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HMT Watches: The Rise and Fall of India’s Watchmaking Titan

Once upon a time HMT was amongst the largest watchmakers in the world, until it became defunct in 2016. Farzad Mistry charts its history and decline.

Why Are Vintage Cloisonné Enamel Dial Watches Collectible?

With the ever-increasing interest by watch aficionados in fine cloisonné enamel wristwatches, historian Ivan Ponzo offers a brief yet insightful analysis of their history and appeal.

The Pursuit of the Perfect Watch Movement at Omega

We chronicle Omega's manufacturing of the Master Co-Axial, and the rigorous testing by the Swiss government's weights and measures agency.

A Collector’s Guide to the Original F.P. Journe Tourbillon

An in-depth study of an iconic F.P. Journe tourbillon, explaining the serial numbers, production years and dial types.

A Visit To The German Watch Museum and the Epic Goertz Astronomic Clock

Horological history of Germany explained at the watch museum in the centre of Glashütte.

Bringing Talent to Light – Unmasking the Master Enamellers of Geneva

Horological scholar Ivan Ponzo reveals the names of the artisans behind some of watchmaking's finest miniature enamels.

Explaining the Ancient Technique of Gold Filigree

An ancient technique several millennia old, filigree makes its debut in watchmaking with the Ronde Louis Cartier XL Filigree Panthers, with the dial made up of intricately worked gold and platinum wires that form a panther motif. 

A Watch Buyer’s Guide To Singapore

An island nation that's a major player in the market for luxury watches, Singapore is a regional hub for the watch industry and also a tastemaker thanks to its enthusiastic adoption of high-end, independent brands. We give you a rundown of the Singapore watch scene.

Hands-On with the First Ever Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with a Leap Year Indicator

Thirty years passed between the first perpetual calendar wristwatch, and the first one with a leap year indicator, made by Audemars Piguet in 1955. Here's a look at one double-signed example of the Audemars Piguet ref. 5516.

Explaining How Tudor’s Fabric NATO Straps Are Made (with Video)

Inspired by the NATO strap and a key element of Tudor's emblematic Heritage watches, the fabric bands offered with Tudor's watches are not just a colourful accessory, but the products of traditional weaving techniques on Jacquard loom operated by hand.


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