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  1. Lightweight and strong, carbon fiber is regarded as the state-of-the art material for building high-tech speed machines including Formula One racecars and America’s Cup yachts. In the upper realms of...
  2. The Centigraphe Souverain has a closer connection to car racing than some automotive-themed watches. For Antiquorum’s 30th anniversary auction in 2004, Geneva watchmaker François-Paul Journe created...
  3. Watchmaker Emmanuel Breguet, a seventh-generation descendant of Abraham-Louis Breguet and the only family member still involved in the namesake business, dons white cotton gloves as we prepare to...
  4. Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea captured the imagination of Fabrice Gonet, who read the novel as a boy at his grandfather’s home in Switzerland. Years later, Gonet recalled Verne’s...
  5. The tourbillon mechanism was invented more than 200 years ago to diminish gravity’s effect on a watch’s precision. But instead of diffusing gravity’s force, Harry Winston’s Tourbillon Glissiere,...
  6. Veteran NFL linebacker Donnie Edwards once stayed up all night changing the straps on his 20 or so Panerais. His infatuation with his watches may seem extreme, but it is not unusual among collectors...
  7. Four years ago, 33-year-old Stefan Ihnen, a movement development engineer at IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, faced the most daunting technical challenge of his career: creating the company’s first...
  8. Not content with merely selling the wares of German watch manufacturers, the Hamburg-based retailer Wempe ( www.wempe.com ) has joined them. Wempe enlisted the German firm Nomos, located in the...
  9. With each America’s Cup have come a number of sailing-themed timepieces; watchmakers like to associate their efforts with that competition because both feed on leading-edge technologies. To...
  10. The Van Cleef & Arpels Centenary (800.822.5797, www.vancleef.com ), a limited edition of 100 complicated pieces ($39,500) that marks the brand’s 100th anniversary, features an enamel-painted disk...

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