Week in Focus: Omega Moonwatch

The landing of the Chinese Chang’e 4 probe on the dark side of the moon recently, harked back to the golden age of space exploration. An age where the worlds two ‘Super Powers’ challenged ea...

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Tudor Watches History

In 1926, “The Tudor” was registered as a trademark by a watch dealer called ‘Veuve de Philippe Hüther’. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, took over “The Tudor” brand in 1936 with a des...

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Ulysse Nardin History

The story of Ulysse Nardin began in 1846, when a 23 year old son of Le Locle founded a watchmaking company bearing his name. This maison became known for the production of pocket and marine chronomete...

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Tag Heuer History

Tag Heuer can trace its origins to 1860 when a 20-year-old called Edouard Heuer opened a small workshop in Saint Imier, Switzerland. In 1887, Edouard invented the oscillating pinion, an invention whic...

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A Lange & Söhne History

In 1845, Ferdinand A Lange established a workshop in Glashütte in what was, at the time, a small village in Saxony, Germany. The workshop became a manufacturer of pocket watches. The move proved chal...

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A Brief History of Panerai Watches

Officine Panerai, meaning Panerai Workshops, can trace its origins back to 1860 when Giovanni Panerai opened his first watch shop in Florence selling Swiss timepieces. Subsequently, Guido Panerai took...

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A Brief History of IWC Schaffhausen

IWC, International Watch Company, can trace its back origins to an American engineer and watchmaker, Florentine Ariosto Jones. This gentleman, from Boston, wanted to build watches in Switzerland, draw...

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Cartier Watches History

In 1847, Cartier was founded in Paris by Louis-François Cartier, a master jeweller. However, it was his grandsons, Pierre, Louis and Jacques who would ultimately bring the brand to worldwide prominen...

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A Brief History of Omega Watches

La Chaux-de-Fonds is synonymous with horology. Several watch brands have been founded in this Swiss city, located in the canton of Neuchâtel, including the company which would ultimately become OMEG...

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Breguet History

When it comes to watchmaking history, one name which often comes to the fore is Abraham-Louis Breguet. The famous watchmaker was born in Neuchâtel, but spent much of his life working in Paris. ...

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A Brief History of Breitling Watches

Breitling was founded in 1884 in St. Imier, Switzerland by Léon Breitling. The company has a long history of creating chronographs for use in science, sports and industry. In 1892, the brand moved to...

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Bell & Ross History

Bell & Ross was founded in 1992 by designer Bruno Belamich and business graduate Carlos Rosillo. Their surnames provided the source of the watch company’s nomenclature. Bell & Ross Hist...

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A Brief History of Patek Philippe Watches

In 1839, Antoine Norbert de Patek, a former Polish cavalryman, established a watch factory with his compatriot, François Czapek, a watchmaker. They registered a partnership, Patek, Czapek & Cie, ...

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Bvlgari Watch History

Bvlgari is a name which is synonymous with fine jewellery and stylish watches. The company has always been known as a magnet for affluent and famous clientele. The founder of the luxury house was Gree...

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Chopard History

Chopard is synonymous with glamorous jewellery worn by the glitterati. Moreover, the company has earned an enviable reputation for its timepieces, which exhibit a notable quotient of style and high-qu...

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Franck Muller History

In the sphere of high-end watchmaking, employing the strapline, “Master of complications”, is a very bold claim to make. However, the Swiss-born watchmaker, Franck Muller, earned a reputation earl...

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Glashutte Watches History

The German town of Glashütte, the home of Glashutte Original, has a rich tradition of watchmaking dating back to 1845 when Ferdinand Adolph Lange established his workshop in the town. During the year...

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Girard Perregaux History

La Chaux-de-Fonds, together with its neighbour, Le Locle, are located in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. The two cities are synonymous with watchmaking and appear on the UNESCO World Heritage List. ...

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Montblanc Watches History

Montblanc was born from the idea of creating an ink pen which contained an integrated ink reservoir, making it ideal for travel. Indeed, it was this idea which led three men to form a company in 1906 ...

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Piaget Watch History

Piaget, the prestigious practitioner of Haute Horlogerie, is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in Switzerland. It was founded in 1874 by Georges Édouard Piaget in his family home located in La C...

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