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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

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History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part six

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 six: modern escapements.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019
4 min read
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Catalogue 1977-1978 © Breitling
History & Masterpieces
Breitling checks in with the golden age of commercial aviation

Breitling debuts the Navitimer 1 Airline Editions, its first capsule collection in honour of the world's greatest airlines. First off the ground is Swissair, followed by Pan Am then TWA.

Thursday, 21 February 2019
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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New York Sales at Christie’s: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Reference 6538, circa 1957 - Lot 73 sold for $492,500
History & Masterpieces
2018 Vintage Watch Market Update

While the big brands continue to command high prices, the emergence of other names proves that the vintage market is never short on surprises. We look back at 2018 in the company of Heuer, Rolex, Breitling and Omega, along with Longines, Tissot, Seiko, Citizen and Orient.

Thursday, 07 February 2019
Michael Stockton
11 min read
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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
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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
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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
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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
4 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
Emily Blunt
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Emily Blunt, from Mickey to Mary

Friday, 01 February 2019
Written By Frank Rousseau
5 min read
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