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10 watches that changed the course of history in watchmaking terms Photos: 10 watches that changed the industry The Seiko Astron The year was 1969. The season was Christmas. The city was Tokyo. The company was Seiko. And the watch was the Astron nothing more nor less than the very first quartz wristwatch anyone in the world had managed to release to the general public. The Astron wasn't so much a cause of change as it was a manifestation of it in Switzerland, a consortium of mechanical watch manufacturers had already made a quartz wristwatch prototype as well but the Astron showed that it was possible to go from prototype to production for the first time, and goaded every watch brand in the world into realizing just how rapidly their world was about to change. 6 of 10haute horlogerie manufacturer worthy of the name who does not consider it obligatory, if not essential, to have a tourbillon wristwatch in its collection. But the first notes in this centuries old horological theme were rung at the end of the 18th century, when the tourbillon inventor , a Swiss French watchmaker living in exile in Geneva, having fled Paris during the Revolution placed the first tourbillon in a pocket watch that he would present to the son of his friend, the famed English chronometer maker John Arnold, in 1808. 169 The First Tourbillon The tourbillon is, of all the great high complications, probably the one that has seen the most innovations rung on it in recent years; it is a grand theme whose variations have become truly symphonic in scope fake cartier love ring diamond. There is scarcely an haute horlogerie manufacturer worthy of the name who does not consider it obligatory, if not essential, to have a tourbillon wristwatch in its collection. But the first notes in this centuries old horological theme were rung at the end of the 18th century, when the tourbillon's inventor Abraham Breguet, a Swiss French watchmaker living in exile in Geneva, having fled Paris during the Revolution placed the first tourbillon in a pocket watch that he would present to the son of his friend, the famed English chronometer maker John Arnold, in 1808. That watch is now in the British Museum, but it set in motion a chain of imitation, innovation and improvement that is one of the most significant in the history of horology. 7 of 10 was so named, because it was in the view of the company that made it, the first of its kind specifically, the very first self winding chronograph wristwatch. It came out in 1969, but that year there were actually two other self winding chronograph watches released one made by a Swiss consortium that included was so named, because it was in the view of the company that made it, the first of its kind specifically, the very first self winding chronograph wristwatch. It came out in 1969, but that year there were actually two other self winding chronograph watches released one made by a Swiss consortium that included Photos: 10 watches that changed the industry The Zenith El Primero Chronograph This is something of a controversial choice. Here's why: the El Primero was so named, because it was in the view of the company that made it, the first of its kind specifically, the very first self winding chronograph wristwatch. It came out in 1969, but that year there were actually two other self winding chronograph watches released one made by a Swiss consortium that included Breitling fake cartier ring, Heuer, and others; and one made by Seiko. Historians have been arguing about which was first since 1969 itself, but what's not open to argument is that the El Primero was the first (to get a bit technical) full rotor, high beat chronograph with a self winding movement 


imitation cartier love necklace. The winding rotor was the full diameter of the movement (the Breitling/Heuer consortium's was a micro rotor movement) and the El Primero was capable of measuring time intervals as short as 1/10 of a second a first for a mechanical wristwatch. The best part? Both the '69 Seiko movement and the Breitling/Heuer consortium's movement have long since gone out of production but the El Primero is still being made by Zenith today. 8 of 10 Photos: 10 watches that changed the industry The Omega DeVille Co axial Imagine that all cars used the same kind of engine. Now imagine that engine had been invented in England in the 1750s. That's where we are, mostly, with watchmaking today every mechanical watch in existence has a device in it that is responsible for actually keeping time, called the escapement; and in virtually every mechanical watch in existence, it's a type of escapement called the lever escapement. The exception: Omega, which makes extensive use of an escapement known as the co axial, and which was invented by the famous English watchmaker Dr. George Daniels. In breaking the stranglehold of the lever escapement on watchmaking with the release of the first co axial wristwatch, in 1999, Omega showed a new generation of watch enthusiasts, and watchmakers, that tradition needn't be a straitjacket even in the most apparently immutable part of all. 9 of 10 was originally invented by a frustrated Casio engineer named Kikuo Ibe, who, upset at the fragility of existing mechanical and quartz watches, decided to make a watch capable of resisting real abuse. Their goal was that it should be able to survive a ten meter drop, have 10 bar (100 meter) water resistance, and have a ten year battery life. It took Ibe and his tiny project team three years, and the construction of over 200 prototypes, to succeed, but succeed they did (famously, the G Shock is the only watch known to have been prototype tested by being dropped from a fourth floor men bathroom window.).

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