The Pendule Sympathique by Breguet: maybe the most complicated clock in the world

10 Март 2018 | , ,

This is, probably, the most complicated clock in the world. Better: the clock and the watch, together. In 1835 Abraham-Louis Breguet introduced to his son probably his most fascinating, complicated and hard to implement invention: the “pendule sympathique”. A precision pendulum clock that could mechanically wind and set the correct time on a pocket watch,…

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The clock as a tool to measure space: after longitude, the challenge is the GPS localization

20 Апрель 2016 | ,

Hard to tell, but time measurement is a technical challenge tightly connected to the space measurement. The years and the resources invested in longitude measurement during XVII and XVIII Century demonstrate it. Marine chronometers finally allowed a safe sailing of oceans and the regular management of intercontinental sea routes. In the same way, the technological shift…

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic: from an historical collection, new models full of innovation

30 Ноябрь 2015 | ,

October 2015: Jaeger-LeCoultre chooses an unconventional month to introduce some beautiful novelties, far from the International watchmaking fairs. We are talking about the new watches from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic collection: the True Second and the Universal Time. Before introducing the novelties, a fascinating digression about the current Geophysic collection, that is becoming a true watch…

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Ruby in watches: stones that are precious to the movement of the wheels

9 Ноябрь 2015 | , ,

In the years between 700s and 800s watchmaking made great strides. Beyond great technical innovations, mainly concerning the regulating organ’s engineering, those were also the years to solve small mechanical issues: great innovations to a part of the mechanism  lead to discover issues in other parts, that was important to solve in order to have…

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Marine chronometers to calculate longitude

6 Октябрь 2015 | , ,

Since the beginning of navigation men learnt how to measure the apparently distance of the stars in order to calculate latitude. But longitude’s calculation has been for centuries a Nature’s secret hard to be solved, especially on a ship in the middle of the ocean. The contemporary observation of stars and planets could allow the…

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Tag Heuer and the 1/1.000th of a second, key to the Ferrari F1 team success in the Seventies

18 Июнь 2015 | , ,

Some F1 teams seem to dominate a whole era. That’s what Ferrari achieved in the 1970s. They were determined, they were dynamic, and they scooped up a total of seven Formula 1 World Championship titles. Throughout the decade TAG Heuer were their personal, in-house timekeepers, and also sponsored the whole team. The performance you cheer…

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To whom the honor of creating the first wristwatch of the history?

19 Май 2015 | , , ,

Answering to the question “Who created the first wrist watch” is not easy at all! Carolina Murat, queen of Naples and sister of Napoleon ordered to Abraham-Louis Breguet on 1810 a wristwatch with minute repeater, delivered on 1812. Only the order on the original Breguet’s book is, unfortunately, proof of this production… Patek Philippe made…

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Rolex Daytona: the history of a watch that is a legend

18 Май 2015 | , ,

The Rolex chronograph is still today the dream of many watch collectors all around the world, even if it was launched on 1963. The name is ambitious: Cosmograph Daytona. The chronograph word changes in order to exalt its precision, evoking the myth of space mission, and to recall the historical 24 Hours of Daytona challenge,…

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