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13.11.2015

The object

You were right. It seems that our mystery objects are getting harder to identify. Last edition’s object is becoming increasingly rare on workbenches, being replaced by optical measuring systems. What we wanted to hear was that...


13.11.2015

Summary WA 020

NEWS | 40 years and several lives NEWS | Putting Gaia on the map SKILLS | Handcrafts in the low-cost era TECHNIQUE | Two brains are better than one SPECIAL REPORT | Ferdinand Berthoud, the long awaited return VIEWPOINT |...


06.11.2015

Sommaire WA 020-2

LEARNING | Mathematics, the language of watchmaking TECHNIQUE | Ten major watchmaking developments COVER | HYT: a successful mismatch TESTIMONIES | Call the usual witnesses NEWS | 200 years, due cause for...


13.11.2015

Some sharp reminders are due

This 20th edition of Watch Around gives us the opportunity to play with numbers: 20, 2 or 200. It reminds us of the seldom-mentioned fact that horology is as much the daughter of mathematics as it is of astronomy. We’ll learn...


13.11.2015

Putting Gaia on the map

In specialised circles, the Gaia Award is considered the supreme accolade, the ultimate watch industry distinction. Created in 1993 by the International Horological Museum (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, it honours “personalities...

Category: Watch Around 020, News

13.11.2015

40 years and several lives

This edition is all about figures, especially number 20 and its multiples, so we were not going to miss the 40th anniversary of Maurice Lacroix. Founded in 1975 by a major Zurich trading company, Desco von Schulthess, and...

Category: Watch Around 020, News

13.11.2015

Ferdinand Berthoud, the long awaited return

Having a grandmother whose maiden name was Berthoud, I often used to wonder why such a famous name in horological history had not yet regained a place on the contemporary watchmaking scene. The impressive resurgence of mechanical...


13.11.2015

The six pillars of wisdom

As both theorist and practitioner of horology, Ferdinand Berthoud devoted equal importance to both construction and writing, which is why a Biblical quote seems appropriate when considering the FB-T.FC calibre powering the...


13.11.2015

The formal rules behind watch design

Any watch enthusiast knows just how much the industry owes to design for enhancing its products. While the technical performance of some timepieces also elicits admiration, engineering has since the 19th century been able to draw...


13.11.2015

La formation à l’épreuve des frontières

Ce qu’il y a de bien, dans la formation horlogère, c’est que tout le monde poursuit le même but (former des élèves à l’emploi) mais de manière différente. Alors évidemment, lorsque l’on regarde vingt ans en arrière, la volonté de...


13.11.2015

Two brains are better than one

To some extent, the anatomy of a watch resembles that of a human. We have a single brain encased in one head on a single body. Similarly, a watch has its brain, or regulating organ, at the heart of a single movement in one case....


13.11.2015

Handcrafts in the low-cost era

The imperative quest for profitability is putting pressure on various watchmaking skills that had long been considered inherently rare. As well as being progressively industrialised, they also find themselves caught up in a...


13.11.2015

The true meaning of innovation

Sometimes brand slogans are as dodgy as the beard of the advertising man who invented them. In certain rare cases, however, they perfectly sum up the mind-set and the products of a given company. Breguet and its “Breguet, the...


13.11.2015

Glowing in the dark

When Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity in 1896 he unwittingly opened the way for luminescence in watchmaking. Later, the deadly element radium isolated by Marie Curie was used for luminous dials until it was banned. It was...


13.11.2015

Plastic fantastic

Plastic is a bit like metal, in the sense that it’s a generic term covering an infinity of products with chemical compositions, properties and usefulness that are as varied as they are obscure. Beyond the familiar names, we can...


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