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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
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatique.
Connoisseur of watches
The news from Basel: watches that tell the time

Baselworld 2017 marked a move away from "got it, flaunt it" in favour of profitability. This new direction has prompted brands to take a "functional" approach to watches and the markets.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
4 min read
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Woman walking smartphone finances
Lifestyle
FHH launches "Watch Essentials", its first training app

Training is an increasing focus of attention for the FHH through its HH Academy, which offers a 360° range of learning tools. These extend from face-to-face content and workshops to a new mobile application, a free download on Apple Store and Google Play Store.

Thursday, 13 April 2017
Press Release
3 min read
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Trend Forecaster
Six most talked about #watchesofinstagram

With over 8 million business profiles and 1 million advertisers, Instagram is considered one of the best tool brands have to reach an audience of younger, potential consumers. It is becoming a focal for the industry to launch and display new timepieces, such as the campaigns showcased at this year's SIHH. With over 8 million business profiles and 1 million advertisers, Instagram is considered one of the best tool brands have to reach an audience of younger, potential consumers. It is becoming a focal for the industry to launch and display new timepieces, such as the campaigns showcased at this year's SIHH.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
13 min read
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm
Watch Stories
In the deep end

Most dive watches aren't worn for diving but still have to comply with criteria that are calculated for the toughest conditions. This, and some clever design touches, have won dive watches an army of fans. A look at some of the ones on show in Basel.

Monday, 10 April 2017
2 min read
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Breitling Superocean Heritage II 46mm - Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono
Connoisseur of watches
Breitling and Tudor, partners in time

With the 100th Baselworld behind us, as industry observers speculate on the future and the hostesses finally clamber out of their heels, the collaboration between Tudor and Breitling moves into gear.

Friday, 07 April 2017
3 min read
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Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Spring Drive Chronograph GMT limited editions collection
Connoisseur of watches
Grand Seiko returns as a brand

Grand Seiko's success on international markets has been the cue for the Japanese firm to transform the collection into a full-fledged brand with its own production resources, logistics and sales support.

Thursday, 06 April 2017
3 min read
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