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.
In this early 21st century, table clocks are an invaluable showcase for the imagination and expertise of Fine Watch brands. After Patek Philippe and Cartier, spotlight on Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, MB&F and L'Epée 1839.
He's a risk-taker who never shirks a challenge, which is why Cartier chose Jake Gyllenhaal to front the campaign for its iconic Santos watch. We caught up with an actor who is also an adventurer and handy with a wood plane..
In this early 21st century, table clocks are an invaluable showcase for the imagination and expertise of Fine Watch brands. First in this two-part series are Patek Philippe and Cartier.
End-of-year bonus, bank account in the black, Christmas on the horizon… what better time to indulge in some of that "affordable luxury" we hear so much about. We take the matter in hand with 10 mechanical or quartz watches, with something for every wrist in every style.