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