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Pictured: “Ajax Insulators” Advertisement, The Jewelers’ Circular, August 3, 1898. As electricity was being adopted across the globe in the 1880s, the watch industry was met with the challenge of magnetism from electromagnetic fields.  When the delicate hairspring, balance, and steel parts of the watch...
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Pictured: Paillard’s Palladium Balance and Hairspring Charles-Auguste Paillard originally developed his palladium alloys to provide a more suitable material for the construction of fine marine chronometers. As a result of the premium market for these timepieces, the cost was not a significant challenge to overcome....
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Pictured: C.A. Paillard’s Palladium Balance Abstract of English Patent #8730. While the most delicate part of a watch to be significantly affected by magnetism and corrosion is the hairspring, the balance wheel can also cause erratic timekeeping when plagued by similar afflictions.  Recognizing this, Paillard...
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