History Lesson

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A timepiece does more than tell the time. It says something about you, about your personal style and about who you are. A timepiece also tells a story – whether it be because it is an heirloom passed down from one generation to another, because it is a gift from someone special representing a milestone or perhaps because it is a holiday souvenir and reminder of your travels. The personal timepiece itself came about in the 17th century after the larger clock was adapted to a smaller size. The first wristwatch was originally a women’s timepiece named the ‘wristlet’, and the concept didn’t became popular among men until the 1920s, after the battlefields of World War I introduced them to the practicalities of having the time in such a convenient location (the pocket watch had been favoured prior to this). The next big innovation to the wristwatch came in 1970, when the first digital watch changed the face of timekeeping. Since then other technological advancements include incorporating the stopwatch (chronograph), perpetual calendars, minute repeaters (tourbillon), alarms, GPS and even heart rate monitors.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Lady 38 mm
Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin Duetto Duo

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