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.
Articles on the subject: Connoisseur of watches
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.
Tool watches have long been the companion of military personnel, divers, pilots and explorers, and at one time were even vital to their job. In this series, we interview professionals and discuss the role their timepiece plays in their life.
Noémie Balmat and Allan Joseph are the founders of Futur404, an online media that explores the future of fashion in the context of society. Is Fine Watchmaking a special case in the luxury segment? Here's what they think.
Love them or hate them, the one thing you can’t do is ignore them. Dubois Dépraz chronograph modules are possibly watchmaking's best-kept secret. Or worst, depending who you ask.