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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
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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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First Happy Diamonds (1976) © Chopard
History & Masterpieces
Happy Diamonds - a touch of fantasy, by Chopard

Setting diamonds free to dance across a dial. The idea was unheard-of until the launch of Happy Diamonds in 1976. Its signature floating stones have spread joy throughout the watch and jewellery worlds for more than 40 years.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
4 min read
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J12 in black ceramic, automatic movement, 38mm
History & Masterpieces
J12, Chanel's ceramic icon

Its launch in 2000 was a masterstroke. Cloaked in ceramic, almost always black or white, the J12 continues to reign over Chanel's watch collections. A look back at the story of this iconic watch that is as modern today as on the day it was born.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
4 min read
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18-century-ship
History & Masterpieces
The marine chronometer, invention and rivalry on the high seas

The eighteenth century's most powerful nations vied to take control of the seas, but lacked one essential instrument with which to calculate longitude: an accurate marine chronometer. The race to build one was fraught with questions of intellectual property and accusations of industrial espionage.

Thursday, 13 September 2018
6 min read
Heuer Carrera, 1963
History & Masterpieces
Carrera, the racing driver's legendary chrono

Its uncluttered design and unparalleled legibility have made this chronograph a star of the racing circuit. Fifty-five years after its launch in 1963, the Carrera stands out as TAG Heuer's flagship collection.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018
6 min read
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Marine Tourbillon bleu © Ulysse Nardin
History & Masterpieces
Taming the tourbillon at Ulysse Nardin

Since the late 1800s, Ulysse Nardin has made tourbillon movements a part of its tradition, and continues to master this complication in timepieces that range from classical to the most avant-garde.

Friday, 07 September 2018
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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Earnshaw's spring detent escapement
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part Three

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 three: towards industrialisation, from 1750 to the early 1800s.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018
6 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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