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.
Collecting has existed since ancient times, in different forms but always with the same desire to uncover that elusive object. It is also a quest we should pursue with the utmost caution since it moved online, "home" to the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
From the infinitely vast to the infinitely small, the mysteries of the cosmos continue to fascinate watchmakers. Enjoy this one-way voyage into space and time, courtesy of Louis Moinet, Graham and MB&F.
What precisely do we mean by Fine Watchmaking? This is a complex question which the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie set out to answer through a definition of this singular environment and the brands within it. The White Paper on Fine Watchmaking is the result of three years of work by the Foundation's Cultural Council.
Since 1970, countries around the world have celebrated Earth Day. On April 22, close to 200 nations took part in the annual event that reminds us how much we owe our planet. Watch brands are making their contribution too.