Feature: Defining Moments

  • Laurie Kahle

As long as man has been compelled to strap a watch to his wrist to track the passing hours, minutes, and seconds of the day, that timepiece has also been used to express some aspect of his personal style—from classically elegant to perplexingly complex to avant-garde. Unlike a piece of jewelry, a watch must blend form with function. Still, this limitation has not hampered the creative impulses of watch designers throughout the world, who continue to experiment with distinctive shapes or dial designs to give a watch an unmistakable personality. Some watch designers entertain futuristic visions that fly in the face of tradition, while others mine the past for inspiration, reviving classic themes that exude timeless appeal. With such a broad spectrum of choices, it has never been easier to find a watch that speaks to your soul, that subtly (or not so subtly) reveals a facet of your character, whether it is strong and silent or screaming for attention.

The new timepiece has a fluid-based linear timekeeping display…
The new watch has multiple systems to ensure that its movement receives consistent power…
Computer-aided design is allowing watchmakers to push the boundaries of innovation...
The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…
The two back-to-back auctions will offer hundreds of unique designs…
The new variation sports a dial crafted from a meteorite...
Photo by Didier Gourdon
The new watch has a tourbillon hidden by an automaton…
The watch’s case is a mere 8.24 mm thick…
Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
Jeweler Cartier innovative work combined Roman, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese elements with...
On assuming his new position, Lambert lost little time in the development of new watches...