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Fair and square: The history of Santos de Cartier
28 Nov 2018
Fair and square: The history of Santos de Cartier
Born some 115 years ago, Cartier Santos was destined to become a pioneer in a number of historical achievements: the first wristwatch for men developed from scratch, the first pilot watch, and finally the first watch-legend by Cartier. But their charm is by no means confined to a list of past merits. Sometimes the form and content suit each other so naturally, that they create a truly long-standing example of harmony and pure imagination.
A turning point: Her majesty the winding crown
26 Nov 2018
A turning point: Her majesty the winding crown
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?
The age of restoration: František Czapek
23 Nov 2018
The age of restoration: František Czapek
František Czapek (1811 - circa 1869) and his notable mark in the history of watchmaking.
Moritz Grossmann's Legacy
21 Nov 2018
Moritz Grossmann's Legacy
The contemporary of the great Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Moritz Grossmann has also left a significant mark in the history of Glashütte – the most important watchmaking region of Germany.
From Paris With Love: The history of Boucheron
20 Nov 2018
From Paris With Love: The history of Boucheron
With 160 years of success Boucheron has proved to be a true beacon of high jewelry art. Unsurprisingly, its history is full of romantic legends and believe it or not, almost all of them are real.
Métiers d'Art Secrets: A touch of wonder
19 Nov 2018
Métiers d'Art Secrets: A touch of wonder
With all the love for complex mechanics, one should not forget that the exterior of the watch sometimes takes as much effort to produce while its overall emotional impact can be even higher.
The power of three: restaurants praised by Michelin Guide
16 Nov 2018
The power of three: restaurants praised by Michelin Guide
Michelin 3-stars rating is not your ordinary quality mark. Michelin guide awards three stars only to restaurants deserve a separate trip each. So make sure that nothing distracts you from the culinary pleasure and meet eight places that have been included in the 2018 list.
Pierre Jaquet-Droz's Legacy
14 Nov 2018
Pierre Jaquet-Droz's Legacy
A native of the Swiss La Chaux-de-Fonds, Pierre Jaquet-Droz has made history not only with the highest level of decoration imaginable but with creation of several automatons – moving mechanical figures of people or animals, often mistaken by contemporaries for wonders or even witchcraft.
The Pace of Time: When precision is king
13 Nov 2018
The Pace of Time: When precision is king
Over the past few months, a number of manufacturers have demonstrated the results of their long-term developments in the field of extreme accuracy. And most of them took traditional watchmaking to absolutely new territories.
Swiss legacy with American roots: IWC history
8 Nov 2018
Swiss legacy with American roots: IWC history
IWC celebrates 150-year anniversary. A perfect time to refresh our knowledge and once again realize its generous contribution to horology – from legendary pilot’s watches to arguably the most reliable perpetual calendar on the market.
Escapement: The ticking is born
7 Nov 2018
Escapement: The ticking is born
Escapement is one of the key elements of a mechanical watch. Evenly transferring the energy of balance to the rest of the gear train, it is responsible for the accuracy of any timepiece. And yes, the very sound of the watch is born here.
John Arnold’s Legacy
2 Nov 2018
John Arnold’s Legacy
Let's continue the talk about once-famous trademarks gaining the second birth within the framework of modern haute horlogerie. This time we'll talk of John Arnold (1736-1799) and his legacy.