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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

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
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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Dwayne Johnson
Celebrity

Why watches are a "tool" for Dwayne Johnson

Friday, 05 October 2018
Written By Frank Rousseau
7 min read
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