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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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François Dentand, Geneva. Pendulum pocket watch, circa 1700 © MAH, photo : M. Aeschimann
History & Masterpieces
Geneva exhibits its horological treasures

With more than a thousand masterworks of horology, enamel and jewellery spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, including some being shown in public for the first time, and appearances by today's foremost manufacturers with their own heritage collections, Watchmaking in Geneva. The Magic of Craftsmanship, Treasures of Gold and Enamel* has all the makings of a unique event.

Tuesday, 06 December 2011
6 min read
Horlogerie française. Les artisans du temps (French Horology. The artisans of time) © Editions Eyrolles
History & Masterpieces
French Horology. The artisans of time

Written and illustrated by the photographer Bruno Cabanis, Horlogerie française. Les artisans du temps presents the horological professions through the consummate creations of the last French masters.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011
3 min read
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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
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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
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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
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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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