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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

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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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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Cartier Tank
History & Masterpieces
Tank de Cartier: a century of history (I)

While it may not have been the first ever wristwatch, it is probably the one to have come through the ages with a style and grace that make it a truly exceptional timepiece - a reflection of its era and the company that brought it to life. The Tank de Cartier is 100 years old!

Thursday, 31 August 2017
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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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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