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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 © Breguet
History & Masterpieces
The extra-thin tourbillon, by Breguet

That Abraham-Louis Breguet sold just 35 tourbillon watches in his lifetime gives some idea of the extreme complexity of this mechanism. Introduced in 2013 and returning this year as a skeletonised version, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 celebrates this legacy.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
4 min read
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Portugieser Reference IW325 from 1954 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
The Portugieser by IWC

Specially created in 1939 for two Portuguese wholesalers, its classical lines and multiple complications have earned it iconic status. We look back at the story of a giant among watches.

Wednesday, 04 September 2019
4 min read
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Seiko Spring Drive Caliber 9R02 manual winding
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part ten

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 ten: magnetic escapements.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
3 min read
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Calibre 3255 © Rolex
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part nine

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 nine: silicon escapements.

Thursday, 11 July 2019
6 min read
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Monaco 1969 © Heuer
History & Masterpieces
The Monaco, TAG Heuer's legendary square chrono

In 1969 TAG Heuer launched the first ever automatic chronograph in a water-resistant square case. Half a century later, the Monaco is still in the race. Two of five anniversary models have been revealed, at the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
5 min read
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Reverso Grande Complication à Triptyque (verso) © Jaeger-LeCoultre
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part eight

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 eight: dual impulse and pivoted detent escapements.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019
5 min read
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Patrimony Perpetual Calendar, 2017 © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Patrimony, the ultimate in classicism by Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin looked to two 1950s designs to launch the Patrimony in 2004. Functional and classic, it takes a minimalist approach. The latest addition to the collection is the Patrimony perpetual calendar ultra-thin with blue dial.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019
4 min read
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Co-Axial Calibre 8500 Omega
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part seven

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 seven: high-frequency mechanical escapements and the co-axial escapement.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019
5 min read
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The Nomos building in the old railway station
Beginner's Guide

Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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