Astronomical functions, automata, chimes, world time… complications require absolute mastery of mechanisms, as illustrated at Watches and Wonders.
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Only 20 examples of the new Régulateur Squelette movement will be produced and housed in a choice of round or octagonal cases. This calibre with tourbillon and fusee-and-chain transmission thus heralds a new approach for Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud.
Over the past twelve months FHH Journal has reported on watch industry news, covering everything from the markets to brands and their products. Here, in brief, are some of the events that marked this unusual year.
Geneva Watch Days helped make up for the absence of the industry's traditional fairs, albeit on a much smaller scale. The 16 exhibiting brands showed watches for men of taste and men of action.
Ferdinand Berthoud's Chronomètre FB 2RE, the first of a new collection; Greubel Forsey's Balancier S, its second sports watch; Patek Philippe's 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon: presenting a trio of high-mech watches that recently made their debut.
This new execution of Ferdinand Berthoud's first contemporary watch is a limited edition of just five pieces. Platinum and grey ceramic surround a translucent blue dial.
There was a time when visitors came to Baselworld expecting to be dazzled. But those days are gone. Exhibitors at this year's fair presented collections that were solidly grounded but lacking star quality. It was left to the independents to keep the flame of creativity burning.
Mechanical watchmaking is a world of unbridled creativity, as SIHH 2019 once again demonstrates. Whether in the field of traditional complications or in the "new horology" playground, after a quieter period these extraordinary creations again have an audience. Here is our selection of the ten most outstanding of all.
The world equates watchmaking with Switzerland, so much so that it's hard to imagine it was ever any other way. And yet during the eighteenth century, horology's most brilliant minds descended on Paris, while Switzerland and Geneva had a reputation for "trinkets" and cheaper wares.