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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Model Les amours de Pâris et d'Hélène © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
2020: a strong year for watch auctions

A difficult year for brands, 2020 was full of positives for auction houses, in particular online, with a raft of record prices. A look at some of the top lots to have crossed the block.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021
4 min read
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Grande Sonnerie Ref. 6301P © Patek Philippe
History & Masterpieces
A year of Grande Sonneries

Patek Philippe is the latest of the Manufactures to present a Grand Sonnerie this year, joining Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Given the intricacy of this melodious complication, three such launches constitute an exceptional event.

Wednesday, 02 December 2020
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 first Breitling Navitimer in 1952 became the official watch of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association.
History & Masterpieces
The Navitimer, Breitling's high-flying chrono

Made famous by its circular slide rule, used to perform airborne navigation calculations, the Breitling Navitimer ranks among the legendary chronographs that have conquered pilots and watch collectors alike - a love affair that began in 1952, and is still going strong today.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
4 min read
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Singing Bird Clock © Jaquet Droz
History & Masterpieces
The restoration of the Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Clock

Horology has its very own legends, and the story of the newly restored Singing Bird Clock, made in the eighteenth century by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, is one of the most exciting.

Monday, 27 August 2018
The FHH Journal editors
4 min read
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échappement-4-cover
Regulating organs

All about the incredible invention of escapement

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