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Franz Rivoira

Robert Hooke Invented the Hairspring

If we could have a subtitle for this story, it would be "when a grating personality becomes your biggest liability." But I'm getting ahead...

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...

Patek 5711 R.I.P. Who’ll Take the Crown?

The race for The King of Steel has begun! Even before the Patek 5711's spectacular exit from the scene, there was a long string...

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...

Which Watch to Dress for Success?

A man's watch is usually his only form of jewelry. When a man wears a watch - any watch - he's sending a message....

Italian Watches – Horology’s New Frontier

Despite Italy's centuries-old tradition of precision engineering, Italian watches have received little attention. The “Paese del Sole” has always been overshadowed by the fame...

Rolex vs. Timex – Why Pay More?

Rolex vs. Timex? I'm sure that seems like a loaded question. But many watch buyers don't get it. Leaving quartz watches aside, they don't...

In-House Movement – What’s Up With That?

  In certain circles, a watch with an "in-house movement" bestows bragging rights on its owner. The watchmaker didn't just take an existing movement, put...

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