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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
The L.U.C EHG movement is a joint development by the Ecole d'Horlogerie de Genève and Chopard Manufacture © Chopard
Watch Stories
Chopard and the Ecole d'Horlogerie de Genève become partners for the long term

The Geneva School of Watchmaking and Chopard have worked together on the L.U.C EHG movement, which equips the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse The Tribute anniversary watch. This new calibre has also been supplied to the school in "kit" form for its students’ future study pieces.

Monday, 08 March 2010
4 min read
Richard Mille and Felipe Massa © Richard Mille
Connoisseur of watches
Felipe Massa test drives Richard Mille watches

Since 2004, the racing driver Felipe Massa has been testing Richard Mille watches in real-life conditions.The champion tells all.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
2 min read
Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre - Calibre 978 Master Tourbillon © Jaeger-LeCoultre
Watch Stories
The Concours International de Chronométrie puts watchmakers to the test

Quartz saw the last of timing competitions. Now they return with the Concours International de Chronométrie, organised by the Musée d’Horlogerie du Locle. Jaeger-LeCoultre and René Addor are the victors of this first edition.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009
9 min read
Watch Stories
Collectors of a feather flock together

Numerous societies of watch enthusiasts have sprung up either side of the Atlantic. Through their activities and journals, they foster enthusiasm for the instruments that measure time. Michel Viredaz from Chronométrophilia explains.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009
4 min read
Gold nuggets © Goldlake Group
Watch Stories
Setting a new gold standard

After conflict diamonds, advocates of sustainable development from industrialists to watchmakers, jewellers and retailers are training their sights on dirty gold. The first certification system will come into operation next January.

Friday, 27 November 2009
5 min read
Bingham Canyon in Utah, the world's largest man-made excavation which yields 1,400 ounces (43.4 kg) of gold a day © DR
Watch Stories
A drop in the ocean?

Efforts to track down and eradicate dirty gold must contend with numerous hurdles. According to a report by the WWF in Guyana, clandestine operations continue because of the "disconcerting facility" with which illegal production can be infiltrated into authorised channels. And Guyana is far from being the only country in this situation. Another major stumbling block is that supply is highly fragmented as refineries source gold from mines in more than 60 countries.

Friday, 27 November 2009
3 min read

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