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Watchmakers’ new battle: the silicon hairspring

By Astrid Wendlandt
The battle of Hairsprings
Most watch lovers know the engineering prowess and marketing power of Rolex, Patek Philippe and Swatch Group’s Omega and Longines. But few are aware that the watch powerhouses are using all their black arts to keep for themselves a technology that has become highly strategic for the industry. They are fighting for what is regarded as the Holy Grail of watch precision and reliability: silicon hairsprings. And the three companies want to prevent rival watch brands from having access to them.

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