FrontRunners: Fast Times

Watchmaker Bernard Richards cannot be accused of procrastinating. He initially unveiled his BRM TR1, TR2, and TR3 timepieces (www.brm-manufacture.com)—oversize tourbillons that feature rugged plating and cages inspired by off-road vehicles—last April, just four months after he began work on them. Richards has made a few aesthetic modifications in the intervening time, but the speed with which he produced his in-house tourbillon movement is nonetheless astonishing. The three TR models, which BRM produces in small quantities at its facility outside Paris, come in steel and titanium, black PVD (physical vapor deposition), and rose gold. Though the new models incorporate automotive-themed design elements, no car ever moved so swiftly from concept to production.

FREE PREVIEW: The Christophe Claret Maestoso is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best of the Best...
Thanks to its mind-blowing miniature movement, the thinnest of the new watches is less than a third...
The DB25 Quetzalcoatl’s dial features a solid-gold representation of the mythical serpent…
These watches prove that a simple design can be just as pleasing as a slew of complications…
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...