Throughout the history of watchmaking, many models that were for the story. Is the technical innovations that have introduced, for aesthetic approaches that have experienced, some had more impact than others, and have become true legends. Come discover what!
Date of 1919, and was clearly inspired by the innovative war machines used in previous years. From something terrifying and destroyer and turn it into a symbol of elegance is evidence of the experience and talent of this brand. Proof also confidence in the superior quality of this clock, the face without fear the potential (and even likely) negative connotations of the name and aesthetic aspect of the Cartier Tank.
Over the years it has undergone some changes, especially in relation to your format, but always remained faithful to the characteristics that made him a single clock. Present in many pulses in the early days of the seventh art, used for pleasure and option and not by contractual obligation, as it is today.
The genius of Hans Wilsdorf, Rolexfounder, led to the creation of the first watch dust-proof and water, in 1924. Today this is a perfectly commonplace function, present in any model of any brand (not always with the same effectiveness), the Rolex Oyster was a bombshell. This was to become one of the symbols of the brand, and was certainly the model that opened doors to your enormous popularity over the years based on VaultedWatches.
More than the innovation itself, was striking evidence of your effectiveness: was on Mercedes Glaize when he crossed the English channel, resisting to perfection the 15 straight hours inside the aggressive sea water.
At the time of the British presence in India, the clocks of army officers faced serious dangers to survival: seemed to attract sticks and balls, one of the most popular sports in the region. As a result, often stay badly damaged.
This led to Jaeger-LeCoultre, one of the most respected watch shops worldwide, to patent a system whereby the watch box could be turned, protecting the display in potentially dangerous situations. Initially a success, enthusiasm for this system would falter, and the reverse was close to being discontinued for the insistence of some distributors. And that loss would have been.
This watch is a true legend, created in 1931, and since then little has changed: evolving, without doubt; but always faithful to its origins.
Released in 1952 as a successor of the Navitimer Chronomat quickly became the reference in watches designed for aviation. The your predecessor already had shown enjoyed huge success during World War II, but the great diversity, usefulness and effectiveness of its functionalities that the Breitling Navitimer was adopted as the official watch of the Association of pilots and aircraft owners.
A crucial tool in assisting the pilot (and also preparation of the flight), AIDS, for example, in the calculation of fuel consumption, average speed, converting miles to kilometres, and much more. In addition, this Breitling has a pretty nice and attractive aesthetics, not limited to functionality.
When consecrated and popular Omega created the Speedmaster, in 1963, hardly imagined that your creation would walk not only on five continents, but also … on the Moon!
This model was the official watch adopted by NASA for the space program, your used in space travel and to the Moon by the end of the Apollo program. What makes him even more legendary is the fact of not having been specially designed or commissioned for that purpose. The Speedmaster was bought by a NASA employee incognito, a close watch of their premises, together with four other clocks. It was then subjected to rigorous testing, which would have to resist, for example, the large variations of temperature, pressure and extreme acceleration. And, of course, was the chosen one.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
There are two main reasons that led to the elevation of the Royal Oak, in 1972, to the status of legend: the first, and most obvious, is the original aesthetic without shocking your overused with pre-set standards; the second is that it is the first sports model of high watchmaking.
The your visual is clearly inspired by the hatches of a ship-HMS Royal Oak, who lent his name to watch. This octagonal format was a real breath of fresh air in the design applied to the watch, and certainly an inspiration for many other models that followed.
At the same time, the option of Audermars Piguet in using steel as a material and thus to break with conventions and old customs was also a bold maneuver, but that would be quite respected and appreciated.
The clock with which it all began. The invention of the quartz movement left the Swiss watch industry in shock: extremely low production costs of quartz watches were almost fatal to the great houses, which resorted to the ancient tradition and the wisdom of the old masters to the (time consuming) elaboration and mounting of mechanical movements. The Swatch watch, in 1982, came to provide a new impetus to the Swiss industry, and it is not rare to hear an expert say, with conviction, that the Swatch saved the Swiss watchmaking.
Betting on simplicity and low production costs, the Swatch turned to plastic boxes and reduced the complexity of components. The numbers say it all: at the turn of the century had 333 million units sold.
Girard-Perregaux flurry of three bridges
The historic weight that predates this 1991 watch raised the stakes to levels never before seen. The flurry of three bridges was originally designed in the second half of the 19th century, although, obviously, as a pocket watch. Would it be possible to talk about this watch for hours on end, but can describe it with one word: “perfect.”
The three bridges hold crucial components of the internal mechanisms, but beyond your functionality, is the unique skills that they mean that makes this amazing clock: already thought were originally designed and constructed at a time when there was not even the microscope? Additionally, the aesthetic effect is fantastic, creating a sense of beauty that is rare.
The original clock won many distinctions and awards at a given point to your participation in competitions started being fenced-it would be unfair to the other contestants.
In 1991, the Girard Perregaux adapted the flurry of three bridges to the wristwatch, without cheating and doing justice to expectations this impressive legacy. And with all this … He also became a legend.