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Chiswick’s Watch Auction Is Right on Time

A rare 1960s wristwatch made for the BBC comes for sale at Chiswick Auctions on March 22nd. Made by Lemania, the stainless steel manual chronograph was chosen by the Beeb for its great accuracy. In the pre-digital era, programme staff and producers relied on a good timekeeper during live broadcasts. The watch has the BBC initials engraved to the back and the BBC inventory number 4269. It is expected to bring £1,500 – £2,500. Chiswick...

The Tourbillon, the Supreme Complication in Luxury Watchmaking

What is the tourbillon, and how is it significant in watch design? We look at one of the most ingenious ‘complications’ ever invented The tourbillon, now over 200 years old, is one of the most exquisite and complex mechanisms ever conceived. Intended to solve a problem in time-keeping by the application of physics, it became an engineering challenge which still absorbs watchmakers – and fascinates collectors. It was on June 26th in 1801, or as...

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