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.
Now that science has proven the extra-terrestrial origins of gold, that fragment of space on our wrist is all the more special. On a more down to earth note, gold remains a safe haven when the economy hits rock-bottom.
His pecs moulded by a shirt that must have shrunk in the wash, Sylvester Stallone proves that even at 71, a guy doesn't have to let himself go. But it's not all about the muscles. "Sly" also has a great sense of humour, particularly when talking about his love of watches so beautiful they will knock you out.
A watch can be passed down as an item that will hold, even gain in value. Some brands have even transformed this notion of heirloom and heritage into an element of their communication.
For every couple about to tie the knot, we wish you nothing but the best. Beginning with a selection of watches and wedding rings that will ensure the happiest day of your life is exactly that.