When all balance springs were metal, Swatch Group's Nivarox enjoyed a virtual monopoly. The most widespread alternative, patented silicon technology, is also the property of a handful of manufacturers. However crucial it may be, mechanically and strategically, the balance spring is about materials science, not horological genius.
With the vintage trend showing no signs of abating, now is the time to pay tribute to the iconic watches worn by late, great celebrities. Brands happily revisit legends from the past while at auction, watches with celebrity provenance are achieving record amounts.
Swiss watchmakers have hit on the perfect formula for ladies’ watches. The best new models of 2018 all have four things in common: they are wearable, they are reasonably accessible, all have automatic mechanical movements, and they are mostly divested of the bells and whistles that make some ladies’ watches either inappropriate for everyday wear or exorbitantly expensive.
With only a few more gift-buying days to go, we take the pressure out of presents with ideas for timepieces that will make kids' eyes light up on Christmas morning. Tiny tots or all grown-up, any age is the right age to develop a love of watches. Because after all, Christmas is for children.
Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). Toronto-based architect Mark Fleminger provides his insights.