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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
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
Watch Stories
Vanitas vanitatum, the relentless passing of time

What more evocative allegory for these words from the book of Ecclesiastes, which evoke human "vanity" and the transience of human life, than the skull. An imagery watchmakers have been quick to seize upon.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012
3 min read
Trend Forecaster
Couture timekeeping: high fashion brands colonize the Jura

What do Hermes and Chanel have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all leading luxury brands with a prestigious couture label and a legendary founder. What distinguishes them from their fashion runway cousins, however, is that they are also Swiss watchmakers.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
7 min read
Watch Stories
The Clock puts Christian Marclay on Time Magazine's Top 100 list

The Clock, winner of the Golden Lion at the 54th Venice Biennale, has catapulted Christian Marclay to the pantheon of the world's most influential people. Time Magazine ranks the artist, a recent guest lecturer at Lausanne University of Art and Design, second in its 2012 Top 100.

Monday, 04 June 2012
4 min read
Trend Forecaster
What goes around comes around

"Vintage" has become common parlance when describing horological production today. According to some sources, the word originates in the Old French vendange (grape harvest) which came to refer to an exceptional year for wine. Others claim its etymology lies in the locution vingt ans d'âge which watchmakers use to refer to any timepiece older than two decades (twenty years of age). Given most Manufactures' venerable age, many of their iconic timepieces fall within this category of vintage, and bringing the past up-to-speed with the present has emerged as a major trend in watchmaking.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
2 min read
Watch Stories
Converting women to grandes complications: mission accomplished for Patek Philippe

Crowning its efforts to propose complex mechanical watches for women, the Genevan firm presents the first ever perpetual calendar in its collections specifically for ladies.

Saturday, 10 March 2012
4 min read
Hublot Oceanographic 4000 © Hublot
Watch Stories
The skipper, the sea and his watch

During warm summer days, the ocean never fails to cast its irresistible spell on holidaymakers yearning for a taste of sea air and possibly a little spin out on their boats with friends. Once again, watchmakers are at the ready.

Thursday, 14 July 2011
4 min read

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