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.
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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.
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 two: from the invention of the balance spring in 1675 to the detached lever escapement in the 1770s.
Appointed chief executive in 2000, three years after joining the brand, Angelo Bonati spent 17 years at the head of Panerai which, from its beginnings in Florence, is now a firm fixture of Swiss watchmaking. This "sweet seventeen" crowns one of the sector's biggest successes in recent decades. A testimonial to Mr. Bonati as he retires from the brand whose fortunes he admirably steered.
Between 1892 and the end of the 1970s, Audemars Piguet produced 550 complicated wristwatches. They are documented in an impressive new book, which also narrates the Manufacture's efforts to safeguard this grand tradition.
Launched in 2012 by the hydro-mechanical watchmakers at HYT, the H1 is the first wristwatch with a fluid time display. Inspired by the pharaohs' water clock, this out-of-the-box project is science, technology, art and design rolled into one. Here's how this unconventional watch came to be…
Following in the footsteps of Antide Janvier, François-Paul Journe has mastered the phenomenon of resonance, but in a wristwatch. This has been a slow process that began 35 years ago and gave us the first Chronomètre à Résonance F.P. Journe in 2000.
Since its debut in 2005, the Big Bang chronograph has been one long success story. Its secret? A signature design that gives form to Hublot's concept of fusion through unprecedented combinations of materials. Gold and rubber, denim and diamonds, sapphire, carbon, silk embroidery or sheep wool... there's no stopping the Big Bang!