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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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FreakLab calibre UN-210 © Ulysse Nardin
Trend Forecaster
How watchmakers are resisting magnetism

Exposure to magnetic fields isn't without consequence on a mechanical watch's proper functioning. After early attempts to resolve the problem, recent innovations are delivering promising results. Demagnetising tools are also benefiting from new developments.

Monday, 23 September 2019
Flavia Giovannelli
7 min read
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Serpenti Seduttori 18k yellow gold © Bulgari
Connoisseur of watches
Meet your metal! (I)

Heart of gold or will of steel, metals have a personality of their own. And watchmakers know how to handle their various moods, armed with patience and expertise.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019
5 min read
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Greubel Forsey's atelier
Beginner's Guide
Greubel Forsey: measuring time without counting time

Greubel Forsey doesn't make watches. It crafts timepieces which, one by one, rebuild the expertise that fell by the wayside of the quartz crisis. We visited the brand in Le Crêt-du-Locle.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018
5 min read
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Built in 2002, the factory in La Combe, on the edge of Le Lieu, is where components are made, with the exception of gears and pinions which are produced in Arch, in the canton of Bern.
Beginner's Guide
Dubois Dépraz invests heavily

Already with two sites in the village of Le Lieu and a third in Arch, this specialist in additional mechanisms recently moved into new premises in Les Charbonnières, in La Vallée de Joux. This bricks-and-mortar expansion has been matched by a CHF 4 million investment in equipment. At stake: the market for pre-assembled components.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018
5 min read
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Cylindrical balance spring from Precision Engineering
New Models
Precision Engineering's first cylindrical balance spring

Sister company to H. Moser & Cie, Precision Engineering is one of the few manufacturers with the capacity to develop and produce regulating organs and their components: balance springs, balances, levers and escape wheels. At last month's EPHJ fair, it presented the prototype for its first cylindrical balance spring.

Thursday, 05 July 2018
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
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The 1858 Pocket Watch Limited Edition transforms into a compass. It carries on from the watches that Minerva was making in the 1930s for military and mountaineering use.
Beginner's Guide
Minerva's heritage will become the essence of Montblanc

Managing Director of Montblanc's Watch Division since 2015, Davide Cerrato doesn't want to dissolve Minerva within the brand but to instil its values. A strategy that has already made its mark in the TimeWalker collection.

Wednesday, 02 May 2018
5 min read
Renaissance skeleton clock, Germany, circa 1620. Musée de Cluses © Charles Savouret
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part One

Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part one: from the clepsydra to the verge escapement.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018
6 min read
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio 47 mm
Culture
Watches and magnetism: poles apart? (II)

Watchmakers have always been at pains to shield their movements from magnetic fields. But as science has progressed, a handful of visionaries have searched for ways to turn magnetism to their advantage. This two-part article - an MRI of the latest developments – explains just what the big attraction is.

Thursday, 05 October 2017
6 min read
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