Following his flight, Lindbergh and Swiss Longines developed a close collaboration designing in partnership the Longines Hour Angle Watch to accurately determine longitude during long-distance flights. Latitude is relatively easy to find, using a sextant to measure the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon. And Longines had already developed a rotating disc watch in 1927 with US Navy officer Philip Van Horn Weems enabling the wearer to synchronise the second hand with a GMT radio signal, essential for navigation. With the “Hour Angle”, used in conjunction with a sextant, a radio signal, and a nautical almanac, aviators can calculate longitude which, when combined with their latitude, gives them their exact geographical situation.
The Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture represents the brand's recent efforts to develop high quality in-house movements with complications at a very reasonable price point. While haute horologerie is a bit of a stretch, this movement, along with the in-house perpetual calendar found in the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar, is an impressive achievement for the brand and its technical team.
It doesn’t often happen that a mere time-only watch takes away the limelight of a spectacular tourbillon, yet that is precisely what happened this Baselworld. Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Automatic did just that, and that is all the more reason to take a close look at the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire. The Octo Tourbillon Sapphire can best be described as a sapphire watch for people who don’t like sapphire watches. Sapphire watches often bring out a “love it or hate it” kind-of-reaction, and the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire masterly unites the two sides like a very skilled diplomat. It does so by showing it all, yet not too much!
Those of us under clear skies will have the pleasure of admiring the Full Moon. Captivating and romantic, golden, pale, or harvest red, the Moon and its phases have inspired us since the beginning of time. Scholars believe that, amid the animal paintings made by cavemen 15,000 years ago at Lascaux in France, 29 dots, from full to crescent-like shapes, depict the 29-day cycle of the Earth’s satellite. Since then, poets, painters, and watchmakers have tried to capture the essence of the celestial wonder above. Here are three of the finest Moon Phase timepieces from 2017:
The watches’ enamel dials are made by Japanese master craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team, whose painstaking work ensures that the enamel’s thickness is adjusted to the exact depth required for each part of the dial, and that the enamel is perfect for its atmospheric conditions at the time of manufacture so that the dials will last, according to Seiko, “for a lifetime or longer.”