Portraits of Master Watchmakers
Independent watchmakers at the pinnacle of the craft. A multi-part report from Europa Star.
A Clinic on Your Wrist
Apple supplier, Rockley Photonics, announces clinic-on-chip technology that includes non-invasive blood glucose monitoring.
The inclusion of the Marc Newson strap design in the press release—a hallmark of the Apple Watch since its unveiling—is a clear nod at whose "scalable, high-volume product delivery" pipeline their infrared spectrophotometer tech is headed for.
“I’ve Discovered That You Work Metal Like Wood, Metal Is Fibres.” – Denis Flageollet
Leveraging tech from big brother, Omega, & sister brand, Rado, it's nice to see Tissot rolling out more & more ceramic bezels throughout its line-up.
Coupled with their new free-sprung balance & silicon hairspring, Tissot is serving up incredible value in the sub-$1000 mechanical watch category.
What Does It Take to Hear Big Ben Again?
Working from a covert location, Ian G. Westworth is among the 500 workers who have been busy restoring Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben, & its Great Clock, “It’s a real honor. There are very few people who can say they’ve taken the Great Clock of Westminster apart & put it back together again."
Making the 3D, Marble Moon Phase Display for Arnold & Son's Luna Magna
A Nivarox Branded Observatory Competition Peseux 260 From the 1950s
Today Nivarox operates largely behind the scenes, supplying the beating heart inside the vast majority of spring-powered Swiss timepieces, from Swatch to Patek Philippe. The low escape wheel in this caliber allowed for a larger balance wheel & thus better rate stability. Kari Voutilainen later employed the Peseux 260 in his series of Observatoire timepieces, which were awarded certificates of chronometry from Besançon Observatory.
40Hz Silicon Oscillator
While I have a deep appreciation for bi-stable mechanisms & admire the pioneering work Flexous has achieved with this new oscillator & escapement for Frederique Constant, I think it's a mistake to show it off through an aperture in the dial.
There is something humane & almost soothing about watching a mechanical timepiece tick away at rate of five to eight times per second. Witnessing the oscillator vibrating a literal order of magnitude more than that every time you look at your wrist is going to feel downright unnerving.
Inside Egypt's Century-old Watchmaker
"Time seems to have stood still at Papazian's"
This poor 3135 has certainly seen better days. Several incorrect screws & the wrong ratchet wheel. Based on other wear marks, I'd hazard a number of pivots are worn, the axle for the oscillating weight is shot, & it's no longer holding power very well.
"In My Opinion, the Pandemic Has Not Brought About Major Changes in the Way Independents Do Business."
Jared Silver, president of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, a major retailer for independent watch brands including HYT, Urwerk, MB&F, & Ressence, on the pandemic & future potential for independent artisans.