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.
We thought they had gone out of style, dropped off the radar, been run out of town by the arbiters of classicism and good taste. But not so fast... not only are super-sized watches alive and well, they are actually gaining ground, much to the delight of a fanbase who expect their timepiece to be jumbo.
At 73, Michael Douglas is delighted to go back to the lab as Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, the creator of the world's tiniest superhero, in "Ant-Man and the Wasp".
September spells the end of summer, when NATO straps and water-patinated bronze cases are just a tanline on the wrist. We've picked ten resilient watches that will help you move smoothly from summer to autumn. #RIPVacation.
The Egyptians used it. So did the Chinese, and the post-Revolution French when in 1793 the First Republic decreed the use of decimal time – which was given the chop less than two years later. These days, decimal time survives only as Swatch Group's Internet time, measured in beats.
It's Dorothy's brick road, it's the Beatles' submarine, it's sunshine on a rainy day. Buttercup, canary, lemon, mustard, straw, honey or saffron, a splash of yellow brings laidback style to the beautiful mechanics on our wrist. "Hey, chicken! You got the time?".