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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Calibre 3255 © Rolex
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present (IX)

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 nine: silicon escapements.

Thursday, 11 July 2019
6 min read
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Monaco 1969 © Heuer
History & Masterpieces
The Monaco, TAG Heuer's legendary square chrono

In 1969 TAG Heuer launched the first ever automatic chronograph in a water-resistant square case. Half a century later, the Monaco is still in the race. Two of five anniversary models have been revealed, at the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
5 min read
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Paul Newman
History & Masterpieces
Paul Newman's Daytona makes history

As October reached an end, there was a buzz in the air in New York. Was it pre-Hallowe'en excitement? The mildness of the Indian summer? Or the sale of Paul Newman's actual Rolex Daytona, the ultimate grail watch? What do you think?

Tuesday, 07 November 2017
4 min read
Geneva, around 1860-1861
History & Masterpieces
The invention of luxury watchmaking in Geneva (II)

In L’Invention du Luxe*, his recently published (in French) history of the watch industry in Geneva from 1815 to the present day, Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part two: post-1945.

Thursday, 26 October 2017
4 min read
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History & Masterpieces
The invention of luxury watchmaking in Geneva (I)

In L’Invention du Luxe*, recently published (in French), the historian Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part one: pre-1945.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
5 min read
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History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin, spelled V for vintage

Recent releases from Vacheron Constantin salute some of the firm's historic timepieces, a way of highlighting a heritage which, in today's market, has become the sign of authentic watchmaking.

Monday, 16 October 2017
4 min read
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G
History & Masterpieces
Aquanaut, the luxury of steel

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut, a Patek Philippe sports watch which, despite its pedigree and fabulous design, remains in the shadow of the legendary Nautilus, and continues to divide hardcore fans of the brand.

Monday, 18 September 2017
Ilias Yiannopoulos
6 min read
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Cartier Tank
History & Masterpieces
Tank de Cartier: a century of history (I)

While it may not have been the first ever wristwatch, it is probably the one to have come through the ages with a style and grace that make it a truly exceptional timepiece - a reflection of its era and the company that brought it to life. The Tank de Cartier is 100 years old!

Thursday, 31 August 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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