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.
Manufacturers are at pains to incorporate features of a mechanical watch in their smartwatches, including analog displays and even movements. These hybrid products raise the question of what defines a wristwatch today?
Now that science has proven the extra-terrestrial origins of gold, that fragment of space on our wrist is all the more special. On a more down to earth note, gold remains a safe haven when the economy hits rock-bottom.
When it comes to getting a feel for a watch, nothing compares to spending a few days with it on the wrist. Proportion, design, comfort, functions… Here's our verdict on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph.