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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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Blochchain-cover
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
HYT H1 Colorblock
Connoisseur of watches
HYT, on liquid time

HYT's hydromechanical watches take us back to ancient water clocks, yet the Neuchâtel brand chooses not to build on this early form of time measurement, with its rich implications, in its communication. Wrongly so?

Monday, 26 June 2017
Luc Debraine
5 min read
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horloge Isospring4 photo Alain Herzog-EPFL
Connoisseur of watches
An escapement that swings and sways

There has been a lot of experimenting with alternative escapements that might replace the 200-year-old Swiss lever escapement. With little success so far. But there is hope: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an oscillator that functions in a completely different way.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017
5 min read
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Singer Track 1
Connoisseur of watches
On Track for success

Track 1 is the very first watch by Singer, a new brand launched by three luminaries in their respective fields of cars, design and movement construction. The result is a 60s-inspired watch that reimagines the chronograph.

Thursday, 15 June 2017
4 min read
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Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Planetarium
Connoisseur of watches
A dial with a view

Thanks to the métiers d'art, or through stunning complications, watch dials take us far, very far, from our daily routine.

Monday, 29 May 2017
4 min read
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Vacheron Constantin Celestia
Connoisseur of watches
Why we track equation of time

Like the minute repeater, tourbillon and the perpetual calendar, the equation of time is a rare and valued complication. True, it is an arcane function that neither chimes the hours, nor fights the effects of gravity, but it is rooted in the history of watchmaking and is therefore meaningful for aficionados.

Monday, 08 May 2017
6 min read
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H Moser Swiss Mad Watch SIHH
Connoisseur of watches
H. Moser & Cie's maverick marketing

H. Moser & Cie Chief Executive Edouard Meylan has made irreverent humour a hallmark of the brand's communication. Throw in some adroit marketing and huge respect for traditional watchmaking, and stand well back!

Thursday, 04 May 2017
3 min read
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Haute Horlogerie journals 2019-2020
Trend Forecaster

Watch Trends 2019-2020, a unique analysis from the FHH

Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Written By Christophe Roulet
4 min read
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