Generally speaking, you can classify time-display systems into two broad categories: they are either prosaic or poetic. As timepieces first emerged as functional objects, it stands to reason that their primary method of expression was prosaic — using rotating hands to indicate the time.
Perched up in Sainte-Croix (1000 m altitude) since 1865, the Reuge manufacture creates a world of sound and melody with its marvellous automata, many of which feature birds. The smallest of them are nestled inside snuffboxes, emerging on command to chirp their mechanical hearts out.
In the 1990s, Bucherer was starting to feel a little cramped in Switzerland, where it had some 15 points of sale, and so began to expand abroad, firstly into neighbouring German-speaking countries, with the benefit of both shared borders and a shared culture.
In a sport which is currently regaining popularity throughout the globe, Flore is jumping leaps and bounds on her way to peak performance.
“I was riding even before I was born” says the 24-year-old, acknowledging that her passion for all equestrian things comes from her mother.
It’s a little hard to speak about this in the context of the crisis that’s affecting watchmaking, because I have a lot of respect for all the members of this big family… but the fact is that Rebellion Timepieces has just had the best year of its history.
A modern conversation about the chronograph will generally elicit only one question: horizontal or vertical clutch? The answer, more often than not, will be “vertical”, in line with the ubiquitous 7750 and so that collectors can have the pleasure of seeing a column wheel in action.
A new Grand Seiko creation powered by, a high-beat movement offers a new perspective on the nature of time. The dial is inspired by the slender and strikingly beautiful white birch trees that thrive in northern parts of Japan and that grow in profusion near the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi where this watch is made.