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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Overseas Tourbillon rose gold © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Celebrating 220 years of the tourbillon

This June 26th, Breguet commemorates 220 years since Abraham-Louis Breguet was awarded a patent for the tourbillon. His invention continues to delight collectors and has become a “rite of passage” for any brand dedicated to watchmaking excellence.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
4 min read
In Vincent Calabrese’s Wandering Hour complication, the hour aperture rotates once with the dial every 60 minutes.
History & Masterpieces
A Monet for the wrist

A detail from a world-famous painting, reproduced in miniature on the dial of a Vincent Calabrese watch: such is the premise of an art lover’s project: Watch Museum.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021
5 min read
Drawing of an anchor escapement’s lifts
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part Two

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.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018
5 min read
Angelo Bonati, CEO © Officine Panerai
History & Masterpieces
Angelo Bonati, the man who made Panerai

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.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018
4 min read
Audemars Piguet first book on 20th century complicated wristwatches
History & Masterpieces
Audemars Piguet publishes its "bible" of complicated wristwatches

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.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
H1 Titanium Black DLC © HYT
History & Masterpieces
Liquid assets: the H1 by HYT

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…

Friday, 25 May 2018
5 min read
Chronomètre à Résonance New York 2002 © F.P.Journe
History & Masterpieces
F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance, 35 years and counting

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.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018
The FHH Journal editors
3 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
Regulating organs

All about the incredible invention of escapement

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