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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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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
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Watch Stories
The name’s Bond and the Watch is Omega

Whether he’s dressed to impress in a tailored-suit, or dressed to kill in a polo neck top, there’s one thing this British spy is never without (okay, that is unless he’s walking out of the ocean in his suggestive swim trunks)…His watch. His name’s Bond, James Bond. And he wears a Seamaster, an Omega Seamaster.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016
3 min read
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Watch Stories
Space: When reality is stranger than (science) fiction

Some time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away, a new generation of watchmakers was born. Raised on mangas and space heroes, they would give rise to watches inspired by intergalactic vessels and the dark side of the force. Space calling Earth, what time is it?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016
4 min read
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Watch Stories
Movies: Watchmaking’s eight headline acts on the film scene

Adorning stars gliding up festival steps is no longer enough. Watchmakers now expect to see their name in lights. A look at the winners’ list in this game of active support for cinema: and the prizes go to…

Tuesday, 19 January 2016
6 min read
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Watch Stories
The Cold War technology that seduced Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple

Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" biopic, released end 2015, cast Michael Fassbender as the technology guru who died in 2011, Kate Winslet as his marketing chief, and Seth Rogen in the role of Steve Wozniak, the not so public figure who changed the face of the world as co-founder of Apple in 1976. This "other Steve" talks us through a rather unusual Watch.

Friday, 15 January 2016
Frank Rousseau
5 min read
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Watch Stories
How watch companies are helping to save the planet - IWC

The perils of climate change and poor environmental policies are well documented. There are a number of ways we can help save our planet, and watch companies are getting involved in the solutions. This is the fifth in a series of articles that explores that involvement.

Friday, 27 November 2015
3 min read
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Watch Stories
How watch companies are helping to save the planet - Omega

The perils of climate change and poor environmental policies are well documented. There are a number of ways we can help save our planet, and watch companies are getting involved in the solutions. This is the fourth in a series of articles that explores that involvement.

Thursday, 12 November 2015
4 min read
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