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Audemars Piguet History: Watches, Myths, and Legends
14 Aug 2019
Audemars Piguet History: Watches, Myths, and Legends
With the Royal Oak as one of the most desirable watches of our age and the solid expertise in haute horlogerie complications, there are hardly a few manufactures around to rival Audemars Piguet in terms of prestige and respect. Founded right in the heart of Vallée de Joux in the XIX century, the company is still family owned and still operating in the same village. 
Zenith El Primero History: Tracking a Star
11 Jun 2019
Zenith El Primero History: Tracking a Star
The ultimate automatic chronograph celebrates the 50-year anniversary! Setting records, evolving, disappearing and reappearing again – the essential Zenith movement has seen it all… and still keeps pushing.
TAG Heuer Monaco 50th anniversary: The Evergreen Square
27 May 2019
TAG Heuer Monaco 50th anniversary: The Evergreen Square
Celebrating one the most important watch designs in history, TAG Heuer is releasing five limited editions throughout the year, each dedicated to a certain decade. This particular one was presented right at the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.

Long Live the Crown: Rolex history
24 Apr 2019
Long Live the Crown: Rolex history
No matter how deep you are into watches, there is one brand you’re definitely more than aware of. And while the tastes may differ, Rolex is the most recognizable watch company on Earth for quite a number of reasons, including precision, robustness, and timeless designs.
The Rise of a Nautilus: The History of the Essential Patek Philippe Collection
23 Apr 2019
The Rise of a Nautilus: The History of the Essential Patek Philippe Collection
In retrospect, the success of essential Patek collection follows a fundamental ‘no risk – no glory’ rule. Nowadays the brand’s catalog is unthinkable without the Nautilus, but forty-something years ago, in the midst of the quartz crisis, its premiere seemed quite an adventurous move.
The Cradle of Revolution: Urwerk history
3 Apr 2019
The Cradle of Revolution: Urwerk history
Even in a rather conservative watchmaking industry, there is always a place for some rebels ready to go against the generally accepted formulas and risk everything for the sake of a dream. And if the history of Urwerk can teach us anything, it's these individuals who create the classics of the future.
Legacy of the Brave: Jaeger-LeCoultre History
11 Mar 2019
Legacy of the Brave: Jaeger-LeCoultre History
During its 186-year history, the company has come up with some 1250 calibers, countless inventions, and patents. Scrambling through the huge list of its outstanding achievements, you can almost feel the cool breeze of discovery and adventure blowing straight in your face. And yes, we are talking Swiss watchmaking here, not the novel by Ernest Hemingway or Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
TAG Heuer celebrates the 50-anniversary of Monaco with a new limited editions and a dedicated book
10 Mar 2019
TAG Heuer celebrates the 50-anniversary of Monaco with a new limited editions and a dedicated book
The iconic model is being honoured with events in Europe, the US and Asia throughout 2019 – and a new Monaco limited-edition model will be launched at each event to celebrate the timepiece that first caught the world’s attention 50 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
A. Lange & Söhne introduces jubilee edition of Lange 1
22 Jan 2019
A. Lange & Söhne introduces jubilee edition of Lange 1
Any brand has a piece that shines a little brighter than the others, an essential watch that a company is associated with most and foremost. For A. Lange & Söhne such pillar is clearly the Lange 1 with its complex asymmetric dial and a grande date. So the 25th anniversary of a legendary watch that obviously coincides with 25th anniversary of brands’ re-opening is more than welcome.