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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

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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Seiko Spring Drive Caliber 9R02 manual winding
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part ten

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 ten: magnetic escapements.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
3 min read
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Horological Machine N°4 Thunderbolt © MB&F
History & Masterpieces
Ten years of watch design at the Grand Prix de Genève

Between 2002 and 2011, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) singled out the year's best design. The winning timepieces are an eloquent reminder of the trends unfolding in a not-so-distant era.

Thursday, 07 December 2017
7 min read
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Cox-ou-la-course-du-temps-Cover
History & Masterpieces
Power and the pursuit of time

Christoph Ransmayr's brilliant new novel transports us to eighteenth-century China. Emperor Quianlong, whose passion for the measurement of time borders on obsession, invites to his court the most celebrated clockmaker of the day – a melancholic Englishman who finds himself caught up in the impossible demands of this Lord of Ten Thousand Years.

Friday, 01 December 2017
Luc Debraine
6 min read
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
Couverture-livre-Pierre-Yves-Donzé
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
vacheron-constantin_historiques-triple-calendrier-1942
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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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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