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Articles on the subject: Connoisseur of watches

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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Connoisseur of watches
Why blockchain could be the answer when fighting fakes

Could you tell the difference between a genuine Rolex and a fake? Each year, over 40 million counterfeit watches hit the market in more and more convincing forms. We take a look at whether Blockchain could help weed out the imposters.

Monday, 07 October 2019
Hope Frost
10 min read
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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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Connoisseur of watches
Meet your metal! (II)

Fiery, adaptable or hyper-sensitive... what if your watch's case metal hid a personality of its own? You won't see your favourite timepiece in quite the same way again...

Tuesday, 13 August 2019
6 min read
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Serpenti Seduttori 18k yellow gold © Bulgari
Connoisseur of watches
Meet your metal! (I)

Heart of gold or will of steel, metals have a personality of their own. And watchmakers know how to handle their various moods, armed with patience and expertise.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019
5 min read
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Balance with silicon hairspring
Connoisseur of watches
Silicon balance springs Made in America

Can a U.S.-made silicon balance spring jumpstart the country’s watch manufacturing industry?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019
4 min read
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Connoisseur of watches
Swatch launches a paramagnetic balance spring

The "fun" brand of the world's number-one watch group has introduced Nivachron, a titanium-based alloy whose foremost property is to be unaffected by magnetic fields. This economical solution isn't intended to replace silicon but will benefit other brands.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019
4 min read
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Connoisseur of watches
What Watch Collectors Want (V)

Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). We round off the series with insight from Turonny Fuad, an entrepreneur in Singapore.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Victoria Townsend
5 min read
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