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  • Timepieces

    Tourbillon with three gold bridges

    The "Tourbillon with three gold bridges" by Girard-Perregaux encapsulates the special relationship that can blossom and grow between a watch brand and an emblematic model or a technical specificity. It also expresses another...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Frédéric Japy

    French clockmaker. Pioneer in the industrialisation of clockmaking: invention of several machine-tools.

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  • History

    1933

    Patents were filed for a chronograph with two push-buttons (Breitling). The company Porte-Echappement Universel (Fritz Marti) invented the « Incabloc » shock absorption system that could be adapted to any calibre. Introduction of the «...

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  • Glossary

    • All-or-nothing piece

      A system that prevents an insufficiently wound striking mechanism from striking too few hours.

    • Bolt

      A catch that can be operated from the outside of a watch case to trigger a mechanism, for example to set the hands.

    • Chuck

      An important workbench tool for holding small parts to be shaped or filed.

    • Daylight Saving Time

      Legal time in certain countries that is one hour ahead of winter time, itself one hour ahead of solar time.

    • Escapement

      A mechanism that is fitted between the gears and the regulating organ. Its function is to suspend the gears' motion at regular intervals and to supply energy to the balance. The main types...

    • Frequency

      The number of oscillations per second, measured in Hertz. The balance makes a to-and-fro movement at a given frequency (two vibrations). The higher the frequency, the more accurate the watch:...

    • Gemstone

      A gemstone (also called a precious stone) is a mineral that is rare, durable and beautiful. A few organic materials, like amber, coral and pearls are also considered gemstones.

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jumping seconds

      On a chronograph, a hand that makes one rotation every second, pausing four, five, even eight times to indicate quarters, fifths or eighths of a second. Also called foudroyante.

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

      Numerals made up of dark bars on a lighter background, or vice versa, for continuous display in electronic digital watches.A digital display shows hours, minutes and seconds in...

    • Mesh

      A wheel meshes with a pinion when its teeth engage with the pinion's leaves to impart motion.

    • Nephrite

      A family of the jade group of ornamental gemstones. Nephrite is slightly softer that jadeite and is often veined.

    • Oscillating pinion

      The oscillating pinion, which comprises a mobile stem and two pinions, allows the chronograph to function very efficiently by replacing the two large wheels of the anterior movements. A coupling...

    • Pin

      An articulated metal catch that is inserted in a hole in the leather strap then secured by the buckle. The majority of belts fasten this way. A watch can be said to have a pin buckle.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Resonance

      This sophisticated technique, developed by Breguet and applied to wristwatches by François-Paul Journe, implies two fully independent movements: two mainsprings, two geartrains, two lever...

    • Shockproof

      Designed to withstand shocks without being damaged. See also shock absorber and Incabloc®.

    • Transfer

      Apply markings (numerals, signature, etc.) to the dial by means of a gelatine pad pressed onto an engraved and inked block.

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • Year

      A four-digit indication of the current year that changes automatically at midnight on December 31st.

    • Zinc

      A metal applied by electrodeposition (electroplating) to protect iron and steel.

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