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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Written By Xavier Markl
4 min read

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Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti
From the Workbench
The taming of the screw

However insignificant it may appear on the surface, you would need to have a screw loose not to give this fundamental part the attention it deserves. The screw, whose invention is lost in the convolutions of history, performs most of the mechanical connections in today's complex calibres. Whoever said screws matter hit the nail on the head.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016
6 min read
From the Workbench
Urwerk joins Oscillon

First came the "Naissance d'une Montre" venture launched by Time Æon Foundation. Now Urwerk, Greubel Forsey and the FHH are lending their support to a similar project, Oscillon, whose ambition is to perpetuate the skills and excellence of watchmaking.

Monday, 07 November 2016
The HH Journal editors
2 min read
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How we put the spring into watches (III)

The unit cost of a balance spring is considerably more than the per-ounce price of gold. This, alongside difficulties in securing supplies of special calibrated balance springs, has prompted certain watch brands to "go it alone" and manufacture their own.

Monday, 24 October 2016
3 min read

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How we put the spring into watches (II)

With the balance spring now ensconced in their movements, watchmakers were able to consider a more precise subdivision of time for their pocket watches, hence the advent of the minute hand circa 1700. The race for precision was a serious business that would force watchmakers to imagine new escapements and new balance springs to go with them.

Monday, 10 October 2016
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Hublot Big Bang Linen Orange
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The best-dressed watches wear linen

As well as dressing fashionistas and mummies, linen has plenty to offer watch brands. Hublot finds new applications for this natural fibre in the Big Bang Linen collection.

Monday, 03 October 2016
3 min read
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Assembly.
From the Workbench
How we put the spring into watches (I)

A component weighing just a few hundredths of a gram transformed the watch from mechanised jewel into a scientific instrument that measured time with sufficient precision to enable navigators to discover the oceans and later take Man into space. Read all about the fabulous adventure of the balance spring…

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
5 min read
Mimotec has developed a technology able to manufacture 24K gold trains by material growth (UV-LIGA).
From the Workbench
Reinventing the wheels of time

Breitling, Lang & Heyne and Piaget have all presented a new type of wheel this year. Made from silicon or gold, their purpose is to improve performance. All three are made not by machining, but using erosion or material growth technology.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Louis Nardin
4 min read
The brainchild of HE-Arc Ingénierie, Micro5 is a five-axis CNC machine weighing 35kg and no bigger than a coffee-maker.
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Today Micro5, tomorrow microfactory?

A CNC machine that delivers the same quality as one which uses ten times more space and energy was the centre of attention at the EPHJ trade fair in Geneva. The environmental benefits could be huge.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016
4 min read
Tell Watch
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Taking the mystery out of CAD

Swiss company AiM is behind Tell Watch, CAD software specifically for the watch industry, now with a 3D-reader extension for real-time animations. A solution that should find applications across the board. Confirmation at EPHJ*.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016
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