1. The Blade Resonator By Dominique Renaud
After 15 long years, Dominique Renaud has finally emerged from retirement and is back in watchmaking. He has created his own brand and has also created what could very well be a revolutionary new kind of escapement called The Blade Resonator. There are precious few details available at this point, but the new movement is focused on reducing friction and working with small amplitudes to improve chronometric performance and efficiency. So what better way to better understand this new concept than to have the man himself explain it for us.
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2. Behind The Lens: The Philippe Dufour Simplicity
Philippe Dufour’s Simplicity is a curious and absolutely beguiling watch. On the one hand, it looks plain and simple, but if you look closer you’ll find that there’s much more than meets the eye. In this article, the author talks about the process of photographing the Simplicity. Though I’m sure this would be helpful to readers who are also into watch photography, I’m more interested in photos of the Simplicity itself. You see, this is a collection of some of the best photos of the Simplicity I have ever seen. And if you have ever wondered why the Simplicity is so revered and sought after, I urge you to see these photos. Sure, the movement is absolutely captivating, but the dial is magical as well. And the photos really show the amount of precision, labor, and craftsmanship that has gone into making this truly epic watch.
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3. The Top Five Vintage Sports Chronographs…and Five More
When talking about vintage chronographs, I’m sure most readers will instantly think of either one of these watches: the Rolex Daytona or the Omega Speedmaster. For sure, these two watches have interesting histories, but there are many other equally interesting vintage chronographs out there that we shouldn’t forget. A fine example is the Breitling Navitimer, a chronograph that was designed specially for pilots. There’s also the Heuer Carrera, another tool-like chronograph that was developed for racing. Find out what other interesting vintage chronographs are worth collecting and keeping your eye on.
4. The State of the Watch Industry: Swiss franc, Asian economic slowdown & the Apple Watch!
If you follow reports of the watch industry closely, you’ve likely heard stories of a slowdown. Sales in Asia, and China in particular, which have fueled the growth of the industry for the past couple of years, have slowed down. This, along with the rise of the Swiss franc and the generally pessimistic outlook of the global economy, means that watch exports have shrunk significantly. This article examines the causes, talks about current trends, and offers some predictions as to what brands might do to get back on their feet.
Source: Watch Pro Site