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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 © Breguet
History & Masterpieces
The extra-thin tourbillon, by Breguet

That Abraham-Louis Breguet sold just 35 tourbillon watches in his lifetime gives some idea of the extreme complexity of this mechanism. Introduced in 2013 and returning this year as a skeletonised version, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 celebrates this legacy.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
4 min read
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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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The new Santos collection, presented at SIHH 2018, features interchangeable bracelets and straps
History & Masterpieces
Santos de Cartier, the modern icon

Technology and design have undergone countless transformations since 1904 when Louis Cartier imagined the Santos for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, and still this revolutionary wristwatch hasn't aged a day. For proof, the new Santos collection, presented this year, bears a striking similarity to the original, as befits a true classic.

Thursday, 08 March 2018
5 min read
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Elvis Presley Omega (Book)
History & Masterpieces
Elvis Presley's Omega under the hammer

Gifted to him by RCA Records in 1961 for 75 million album sales, Elvis Presley's Omega comes up for auction this May.

Friday, 23 February 2018
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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Reine de Naples 8909 (2015) © Breguet
History & Masterpieces
A royal beauty: the story of Breguet's Reine de Naples

Created in 2002 in honour of the first recorded watch to be worn on the wrist, the Reine de Naples collection originates in a unique timepiece, commissioned in 1810 by Caroline Murat and which, despite the best efforts of historians and collectors, has vanished without trace. Today's Reine de Naples, distinguished by its egg shape and its complications, has become a legend in its own right.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
5 min read
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Dominique Renaud and Luiggino Torrigiani © Timm Delfs
History & Masterpieces
Watchmaking pioneer Dominique Renaud is back (II)

After several years away, Dominique Renaud, co-founder of Renaud & Papi, has returned to Switzerland with an exciting mechanical movement in his luggage. So what exactly is the DR01 Twelve First?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
5 min read
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Dominique Renaud © Dominique Renaud SA - Gianni Comporota & Stéphane Mocan
History & Masterpieces
Watchmaking pioneer Dominique Renaud is back (I)

After several years away, Dominique Renaud, co-founder of Renaud & Papi, has returned to Switzerland with an exciting mechanical movement in his luggage. But who exactly is Dominique Renaud?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018
3 min read
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« Everywhere », Krayon © Anders Modig
History & Masterpieces
Krayon's Everywhere puts a new complication on the map

Watch constructor Rémi Maillat and his Neuchâtel-based brand have made a remarkable debut with a movement that can show sunrise and sunset times anywhere in the world.

Monday, 11 December 2017
5 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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