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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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Double virgule escapement
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part four

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 four: from the "exotic" escapements of the 18th century to the Swiss lever escapement post-1753.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018
5 min read
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Classic Chronometry 7727 caliber 574DR with silicon components © Breguet
History & Masterpieces
Silicon's strategic role

Having gradually earned the respect of movement constructors, though still held in disregard by purists, silicon components are an integral part of watchmaking today, to the point of representing a competitive advantage.

Thursday, 11 October 2018
4 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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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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