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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
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
Big Bang Unico Red Magic 2018 © Hublot
History & Masterpieces
It all started with a Big Bang

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!

Friday, 20 April 2018
5 min read
Renaissance skeleton clock, Germany, circa 1620. Musée de Cluses © Charles Savouret
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part One

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 one: from the clepsydra to the verge escapement.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018
6 min read
This unique piece, ref. 20058M, in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel required 13.5 metres of gold wire (15 g) with a section of just 0.15 x 0.6 mm to trace the complex dial design.
History & Masterpieces
Patek Philippe showcases rare handcrafts in Geneva

The watches presented at Baselworld 2018, examples of rare handcrafts, are to go on display at Patek Philippe's Salon on Rue du Rhône in Geneva.

Monday, 16 April 2018
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
History & Masterpieces
The story of an icon: Zenith's El Primero

Unveiled in 1969, El Primero is the first ever fully integrated, high-frequency, automatic chronograph movement. For many years the most precise chronograph in the world, it remains a symbol of performance and continues to rule the hearts of mechanical watch enthusiasts. Here's its story...

Tuesday, 03 April 2018
5 min read
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
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
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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