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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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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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Memovox Polaris 1968 © Jaeger-LeCoultre
History & Masterpieces
Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Memovox, the sweet sound of time

"Memovox reminds, notifies and awakens" – a 1950 advertisement alerted the public to the merits of Jaeger-LeCoultre's new alarm watch. Classically elegant, resolutely functional, it would be the first in a long line of timepieces that still stand out today.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019
4 min read
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Quarter-repeater pocket watch, signed Vacheron Chossat & Comp. (1812) – Pocket watch with date by hand, Vacheron Constantin (1824).
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin celebrates its historic collaborations

In honour of the partnership between Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron and François Constantin, initiated 200 years ago, the Manufacture is celebrating the many collaborations that have marked these two centuries of history. This tribute, in the form of a travelling exhibition, is joined by "Les Collectionneurs", a curated selection of vintage watches by the brand.

Thursday, 18 April 2019
6 min read
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Reference 768 © Breitling
Watch Stories

Military watches – don’t mention the war

Friday, 22 May 2020
Written By Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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