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.
His jeans may be faded but his blue eyes have that same intense sparkle. Robert Redford still radiates the natural authority that distinguishes one of cinema's greats. Interview.
Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). From the Middle East, two ladies add their voices. Léa Claude Sfeir is head of Sfeir vintage and of the F.P. Journe boutique in Beirut. Melika Yazdjerdi is Senior Marketing & Communication Director of Seddiqi Holding in Dubai. Both are industry insiders, and one is also a collector in her own right.
You may have forgotten your toothbrush (hopefully not your passport!), but you won't have gone anywhere this summer without your favourite timepiece clasped to your wrist - and another one in your suitcase, if you’re lucky!
Once an exercise in style, the extra-thin watch has evolved into a statement of the manufacturer's expertise as much as a symbol of the wearer's elegance. Today's size zero movements come with complications, while the type of winding (automatic or manual) determines what counts as a record.
Tool watches have long been the companion of military personnel, divers, pilots and explorers, and at one time were even vital to their job. In this series, we interview professionals and discuss the role their timepiece plays in their life.