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The first among equals: Breguet history
22 Feb 2019
The first among equals: Breguet history
Any conversation about watchmaking history can start and end with mentioning Abraham-Louis Breguet. His name is familiar to much larger audience than regular watch lovers, while his numerous inventions have literary defined the industry for two and a half centuries.
La Chaux-de-Fonds: My heart's in the highlands
15 Feb 2019
La Chaux-de-Fonds: My heart's in the highlands
The population of La Chaux-de-Fonds barely reaches 40,000 people, but don’t let the modest size mislead you: this is one of the two largest watchmaking areas in Switzerland. By the number of watch-related factories and offices, the city located some ten kilometers from the French border, can only be compared to Biel/Bien.
It’s all about love: Romantic timepieces
14 Feb 2019
It’s all about love: Romantic timepieces
St. Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at some watches that manage to carry a love message, apart from the regular time-telling duties.
Swatch Group: Size matters
11 Feb 2019
Swatch Group: Size matters
With all due respect for the big independent brands, the lion's share of today's market is de facto owned by just a few watchmaking groups. And it’s quite logical to start a long conversation about their origins and structure with the largest one: the Swatch Group.
Glashütte: in the heart of German watchmaking
8 Feb 2019
Glashütte: in the heart of German watchmaking
Unlike Switzerland, where a visit to the key watchmaking areas will require a sightseeing tour across half the country, the main chorological heritage of Germany is located in one region. Well, sometimes greatness do come at a very modest size.
Geneva: A perfect place to be called the watchmaker’s capital
5 Feb 2019
Geneva: A perfect place to be called the watchmaker’s capital
The city stretching along lake Geneva seems to be a calm tourist Paradise. The old Europe atmosphere, a wide variety of museums and restaurants, gorgeous views of the Alps and the world-famous cheese and chocolate. However, from the viewpoint of a horology fan it’s primarily the birthplace of numerous legendary brands.
Christophe Claret Angelico: Not your typical fusee
4 Feb 2019
Christophe Claret Angelico: Not your typical fusee
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.
The bridges to eternity: Girard-Perregaux history
2 Feb 2019
The bridges to eternity: Girard-Perregaux history
Unlike some other big names, manufacture has never seized watch production in more than 225 years of it’s existence. Tons of calibers, 80 patents, and of course some horological milestones that have drastically changed the industry.
TAG Heuer presents the very first watch with a carbon hairspring
31 Jan 2019
TAG Heuer presents the very first watch with a carbon hairspring
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.
Starting from scratch: The Ins and Outs of Engraving
29 Jan 2019
Starting from scratch: The Ins and Outs of Engraving
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.
From here to eternity: The perpetual Calendar
25 Jan 2019
From here to eternity: The perpetual Calendar
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.
Against the stream: A deep dive into water resistance
23 Jan 2019
Against the stream: A deep dive into water resistance
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.