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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Altiplano Ultimate Concept © Piaget
History & Masterpieces
Can anyone beat Piaget at ultra-thin?

With the release of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, now commercially available, Piaget has raised the stakes in ultra-thin watches – and the question of whether makers have reached the limit of what is physically possible.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
5 min read
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Les Cabinotiers Ultra thin minute repeater, A romantic note © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin speaks collectors' language with Les Cabinotiers

Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
4 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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Reference 11056f,
History & Masterpieces
"Nicknames" exhibition at Vacheron Constantin in Paris

Hosted at its Paris store, Vacheron Constantin is staging a temporary exhibition of vintage and legacy watches for which collectors have their favourite pet names.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
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Omega - 1957 - Broad Arrow
History & Masterpieces
Speedmaster, a legendary chronograph from Omega

It has been synonymous with technology, design and space for more than 60 years. The first watch to be worn on the moon, the Omega Speedmaster is a legend whose multiple variations, since 1957, have thrilled hundreds of thousands of watch fans. Lift-off for the fascinating story of the legendary Moonwatch.

Thursday, 28 June 2018
5 min read
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© Cartier
History & Masterpieces
Cartier, a certain idea of masculine elegance

At the turn of the twentieth century, brothers Louis, Jacques and Pierre Cartier, grandsons of the founder, paved the way for a style whose influences came from Paris, London and New York – the historic locations of a brand that has continued to reinvent itself with endless elegance.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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Reference 768 © Breitling
Watch Stories

Military watches – don’t mention the war

Friday, 22 May 2020
Written By Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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