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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
Hautlence Vortex Bronze
Trend Forecaster
The new Bronze Age

Nothing could be less futuristic than bronze, yet three of the styles unveiled at Baselworld confirm this copper alloy has its rightful place in contemporary watch collections.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016
4 min read
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Carrera Heuer-02T tourbillon TAg Heuer
Connoisseur of watches
Is a $15,950 tourbillon watch a steal ?

"The New York Times" set out to understand how a watch that price can be considered a good deal, and why horological enthusiasts are willing to pay the equivalent of a year's rent to wear a piece of obsolete technology on their wrist.

Monday, 14 March 2016
3 min read
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NOUVEAU PARTENARIAT HORLOGER ET AUTOMOBILE POUR RICHARD MILLE ET ASTON MARTIN ©ASTON-MARTIN-2016
Watch Stories
Pole position

Take, in no particular order, Patrick Dempsey, Mille Miglia, and a handful of chronos. Shake energetically. Throw in a good dose of testosterone, a pint of adrenaline and a sprinkling of speed. Then, without further ado, sit back and enjoy what's on the menu at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016
5 min read
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CreaBowieReup
Trend Forecaster
Did David Bowie influence watch design?

His incomparable style went far beyond music and fashion. The androgynous dandy, the master of transformation, David Bowie was unique in his ability to blur boundaries and bend the rules of gender. A unisex style that has found its way into watchmaking too.

Tuesday, 08 March 2016
3 min read
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 39.5mm
Watch Stories
Is the dive watch really high and dry ?

Enjoyed for their dynamic style and robustness, dive watches have hit rock bottom. Are brands proving resistant to the sporty appeal of these underwater instruments?

Thursday, 03 March 2016
4 min read
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Pierce Brosnan
Trend Forecaster
Pierce Brosnan, for your eyes only

The actor poses for Speake-Marin in two new photos that capture the elegance and style of the gentleman watchmaker.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
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04_IWC_Galapagos_Mood
Seabed

What's new on the diving watch side?

Let's dive!
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