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  1. "When Senior was alive, you would never have been allowed to see this room," says Nakis Karapatis, standing at the door of Montres Breguet’s research and development department, which he heads. "Now...
  2. “Electronics almost killed the Swiss watch industry,” says Urwerk’s cofounder and lead watchmaker, Felix Baumgartner. “Everyone remembers those sad days, which is why electronics remains a taboo in...
  3. The Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane ( www.zenith-watches.com ) solves three mechanical timekeeping problems. The $280,000 watch’s gimbaled balance, which floats under the domed crystal,...
  4. Unlike many re-creations of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s past work, Breguet’s highly popular Queen of Naples model should more properly be considered an interpretation of the original. The actual...
  5. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James ( www.audemarspiguet.com ) carries the NBA star’s design thumbprint as well as his name. While the designers and watchmakers at...
  6. Production has begun on the second generation of the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon ( www.patek.com ), the company’s most complicated production wristwatch. Like the first-generation Sky Moon (...
  7. Many women can relate to being sometimes underestimated merely because they are attractive. The same can be said of their watches, particularly when jeweled. Their flashy, high-fashion qualities...
  8. As far as I’m concerned, no one knows I design watches for Hermès,” says Henri d’Origny, the brand’s top designer since 1958. “There are no prima donnas here. No one is saying, ‘I want to be a star...
  9. A common lament among certain collectors and industry insiders is that expanding group ownership of the leading watch brands (and the resulting incursion of corporate culture) has lowered a damper on...
  10. Two integral components of high-end watchmaking—unorthodox com­plications and new materials technology—owe their genesis at least in part to the experiments of Ulysse Nardin, which was little more...

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