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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Nautilus ref. 5711-1A-014 of 2021 © Patek Philippe
History & Masterpieces
The end of the Nautilus 5711/1A: a wise move?

Is Patek Philippe right to discontinue the steel Nautilus 5711/1A? While experts applaud the decision, prices on the secondary market are sky-rocketing and collectors face the fact of a long wait for nothing.

Friday, 11 June 2021
4 min read
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Overseas Tourbillon rose gold © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Celebrating 220 years of the tourbillon

This June 26th, Breguet commemorates 220 years since Abraham-Louis Breguet was awarded a patent for the tourbillon. His invention continues to delight collectors and has become a “rite of passage” for any brand dedicated to watchmaking excellence.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
4 min read
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In Vincent Calabrese’s Wandering Hour complication, the hour aperture rotates once with the dial every 60 minutes.
History & Masterpieces
A Monet for the wrist

A detail from a world-famous painting, reproduced in miniature on the dial of a Vincent Calabrese watch: such is the premise of an art lover’s project: Watch Museum.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021
5 min read
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Model Les amours de Pâris et d'Hélène © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
2020: a strong year for watch auctions

A difficult year for brands, 2020 was full of positives for auction houses, in particular online, with a raft of record prices. A look at some of the top lots to have crossed the block.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021
4 min read
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Grande Sonnerie Ref. 6301P © Patek Philippe
History & Masterpieces
A year of Grande Sonneries

Patek Philippe is the latest of the Manufactures to present a Grand Sonnerie this year, joining Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Given the intricacy of this melodious complication, three such launches constitute an exceptional event.

Wednesday, 02 December 2020
4 min read
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60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver’s 600M Spring Drive Calibrer 9RA5 © Grand Seiko
History & Masterpieces
The powerful roar of the Grand Seiko lion at 60

Grand Seiko has put together a dazzling agenda for its 60th anniversary, marked by the opening of new manufacturing facilities, the inauguration of a flagship boutique on Place Vendôme, a dozen limited editions fitted with new calibres, and the unveiling of a concept movement.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
6 min read
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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
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Les Cabinotiers Ultra thin minute repeater, A romantic note © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin speaks collectors' language with Les Cabinotiers

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.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
4 min read
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Regulating organs

All about the incredible invention of escapement

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