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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Calibre 3255 © Rolex
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present (IX)

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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Spirit of Saint-Louis
History & Masterpieces
Pilot watches: mastering the Hour Angle (II)

Since its invention, watch has been associated with the great human conquests, and that of the skies is no exception. Right from the time of the first flights, watchmakers developed instruments designed to serve pilots’ needs. Their functions continue to cultivate the image of airborne adventurers.

Monday, 19 June 2017
6 min read
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Longines Original Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch
History & Masterpieces
Pilot watches: mastering the Hour Angle (I)

Since its invention, the watch has been associated with mankind's greatest endeavours, and the conquest of the skies is no exception to this rule. From the very first flights, watchmakers developed instruments of use to pilots, and these functions are lasting reminders of these airborne adventurers.

Friday, 16 June 2017
6 min read
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Rolex Daytona « Paul Newman »
History & Masterpieces
Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona under the hammer

News broke on social media on June 1st: the actual Rolex Daytona "Paul Newman" belonging to Mr Paul Newman will be sold by Aurel Bacs at the first Phillips watch auction in New York, this October.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Geoffroy Ader
5 min read
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Omega - 1957 - Broad Arrow
History & Masterpieces
The Speedmaster saga in 18 watches

As the Omega Speedmaster turns 60, when better to look back on a saga that packs half a century of timekeeping history into a single watch.

Thursday, 23 March 2017
9 min read
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Zenith El Primero
History & Masterpieces
El Primero, the race to make the first automatic chronograph

Compared to a three-hand mechanical watch, the stopwatch/chronograph gives a whole new meaning to time which is no longer simply "accounted for" but started, stopped, reset and sliced into segments. In this evolutionary ladder, one important chapter rightfully belongs to the Zenith El Primero, introduced in 1969.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Ilias Yiannopoulos
8 min read
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Ulysse Nardin Innovision 2
History & Masterpieces
Freak, made in innovation

Reports of mechanical watchmaking's death are greatly exaggerated, as Ulysse Nardin sets out to prove with the Freak, a game-changer since its launch in 2001 that continues its drive to take watchmaking into the future.

Thursday, 16 March 2017
4 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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