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Sea Gull tourbillon watch
Connoisseur of watches
The tourbillon market in China

When Abraham-Louis Breguet patented his greatest ever invention on June 26, 1801, he could never have imagined that more than 200 years later, his tourbillon would be the complication most in demand among a group of affluent buyers, thousands of miles away in China.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Shining Zhu
3 min read
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Many quartz calibers © Vincent Daveau
Watch Stories
A brief history of quartz (1)

The quartz revolution traumatised the Swiss watch industry to such a degree it is rarely documented. No longer, thanks to this short read. Part one: from the Seiko Astron to the Swatch.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
7 min read
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Arraw Two-Face © RJ
Trend Forecaster
The kids are alright!

These are happy days for the kidult generation, now that Richard Mille is running a sweet shop, Romain Jerome has donned a villain's cape and H. Moser & Cie. has taken to watering its straps. Welcome to an age of nostalgia-driven watches, horological comforters and some kickass wrist wear. Because we're all just kids at heart.

Friday, 22 February 2019
4 min read
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Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black © H. Moser & Cie
Connoisseur of watches
Traditional to radical: new tourbillons at SIHH 2019

Tourbillons were the hot new complication in the late ’90s and early aughts. At the time, it was impressive enough to show the escapement on the dial, with its twirling carriage and decorated bridge. Nearly 20 years later, tourbillons need to pack a little more oomph to impress potential buyers.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019
5 min read
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Trend Forecaster
Product placement in Korean drama

Product placements are a well-oiled marketing technique, but it can take more to convince today's sophisticated audiences than a celebrity wearing a beautiful watch. Breitling is paving the way with the Korean drama, “Memories of the Alhambra”.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Laurent Francois
3 min read
Yellow Sapphire © Hublot
Connoisseur of watches
The very real benefits of synthetic jewels

Auguste Verneuil's groundbreaking discovery in 1892 made synthetic corundum a reality, and transformed watchmaking in the process.

Thursday, 14 February 2019
4 min read
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collectionneurs-1-cover
Connoisseur of watches
What Watch Collectors Want (IV)

Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). François-Xavier Overstake, founder of equationdutemps.blogspot.com is among the watch lovers to listen to.

Monday, 04 February 2019
6 min read
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Emily Blunt
Watch Stories
Emily Blunt, from Mickey to Mary

Fifty-four years after the Robert Stevenson classic with the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Julie Andrews, Disney has brought us a new screen adaptation of P. L. Travers' novel, for the big kids we are. Emily Blunt slips effortlessly into the role of the delightful British nanny.

Friday, 01 February 2019
Frank Rousseau
5 min read
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