1. 182 Years of Long Meadows: A History of Longines
At 182 years old, Longines is one of the oldest watch brands in the world. In fact, its winged hourglass logo is said to be the oldest logo registered for a watchmaker. Needless to say then, Longines has for long been an important player in the Swiss watch making industry. They have, for example, provided the timers for the first modern day Olympics way back in 1896. For more cool details about this historical brand do not miss this post as it tells you all you need to know about the company’s long and illustrious history.
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2. Talking Watches With Jean-Claude Biver
Jean-Claude Biver needs no introduction, this enigmatic, interesting and energetic man is widely credited for turning Omega into the force that it is today, for reviving Blancpain after he and a partner purchased its name for a mere 22,000 Swiss francs in the early 1980s, and of course he is also greatly responsible for the incredible success story of Hublot. Here, we get to hear from the man himself as he talks about the beginnings of his career at Audemars Piguet, his decision to revive Blancpain, and the early days of Hublot. Along the way, we also get to see his watch collection, which is amazing by any standards.
3. PuristSPro visits Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi
Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi, or better known simply as APR&P, is a high-end watchmaking facility that makes movements not only for Audemars Piguet, but also for other brands including Richard Mille, Harry Winston, Franck Muller and more. Here, we learn how master watchmaker Giulio Papi comes up with ideas for new movements and also get to take a close look at some of the work that is done behind the doors of this famed facility.
4. PHOTO REPORT PT II: Visit to AP Heritage & Restoration Departments
When you think of brands that are committed to the restoration of their timepieces, Patek Philippe is probably among the very first that spring to mind. However, I’m here to tell you that Audemars Piguet is equally adept and committed to restoring their vintage pieces, as this visit to their Heritage & Restoration departments will show you. Amazingly, the company has records that dates all the way back to their founding in 1875 and even has parts and notes from their watchmakers from as far as a hundred years back. That’s called commitment!
5. Why I Bought It: Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon
I love reading stories of how and why someone chose to buy a particular watch. I think it reveals a lot about the person and his connection with his purchase. This story right here is one of the most interesting that I have read, mainly because it involves a very special and unique watch. The watch in quesiton is Vianney Halter’s latest creation, the Deep Space Tourbillon. Find out the thought process that goes through this collector’s mind as he shares his reasons for purchasing this one-of-a-kind watch.
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