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Balance wheel with silicon hairspring © Firehouse Horology
Connoisseur of watches
Why engineers are leading the battle of the balance spring

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.

Monday, 14 October 2019
4 min read
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The original Monaco from 1969 was considered too unconventional for the era.
Trend Forecaster
A little piece of Elvis, Paul or Jackie on your wrist…

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.

Friday, 11 October 2019
Flavia Giovannelli
6 min read
Dwayne Johnson
Watch Stories
Why watches are a "tool" for Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson has become Hollywood's biggest (in every sense) action-movie star, with a will to match his impressive physique and bone-crushing handshake. Needless to say, only the most "virile" watches make the grade.

Friday, 05 October 2018
Frank Rousseau
7 min read
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Connoisseur of watches
What watch collectors want (I)

Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). Robert M. Brenner, a physician from the Boston area, leads the way, followed in Parts II to V by voices from Toronto, Paris, Beirut / Dubai, and Singapore.

Thursday, 04 October 2018
Victoria Townsend
5 min read
The 23mm and 33mm ladies' Bulgari Bulgari.
Trend Forecaster
Lilliputian ladies' watches

With the right design and the right name, a small watch can make a big statement.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018
4 min read
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Connoisseur of watches
Only Time Will Tell: MB&F Moonmachine
Friday, 28 September 2018
3 min watch
Rolex-Submariner
Connoisseur of watches
"A dive watch isn’t a necessity but it is an added bonus"

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.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018
4 min read
Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres 2460 RT © Vacheron Constantin
Trend Forecaster
Calling Planet Earth

The first occurrence of a stylised terrestrial globe as an integral part of a wristwatch was in 2011, on Greubel Forsey's GMT. Others have since followed suit, and Planet Earth now adorns the wrist of travellers and makes an inspired addition to astronomical timepieces. Enjoy a closer look at these eleven watches - Copernicus would have approved!

Friday, 21 September 2018
8 min read
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Seabed

What's new on the diving watch side?

Let's dive!
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