Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black is a minimalistic culmination from H. Moser & Cie. manufacture. After removing both logo and indices from the dial of its Concept models, it now presents a watch with no hands at all. The glossy black dial features a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock and so its rectangular case with rounded corners looks like a smart watch on standby.
In 2019, Christophe Claret is celebrating a double anniversary: the 30th anniversary of his manufacture and the 10th anniversary of his brand. The watchmaker is enriching his collection of traditional complication watches with a limited-edition anniversary model combining a tourbillon with a long detent escapement and a cable-type fusee transmission system.
Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph mixes bold designs, a tourbillon, and a chonograph with something that theoretically can become the next big thing in watchmaking. At least, this is what a whole team of TAG Heuer mathematicians, physicists and chemists behind the piece are sure of.
Hand engraving enjoys quite a special status among the variety of watch decorations techniques. An exquisite pattern on a dial or a case makes brings your mechanical piece of art to a whole new level. And you don’t have to be a horology expert to understand its beauty.
Perpetual calendar is widely considered one of the most prestigious and sophisticated complications for a reason. In fact, we are talking several different functions here seamlessly integrated into a single system: in addition to date and it often includes days of the week and a moonphase. And then of course, there’s a leap year indicator as well as the ability to deal with 28-th and 29-th of February.
Of all the watch technical specs, water resistance seems to be the most controversial. All thanks to confusing depth ratings, the non-mandatory nature of international standards, and some widely marketed technologies that are in fact totally useless in real-life situations. Well, here’s the truth and only the truth.
If the world of luxury watches is the last stronghold of classical mechanics in today’s digital world, then the timepieces with jacquemarts and automata are indeed a sacred temple, hidden beneath its fortified walls. What other complication can be so ridiculously old-fashioned, yet extremely cute and fun, like tiny figures moving to the strikes of the gong?
What could be so special about a wheel turning back and forth, and a spring, returning it back each time? Why have legendary scientists dedicated hundreds of experiments and lots of theoretical research to this miniature couple? It turns out, that accuracy of any watch depends on the nuances of their work.
Chronograph arguably holds one of the leading position in the list of the most common complications. And while it’s not very likely that the owners of such a piece measure their sporting achievements or elevator trips on a daily basis, the function for precise measurements surely gives some weight and high-brow attitude to a watch.
In virtual top-10 of the most overlooked parts of the watch movement, the crown will very likely land somewhere at podium position. We use it almost every day, taking it for granted, but do you actually know how it is constructed and what has shaped its appearance during the last 150 years?