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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

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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History & Masterpieces
Power and the pursuit of time

Christoph Ransmayr's brilliant new novel transports us to eighteenth-century China. Emperor Quianlong, whose passion for the measurement of time borders on obsession, invites to his court the most celebrated clockmaker of the day – a melancholic Englishman who finds himself caught up in the impossible demands of this Lord of Ten Thousand Years.

Friday, 01 December 2017
Luc Debraine
6 min read
Paul Newman
History & Masterpieces
Paul Newman's Daytona makes history

As October reached an end, there was a buzz in the air in New York. Was it pre-Hallowe'en excitement? The mildness of the Indian summer? Or the sale of Paul Newman's actual Rolex Daytona, the ultimate grail watch? What do you think?

Tuesday, 07 November 2017
4 min read
Geneva, around 1860-1861
History & Masterpieces
The invention of luxury watchmaking in Geneva (II)

In L’Invention du Luxe*, his recently published (in French) history of the watch industry in Geneva from 1815 to the present day, Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part two: post-1945.

Thursday, 26 October 2017
4 min read
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History & Masterpieces
The invention of luxury watchmaking in Geneva (I)

In L’Invention du Luxe*, recently published (in French), the historian Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part one: pre-1945.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
5 min read
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History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin, spelled V for vintage

Recent releases from Vacheron Constantin salute some of the firm's historic timepieces, a way of highlighting a heritage which, in today's market, has become the sign of authentic watchmaking.

Monday, 16 October 2017
4 min read
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G
History & Masterpieces
Aquanaut, the luxury of steel

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut, a Patek Philippe sports watch which, despite its pedigree and fabulous design, remains in the shadow of the legendary Nautilus, and continues to divide hardcore fans of the brand.

Monday, 18 September 2017
Ilias Yiannopoulos
6 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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