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.
It's hard to imagine Cartier as anything other than a fabulously successful watchmaker and jeweller, but it hasn't all been plain sailing. In the early 1970s, the company was in dire straits, the Cartier family no longer involved with the business, and chances of bouncing back were slim. And yet the company stayed strong in the face of adversity. We met Alain-Dominique Perrin, who helped steer Cartier back to greatness.
A jeweller, a watchmaker, a jewellery watchmaker, Italian brand Bulgari appeals to many people for many different reasons. Which are the brand’s fan favourites? We scoured Instagram in search of the top five most Instagrammed #Bulgari watches.
Like its creator, the watch Pierre Arpels imagined in 1949 was the epitome of elegance. In 2014, Van Cleef & Arpels added an air of cosmopolitan sophistication to the collection with the introduction of a dual time zone complication.
Impossible to miss between 2004 and 2015, it looked as though the tourbillon had lost some of its power to turn collectors' heads. This most iconic of complications is now making a comeback both in collections and in the online world.
The wind in your hair at the wheel of a classic car or manning the ropes on deck, stretched out on hot sands or making waves, rock chick or dancing queen, how will you spend your summer? Answer in ten watches that will make you regret having only two wrists.
"Elementary, my dear watchmaker" is a phrase that springs to mind when setting eyes on this supremely elegant watch. But, as is often the case, the simplest objects are the most complex to produce. Spotlight on the Slim d'Hermès and its ultra-thin in-house movement.