haute horlogerie

The Perpetual Calendar, a real challenge.

The Perpetual Calendar, a real challenge.

The Swiss Watch-making industry has an incredible concentration of creative minds. From the hands of a watch-maker, you might see true wonders bursting into the world. And probably the highest wonder of all is the Perpetual calendar complication. Thank you Romans Displaying the date for a watch does not seem a big deal. But displaying it correctly represents a true challenge. Why? Well because some month have 30 days and others 31. February is a mess. In some years, called leap or bissextile years, it has 29 days and in others common years only 28. Why such a sophisticated organization? Most are purely political and others religious. We should be “thankful”to the Ancient Romans for our modern calendar. At that time, the annual calendar had only 10 month equally with 30 days (precisely 29.530589 days in average) as it was following a Lunar calendar. We can see the Roman influence…

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Version française ici Reinventing the time each year by offering a blend of traditional watchmaking, technical innovation and innovative design, this is the challenge that is launched with the Harry Winston Opus adventure. The new episode of this amazing and enigmatic “Haute Horlogerie” saga, called Opus XIII. It was highly anticipated, and once again, it defied the rules of conventional watchmaking, exceeding all expectations. It is almost impossible to understand the workings of this watch with simple images, which is why I strongly suggest you watch this video before reading further.  An original display 59 pivoting peripheral hands for minutes display Placed one after the other in a peripheral ring, minutes indicators align a circular path every minute past in a retrograde. Every 5 minutes appears a red hand improving readability. The 59 indicators retire in unison when the hour has passed through the action of an ingenious outer ring reset. 11 rotating…

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement – A technical revolution Haute-Horlogerie style.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement – A technical revolution Haute-Horlogerie style.

Version française ici During Baselworld 2013, Luxury Activist team got the privilege to have the new collections presented by Stefano Macaluso, Product Development Director at Girard-Perregaux. Much of the interview was devoted to a fascinating piece called Constant Escapement which has the advantage of surprise by a visible revolutionary escapement mechanism, and enhanced dial side. With this launch, the brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds continues the momentum of innovation and high technology characterizes the past 222 years. First of all, and we can not do otherwise, some basic watchmaking notions. The energy animating a watch can be produced in two ways. Either by manual manipulation of the crown, which comes to a tension spring in the barrel or by the rotor when the movement is said self-winding (or automatic). This energy must be dissipated slowly to ensure the watch the biggest reserve. If it was not regulated, the spring would relax a…

Vacheron Constantin, The mastery of excellence in watchmaking

Vacheron Constantin, The mastery of excellence in watchmaking

In its Dream Room at Pisa Orologeria, Milan, Vacheron Constantin will, between the 10th and 13th of March, be offering a journey through its collection to present that watchmaking excellence that has been the hallmark of all of the Manufacture’s creations for over 250 years.