Watchmaking

A New Swiss Chronometric Certification

April 6, 2014 | Watchmaking

A New Swiss Chronometric Certification

Timelab, the 3rd party company who tests watches for Poincon de Geneve (Geneva Seal) certification, has just launched an all new chronometer certification called “Chronometric+ Observatory.” Unlike the Geneva Seal, which has numerous aesthetic requirements, and only certifies watches made in Geneva, the Chronometric+ certification focuses purely on performance, and any mechanical watch made in Switzerland can be submitted for certification.


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TAG Heuer launches new in-house manufactured integrated chronograph movement: Caliber 1969

November 10, 2013 | TAG Heuer, Watchmaking

TAG Heuer launches new in-house manufactured integrated chronograph movement: Caliber 1969

TAG Heuer caliber 1969

In 2009, TAG Heuer launched the caliber 1887, an in-house made automatic chronograph movement. At launch, TAG Heuer dubbed it a Swiss in-house movement but because the actual design was based on Japanese intellectual property rights which TAG Heuer had purchased from Seiko, the international watch trade press called out this fact. It went viral, and so the company eventually made a public correction, admitting the movement’s design origin was in fact Japanese, not Swiss. With that said, only the design came from Seiko — the oldest and, arguably the best Japanese mechanical watchmaker.


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Watchmaking: NTPT - North Thin Ply Technology

October 16, 2013 | Watchmaking

Watchmaking: NTPT - North Thin Ply Technology

Later this year, Richard Mille will launch a new version of their RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph in a new case material: NTPT® carbon. NTPT® (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon was originally developed for the sails of racing yachts, and has since been used in Formula 1 chassis, with plans to use it in aeronautics as well. And now, Richard Mille will be the first to use this high-tech material in watchmaking.


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Watchmaking: URWERK EMC (Electro Mechanical Control)

August 28, 2013 | URWERK, Watchmaking

Watchmaking: URWERK EMC (Electro Mechanical Control)

Today, URWERK unveiled “the world’s first precision mechanical watch in which the timing can be both monitored and adjusted by the user to suit their lifestyle.” The Electro Mechanical Control (EMC) movement was designed over the course of 6 years, with the goal to improve accuracy and precision. Their goal was achieved with a special balance and barrels. The balance wheel is made from ARCAP, which is a non-magnetic, corrosion resistant alloy of copper and nickel. The geometry of the balance wheel maximizes the aerodynamics and minimizes loss over time. It beats at 4 Hz and is powered by dual barrels that are vertically mounted on a single shaft. The result, is an 80-hour power reserve with consistent power delivery.


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Watchmaking: A. Lange & Söhne Design Sketches

July 30, 2013 | A. Lange & Söhne, Watchmaking

Watchmaking: A. Lange & Söhne Design Sketches

The first thing you see when you look at someone’s watch: is the dial and case. Accordingly, in the watch manufacturing process, designing the case and dial are two of the most important elements. There are many elements that differentiate one watch brand from another, but known more than the face of the watch. These are some of the initial sketches that are the beginning part of the watch creation process at A. Lange & Söhne. “From the first rough sketches to final acceptance, the design of a dial alone can take up to two years.”


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A Visit to the new Patek Philippe USA Headquarters

April 1, 2013 | Patek Philippe, Watchmaking

A Visit to the new Patek Philippe USA Headquarters

Last week, along with a dozen other journalists, we had a chance to visit the new New York headquarters of Patek Philippe. The purpose of our visit was to both see the new facilities, and to take a watchmaking class from their master watchmaker.


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