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Lifestyle

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
Vacheron Constantin
Trend Forecaster
Building value with the perfect message

Would Van Cleef & Arpels partner with a racing car team on a noisy circuit? The chances of this are about as improbable as HYT becoming an exclusive sponsor of ballet for Dubai Opera. In either case, the message sent out would be confusing, to say the least.

Monday, 10 July 2017
Victoria Townsend
5 min read
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Lifestyle
Ulysse Nardin now a partner to FHH

Ulysse Nardin, established 1846, joins the circle of partners to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie in its mission to promote the values of technical and precious Fine Watchmaking.

Monday, 03 July 2017
Press release
2 min read
Sarah Duneton Photography
Connoisseur of watches
In the metal: The Cartier Drive Extra-Flat
Friday, 30 June 2017
2 min watch
HYT H1 Colorblock
Connoisseur of watches
HYT, on liquid time

HYT's hydromechanical watches take us back to ancient water clocks, yet the Neuchâtel brand chooses not to build on this early form of time measurement, with its rich implications, in its communication. Wrongly so?

Monday, 26 June 2017
Luc Debraine
5 min read
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horloge Isospring4 photo Alain Herzog-EPFL
Connoisseur of watches
An escapement that swings and sways

There has been a lot of experimenting with alternative escapements that might replace the 200-year-old Swiss lever escapement. With little success so far. But there is hope: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an oscillator that functions in a completely different way.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017
5 min read
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Hautlence Playground Pinball
Trend Forecaster
Toys for boys

Watchmakers have definitely grasped the fact that the child slumbering inside each of us is just begging to be reawakened with creations combining nostalgia with a fantasy universe.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
3 min read
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