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Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light © Omega
New Models
Designed for sport: the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra "Ultra Light"

With input from golfer and brand ambassador Rory McIlroy, Omega is launching a watch in Gamma Titanium that weighs just 55 grams. The movement is the Master Chronometer Calibre 8928.

Monday, 23 September 2019
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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Pearl pink gold malachite coral and diamonds watch © Van Cleef & Arpels
New Models
Scintillating secrets from Van Cleef & Arpels

The jeweller's Perlée collection includes two secret watches, one presented as a bracelet and one as a sautoir.

Friday, 20 September 2019
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
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Rolex bought a 46,000 square-metre plot of land, adjacent to buildings IV and VI © Rolex
Economy
Rolex has big plans in Biel

In September 2006, Rolex bought a plot of land in the city of Biel. Following a public consultation on June 1st 2008, it can now build on it. Rolex says it intends developing a new complex that will combine existing buildings into a single unit, thereby considerably facilitating logistics.

Friday, 19 September 2008
4 min read
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The Dubois Dépraz movement manufacturer in the Vallée de Joux (Switzerland) © Dubois Dépraz
Beginner's Guide
Pascal Dubois on watch culture

Pascal Dubois has watches in his blood. He and his brother Jean-Philippe are the fourth generation at the head of Dubois Dépraz, a family firm, founded in 1901 in the Vallée de Joux, that produces complications for the leading names in Swiss watches.

Friday, 19 September 2008
4 min read
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Quarter-repeater pocket watch with automate signed Daniel Isaac Piguet and Philippe Samuel Meylan (1) © Parmigiani
Point of View
Past, present, Parmigiani…

Born in 1950 in Val-de-Travers, Michel Parmigiani couldn't help but be immersed in the watchmaking culture that runs through this part of the Neuchâtel mountains. What began as curiosity became a life-long passion for his work as a restorer, a profession in which he never stops learning.

Friday, 19 September 2008
5 min read
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Cabriolet reversible watch, inspired by the model from 1928 © Universal Genève
News
On the need to create a proprietary movement

Back in the limelight, Universal is set to launch its very own in-house movement, the Microtor, this October. A now obligatory stage in the life of any watch firm.

Friday, 19 September 2008
Florence Noël
4 min read
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Dent Parliament 18k rose gold case, ivory dial with Roman numerals, Dent Calibre 101 Automatic 28,800 (4 Hz) © Dent
Economy
English watchmakers

Plans are well under way for the establishment of an English chronometer test certificate. And its qualifying standard is to be higher than the Swiss COSC and German equivalents. Watchmaking in England, a new story.

Friday, 19 September 2008
Michael Balfour
7 min read
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Repairing watches and clocks requires specific skills © CPIH
Economy
Watchmaking's after-sales headache

It's a simple piece of arithmetic. Take a company that produces 10,000 watches a year. If success is on the cards, after twenty years it will have sold 200,000 watches to customers at the four corners of the globe (Fine Watchmaking being an international market). Of these, the company can expect an annual return rate of around 10%, ranging from vintage pieces to watches suffering from stopped mechanisms, manufacturing defects, misuse or simply in need of a service. Add two and two together and some 20,000 watches will be making their way to the company's after-sales service door: twice annual production.

Friday, 19 September 2008
5 min read
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Montres-moins-de-5000-breaker
Our selection

10 luxury watches under €5,000

Friday, 14 June 2019
6 min read
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