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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
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
History & Masterpieces
An ancient material

The American Society for Testing and Materials defines ceramic as "an article having a glazed or unglazed body of crystalline or partially crystalline structure, or of glass, whose body is produced from essentially inorganic, non-metallic substances and either is formed from a molten mass which solidifies on cooling, or is formed and simultaneously or subsequently matured by the action of heat."

Friday, 30 September 2011
1 min read
Personalisation is a fabulous asset for the Reverso © Jaeger-LeCoultre
History & Masterpieces
The Reverso reveals a personal side

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso saw daylight in 1931 in response to the need to shield the dial against knocks. Now 80 years old, it has (re)discovered a new vocation: personalisation.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
5 min read
The Cartier Time Art exhibition design is directed by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka © Tokujin Yoshioka/Cartier
History & Masterpieces
Cartier celebrates 150 years of time art

Cartier Time Art,* which will travel worldwide after opening in Zurich, traces the history of time measurement at Cartier from its origins in Paris in 1847 to today.

Tuesday, 06 September 2011
4 min read
Sotirios Bulgaris © Bulgaris
History & Masterpieces
Bulgari: Italy's jeweller to the stars

Travel back in time to 1884 and Rome, where Sotirios Bulgaris, a Greek silversmith who had emigrated to Italy, ran a small silversmithing shop. In 1905, he moved his business to the city's prestigious Via Condotti (now the company's flagship store).

Monday, 21 March 2011
2 min read
Seiko Quartz Astron wristwatch from 1969 © Seiko
History & Masterpieces
Putting paid to the quartz crisis legend

In an article published in Swiss daily Le Temps, Pierre-Yves Donzé, a research fellow at Osaka University, demonstrates that the 1975-1985 crisis in the watch industry had nothing to do with the advent of Japanese quartz watches. Rather, since the end of the war, Switzerland had been "resting on its laurels."

Monday, 07 March 2011
3 min read
Constant Girard, Tourbillon with three gold Bridges, gold medal at the World's Fair in Paris, 1889 © Girard-Perregaux
History & Masterpieces
Better Watch, Better Life

Were it not for Swiss Horological Art, the exhibition staged from September 9th in the Swiss Cities Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo, the relationship between the fair and watchmaking would no doubt have escaped us.

Friday, 22 October 2010
David Chang
6 min read
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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