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.
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.
Form follows function. This Bauhaus principle was also that of Patek Philippe when it imagined the Calatrava in 1932. Clarity, elegance and the same remarkable simplicity of form have defined each variation ever since.
A man of infinite talents and a figure of the Enlightenment, Beaumarchais lived a dozen lives in one. A fearless entrepreneur and financier, an intrepid adventurer and secret agent for the king, a formidable pamphleteer and remarkable dramatist, a libertine and a visionary, he was also... a watchmaker and the inventor of the double virgule escapement.
A symbol of attachment and shared sentiments, the Cadenas ignores the boundaries of design. Impervious to trends, its singular aesthetic, as much jewellery as watch, is as strikingly modern today as when it first appeared in 1935.
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 four: from the "exotic" escapements of the 18th century to the Swiss lever escapement post-1753.
Omega watches join the cast of the newly released "First Man" movie, as the watches qualified by NASA to be part of its manned missions to the Moon.
Having gradually earned the respect of movement constructors, though still held in disregard by purists, silicon components are an integral part of watchmaking today, to the point of representing a competitive advantage.