical consumer is driving the vintage trend

More than 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if the company or brand has good ethical values, according to a Nielsen report. Are you?

Tuesday, 18 December 2018
6 min read
Big Pilot's Watch 1940 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
IWC's pilot watches, ready for takeoff

From the very first Special Pilot's Watch in 1936 right up to today, IWC has built a rich collection of pilot's watches. The flight plan couldn't have been clearer: legible, robust and precise!

Wednesday, 05 December 2018
5 min read
Échappement de type Lepaute
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part five

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 five: from the detached escapement of the nineteenth century to the pin-pallet escapement of the 1930s.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
6 min read
Ader Watches - Both sides - Oct. 2018
A graphic novel on famous men and their watches

Auctioneer Geoffroy Ader and his wife, the illustrator Neis, have published a graphic novel that traces the lives of twelve influential figures of the twentieth century, and the watches they owned and loved.

Thursday, 22 November 2018
4 min read
Cape Cod Grand Modèle Milanais double tour © Hermès
History & Masterpieces
Cape Cod, the geometry of time by Hermès

In 1991, Hermès took the wraps off a form watch whose signature combination of a square, a rectangle and the iconic Chaîne d’Ancre motif has become a true classic.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018
3 min read
When Paris eclipsed Geneva as a centre for watchmaking

The world equates watchmaking with Switzerland, so much so that it's hard to imagine it was ever any other way. And yet during the eighteenth century, horology's most brilliant minds descended on Paris, while Switzerland and Geneva had a reputation for "trinkets" and cheaper wares.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018
6 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
5 min read
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