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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Calatrava reference 4959 from 2006 © Patek Philippe
History & Masterpieces
The Patek Philippe Calatrava says it all, with less

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.

Wednesday, 07 November 2018
5 min read
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Pierre-Augustin-Caron-de-Beaumarchais
History & Masterpieces
Beaumarchais, watchmaker of a thousand faces

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.

Thursday, 25 October 2018
4 min read
Cadenas watch © Van Cleef & Arpels
History & Masterpieces
Van Cleef & Arpels' Cadenas, a watch that enlaces time

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.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018
3 min read
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Double virgule escapement
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part four

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.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018
5 min read
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Classic Chronometry 7727 caliber 574DR with silicon components © Breguet
History & Masterpieces
Silicon's strategic role

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.

Thursday, 11 October 2018
4 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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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
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