It took watchmakers some time to realise the extent to which gravity influenced the proper functioning of their mechanisms. Now, not only are they able to counter its effects (since the early 1800s), they are even turning this invisible force to their advantage, much to the delight of collectors and enthusiasts who continue to ask them for the Moon!
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Tick-tock, tick-tock, the countdown has begun. Only a few more days to go until Christmas. This year, Santa has swapped his red suit for a watchmaker's white coat, and filled his sack with mechanical treasures that will reawaken the child in us all.
Concerns over trade in a post-Brexit Britain haven't prevented the UK market from performing well these past months, aided by sterling's weakness. As the country heads towards its latest deadline, watch brands are making sure they are prepared for every outcome, including a no-deal scenario.
Showcased inside a building by award-winning architect Shigeru Ban, part of Swatch Group's Cité du Temps campus in Biel, the new Omega Museum traces 170 years in the history of a multi-talented brand.
To mark the second breakfast meeting held at the Bucherer Gallery in Geneva under the auspices of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, a new group of enthusiasts gathered to debate the concept of value in the current watchmaking scene. Once again, the lessons learned were many and varied.
Omega marks 50 years since the release of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" with a Seamaster Diver 300M, replete with references to Bond, James Bond.
"See red", "Feel blue", "Green with envy"... expressions such as these reflect how colour impacts our mood and behaviour. Watch brands also use colour to appeal to our subconscious. Is the owner of that blue chrono buying into their desire for distant horizons? Is the lady with the scarlet automatic a femme fatale? Read on and see what the colour of your watch says about you.
In a year marked by Woodstock, Concorde's first scheduled flight and the moon landing, Swiss watchmakers battled it out to present the first automatic chronograph. It would be Seiko that took the honours with its Calibre 6139, before striking an almost fatal blow with the Astron.