History of Time

Astronomy and Watchmaking
Astronomy and Watchmaking

Astronomical displays are rare, technical complications, and in recent years they’ve become part of the core expertise of independent bra...

Langepedia & WatchBox: The Zeitwerk Renaissance
Langepedia & WatchBox: The Zeitwerk Renaissance

Since the 1980s, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) has championed the cause of independent watchmaking. While some...

Reference Refresh: The Modern Calatrava
Reference Refresh: The Modern Calatrava

With Patek Philippe’s Calatrava turning 90 in 2022, the time is ripe to look back on an icon of classic Fine Watchmaking that’s been almo...

The History of Time: The Return of Czapek
The History of Time: The Return of Czapek

Many legacy watchmaking brands attempt to make a comeback, but few manage to pull it off. Czapek has become one of the most resounding su...

In The Details: The Case for Tonneau Cases
In The Details: The Case for Tonneau Cases

The vast majority of watches are round—quite simply because that’s the shape of their main component, the wheel. In addition to this prac...

Richard Mille’s Lightweight Luxury
Richard Mille’s Lightweight Luxury

How did a company that was unknown just twenty years ago find itself rubbing shoulders with brands whose value runs into six or seven fig...

The Evolution of the Cartier Santos
The Evolution of the Cartier Santos

Rugged, oversized, round, complicated: these are all common characteristics of a typical pilot’s watch. Rarely do complication-free, squa...

Icing on the Cake: Audemars Piguet’s Frosted Gold Finish
Icing on the Cake: Audemars Piguet’s Frosted Gold Finish

Everything Audemars Piguet creates tends to be overshadowed by the Royal Oak collection, even when it’s equally worthy of the spotlight. ...

In the Details: Turning Blue
In the Details: Turning Blue

As early as the 16th century, watchmakers used heat bluing to prevent the steel components of their watches— hands, screws, and sometimes...

In the Details: Guilloché Techniques
In the Details: Guilloché Techniques

Guilloché is perhaps the most immediately visible of the many decorative watchmaking arts, and while there’s been considerable progress i...

WatchBox & Langepedia: How A. Lange & Söhne Revived the Chronograph
WatchBox & Langepedia: How A. Lange & Söhne Revived the Chro...

The Swiss watchmaking industry was built upon the division of labor. The story of farmers in the snowy mountains spending their winters p...

The History of Time: The Genius of Abraham-Louis Breguet
The History of Time: The Genius of Abraham-Louis Breguet

Abraham-Louis Breguet established most of the fundamentals of modern watchmaking – not just in terms of technical and aesthetic principle...

Understanding Watch Jewels
Understanding Watch Jewels

In a watch movement, there are many different features such as a balance spring, movement plate and bridges. Jewels are an important part...

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore History & Guide
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore History & Guide

Launched in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore was released as an anniversary celebration of the classic Royal Oak that was launched in the 197...

Comparing Tudor and Rolex
Comparing Tudor and Rolex

Rolex is one of the most recognized watch brands today. Almost anyone on the street can name Rolex as a luxury watch, but what about Tudo...

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