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.
Not much has been seen of the "king of complications" these past couple of years. Now it's back with a vengeance, courtesy of Andreas Strehler, Blancpain and Carl F. Bucherer.
A Panerai looks great with a pair of stylish shades (preferably on the deck of a yacht). But the Astronomo has more in common with sunglasses than Italian chic: both use an optical phenomenon known as polarization.
Speculation and rumours fly freely in the months leading up to Baselworld, as collectors and journalists predict what the big brands will do to their favorite models.