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Many quartz calibers © Vincent Daveau
Watch Stories
A brief history of quartz (1)

The quartz revolution traumatised the Swiss watch industry to such a degree it is rarely documented. No longer, thanks to this short read. Part one: from the Seiko Astron to the Swatch.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
7 min read
Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2019
Point of View
Ambassadors and influencers are not in the same league

While brand ambassadors, sportsmen and women in particular, appeal to our inner athlete, what's to be said of influencers, champions of nothing at all. A case of here today, gone tomorrow?

Tuesday, 02 July 2019
3 min read
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio 47 mm
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
Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Spring Drive Chronograph GMT limited editions collection
Connoisseur of watches
Grand Seiko returns as a brand

Grand Seiko's success on international markets has been the cue for the Japanese firm to transform the collection into a full-fledged brand with its own production resources, logistics and sales support.

Thursday, 06 April 2017
3 min read
Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph cadran émail, Calibre 8R48
Mechanical watchmaking rises in Japan

Japanese watch firms are intent on beating the crisis and, with competition rife at entry level, are strengthening their footing in the mechanical market, as shown by last year's takeover of Frederique Constant by Citizen, and by Grand Seiko's international launch.

Monday, 13 March 2017
4 min read
Omega Seamaster
History & Masterpieces
The tool watch through the ages (1)

A tool watch is one in which means and ends coexist in perfect harmony and, as the tool watch has evolved, so has the idea of what it must constitute. With so many companies now peppering their ads with references to tool watches, what value can we still attach to the term? Can a tool watch created in the 1950s still be relevant in 2016?

Friday, 28 October 2016
Ilias Yiannopoulos
6 min read
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari
Plenty in reserve

Proof that watchmakers aren't lacking in energy, a succession of record-breaking power reserves has produced movements that will keep ticking for a week or longer on a single wind.

Monday, 02 May 2016
4 min read
Vontobel forecasts zero growth in 2015

Vontobel's annual report on Swiss watchmaking is as eagerly awaited as "Le Messager Boiteux", the country's oldest almanac. As far as forecasts go, the private bank is predicting zero growth for the sector this year.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015
3 min read
Seiko: keep it functional

Grand Seiko, the epitome of advances made in Japanese watchmaking, is fifty-five this year. Last year its Hi-Beat GMT version won the plaudits of the judges at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, one of the highest accolades a watch can achieve.

Monday, 06 April 2015
3 min read
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