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.
Gearheads love watches, watch nerds love cars. It's a simple equation, and grounds enough for watchmakers and car manufacturers to hit the road together.
In today’s world, more and more watch brands are struggling to set themselves apart and to offer customers a truly individual shopping experience. One of the ways that some are meeting the challenge is by offering a personalization or customization service.
After several years of blue being the big colour trend among dials, a shift was seeing during SIHH and several months later it still seems to be going strong during Baselworld. Black is back...
Omega and the International Olympic Committee have extended their partnership through to the XXXV Olympiad in 2032… an anniversary date, since the brand first served as official timekeeper in Los Angeles in 1932.
Like the minute repeater, tourbillon and the perpetual calendar, the equation of time is a rare and valued complication. True, it is an arcane function that neither chimes the hours, nor fights the effects of gravity, but it is rooted in the history of watchmaking and is therefore meaningful for aficionados.
H. Moser & Cie Chief Executive Edouard Meylan has made irreverent humour a hallmark of the brand's communication. Throw in some adroit marketing and huge respect for traditional watchmaking, and stand well back!