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  1. “When I see today’s designs,” notes Osvaldo Patrizzi, "I say, ‘What is the news?’" Patrizzi, a watch expert and the CEO of Geneva-based Patrizzi & Co. Auctioneers, speaks for many of those who...
  2. Incessant intercontinental travel is a fact of life that separates our generation from those previous. So is the global economy. Even if you do not tend to travel much, chances are you will want to...
  3. At this year’s Baselworld fair, the annual Swiss event where many of the world’s top watch brands present their novelties, a recognized and discerning watch collector was spotted admiring one of the...
  4. Never has so much been performed by so many for so few. This perversion of Winston Churchill’s famous summary of the Battle of Britain could well be applied to watchmaking’s most elite plane, the art...
  5. You will not find agreement among Swiss watchmakers as to what makes a good ladies’ watch, but both mechanical watches and complications are slowly gaining acceptance as women question why their...
  6. There was a popular saying in 16th-century Germany: If you want to make trouble for yourself, take a wife, hit a cleric, or buy a watch. Phenomenally complicated luxury items, German watches of this...
  7. Anita Porchet decided to become an enameler after watching her godfather craft enamel watch dials in his atelier, but by the time she went to study in Geneva in the 1980s, art schools no longer...
  8. Whether they know it or not, many luxury-watch enthusiasts have bought a watch designed by someone whose work was once thrown out of Switzerland’s most prestigious exhibition, the Montres et Bijoux...
  9. At a conceptual level, a watch is very simple: A movement moves the hands to indicate the time on a dial. The status quo for more than 500 years, this system seems so natural that it is difficult to...
  10. When quartz technology proved its superior accu­racy in the late 1960s, the Swiss were forced to turn their attention to the more luxurious aspects of mechanical timepieces, like design, decoration,...

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