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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
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Lifestyle
Every second counts

During the night of June 30th, a "leap second" was added to time. The twenty-sixth since 1972, its purpose is to make up for the slowing of Earth's rotation, which is partly due to warming oceans.

Monday, 06 July 2015
3 min read
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Watch Stories
Make way for "artketing"

In October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition space designed by Frank Gehry, opened in Paris. French daily Le Monde took this opportunity to question Christophe Rioux, a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, on the increasingly close-knit ties between luxury and contemporary art.

Friday, 05 December 2014
3 min read
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Connoisseur of watches
The story of the Rolex Daytona

A look at how this iconic watch, the epitome of the Rolex brand, has evolved over its fifty-year existence.

Friday, 21 June 2013
Quentin Simonet
5 min read
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Watch Stories
Drive time

Automakers legitimately steal the limelight from watchmakers at the Geneva Motor Show, but this doesn't prevent the custodians of time from using the event to move communications into top gear. A few examples from the 83rd Show.

Monday, 18 March 2013
Flavia Giovannelli
4 min read
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Watch Stories
The Fondation Cartier, 30 years of intimacy with contemporary art

Spotlight on a foundation that keeps a finger on the pulse of creativity.

Thursday, 14 March 2013
5 min read
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Watch Stories
A man in tune with his times

A lively interview with Hervé Chandès, General Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

Thursday, 14 March 2013
4 min read
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Seabed

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