Panerai Movement Scandal?

“The new P.9200 caliber used in Panerai’s recently introduced chronograph family is a basic ETA 2892-A2 with Dubois Dépraz chronograph module,” pereszcope.com reports, kicking off the Panerai movement scandal. The problem? By giving the movement an “in house” Panerai designation, the Swiss-not-Italian watchmaker stands accused of misrepresenting a garden variety movement – and charging through the nose for it. For example . . .

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Robert Hooke Invented the Hairspring

If we could have a subtitle for this story, it would be “when a lousy personality becomes your biggest liability.” But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with this: what is a hairspring (a.k.a., balance spring) and why was its invention by Robert Hooke one of the most important innovations in all of horology? wikipedia.org:

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F.P.Journe Replacing Audemars Piguet?

In his article Patek Philippe Rules – Here’s Why, our man Franz introduced readers to Swiss watchmaking’s Holy Trinity: Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. With its 136th Royal Oak variant, the uninspiring, much maligned Code 11.59 and the Black Panther Marvel Watch, AP’s place in the Trinity is no longer secure. Franz reckons it’s F.P.Journe in, Audemars Piguet out. Here’s his reasoning . . .

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Patek Nautilus 5711 – Customer Betrayal?

To keep my finger on the pulse of the watch industry, I frequent forums and Facebook, where enthusiasts rant and rave about companies and models. When Patek announced they were killing their golden goose, the Holy Grail of watchmaking, the steel Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711, they unleashed a widespread feeling of offense. That was especially true for . . .

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