A Basic Guide To How Mother of Pearl Dials Are Made

Sowind Mother of pearl dial disks being readied for work. Photo by patriceschreyer.com. Many watches today feature mother-of-pearl dials. These shimmering orbs offer a  classic and elegant appeal. However,  mother of pearl is brittle and ultra thin when used as a dial, and breakage can easily occur. Here we take a quick look at how these…

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Horological Society of New York Teams With British Watch Institute For Traveling Education

HSNY

In a big move, two of the world’s oldest horological organizations are joining forces to teach horology classes in ​London​ later this summer.   The ​Horological Society of New York​ ​(HSNY), founded in 1866, and the ​British Horological Institute​ (BHI), founded in 1858, are making history with their first partnership to advance the art and…

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Understanding What Different Types of ‘Meters’ Mean In Watchmaking

Longines Telemeter Chronograph

In the world of watchmaking, the word  “Meters” seems to be somewhat overused — causing a little bit of confusion about what  a chronometer, a telemeter, pulsometer and other types of meter watches really are.    Here, we break it down to elementary descriptions for any novice. Meter: As a free-standing word, meters refers to a…

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Understanding What Rubies Inside a Watch Movement Are All About

Rubies inside watch movements act as ball bearings and eliminate friction.

In our ongoing effort to answer reader inquiries, we find a lot of questions about why rubies are used in watch movements. Here, we explain what rubies inside a watch movement are all about. Essentially, rubies inside watch movements act as ball bearings and eliminate friction. Unless a new watch utilizes high-tech ceramic ball bearings…

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Simple Education: Easy Guide To Understanding a Perpetual Calendar

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complet Calendar Excellence Platine

We often get reader comments and questions about a variety of complications. While we understand that many of our readers are avid watch collectors, some are also novices. As such, we are implementing a monthly “Simple Education” column that will offer an easy guide to a variety of complexities in watchmaking. If you’re advanced, no need to continue, but if you want…

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How To Spot a Fake Watch — NAWCC Introduces Luxury or Lie? Course

Watch education is an essential on-going tool of knowledge for any watch lover. Now, the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors has implemented a new educational course for watch lovers who really want to know how to spot a fake. The course, entitled Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches, is targeted to…

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