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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Overseas Tourbillon rose gold © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Celebrating 220 years of the tourbillon

This June 26th, Breguet commemorates 220 years since Abraham-Louis Breguet was awarded a patent for the tourbillon. His invention continues to delight collectors and has become a “rite of passage” for any brand dedicated to watchmaking excellence.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
4 min read
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In Vincent Calabrese’s Wandering Hour complication, the hour aperture rotates once with the dial every 60 minutes.
History & Masterpieces
A Monet for the wrist

A detail from a world-famous painting, reproduced in miniature on the dial of a Vincent Calabrese watch: such is the premise of an art lover’s project: Watch Museum.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021
5 min read
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History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part six

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 six: modern escapements.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019
4 min read
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Oyster Perpetual Submariner 1953 © Rolex
History & Masterpieces
Rolex Submariner, an underwater hero

In 1953, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner became the first wristwatch to guarantee water-resistance down to 100 metres. Dive into the story of this legend of the deep.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019
5 min read
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Catalogue 1977-1978 © Breitling
History & Masterpieces
Breitling checks in with the golden age of commercial aviation

Breitling debuts the Navitimer 1 Airline Editions, its first capsule collection in honour of the world's greatest airlines. First off the ground is Swissair, followed by Pan Am then TWA.

Thursday, 21 February 2019
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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New York Sales at Christie’s: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Reference 6538, circa 1957 - Lot 73 sold for $492,500
History & Masterpieces
2018 Vintage Watch Market Update

While the big brands continue to command high prices, the emergence of other names proves that the vintage market is never short on surprises. We look back at 2018 in the company of Heuer, Rolex, Breitling and Omega, along with Longines, Tissot, Seiko, Citizen and Orient.

Thursday, 07 February 2019
Michael Stockton
11 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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Regulating organs

All about the incredible invention of escapement

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