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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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Big Pilot's Watch 1940 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
IWC's pilot watches, ready for takeoff

From the very first Special Pilot's Watch in 1936 right up to today, IWC has built a rich collection of pilot's watches. The flight plan couldn't have been clearer: legible, robust and precise!

Wednesday, 05 December 2018
5 min read
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Échappement de type Lepaute
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part five

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 five: from the detached escapement of the nineteenth century to the pin-pallet escapement of the 1930s.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
6 min read
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Cape Cod Grand Modèle Milanais double tour © Hermès
History & Masterpieces
Cape Cod, the geometry of time by Hermès

In 1991, Hermès took the wraps off a form watch whose signature combination of a square, a rectangle and the iconic Chaîne d’Ancre motif has become a true classic.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018
3 min read
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Calatrava reference 4959 from 2006 © Patek Philippe
History & Masterpieces
The Patek Philippe Calatrava says it all, with less

Form follows function. This Bauhaus principle was also that of Patek Philippe when it imagined the Calatrava in 1932. Clarity, elegance and the same remarkable simplicity of form have defined each variation ever since.

Wednesday, 07 November 2018
4 min read
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Pierre-Augustin-Caron-de-Beaumarchais
History & Masterpieces
Beaumarchais, watchmaker of a thousand faces

A man of infinite talents and a figure of the Enlightenment, Beaumarchais lived a dozen lives in one. A fearless entrepreneur and financier, an intrepid adventurer and secret agent for the king, a formidable pamphleteer and remarkable dramatist, a libertine and a visionary, he was also... a watchmaker and the inventor of the double virgule escapement.

Thursday, 25 October 2018
4 min read
Cadenas watch © Van Cleef & Arpels
History & Masterpieces
Van Cleef & Arpels' Cadenas, a watch that enlaces time

A symbol of attachment and shared sentiments, the Cadenas ignores the boundaries of design. Impervious to trends, its singular aesthetic, as much jewellery as watch, is as strikingly modern today as when it first appeared in 1935.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018
3 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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