‘‘i went to Paris and learned how Coco Chanel approached fashion," says complicated-watch specialist Giulio Papi of his visit to the fabled house to discuss collaboration on a new timepiece.
Cartier, like Bulgari, has brought enormous corporate resources to bear in its drive to become a force in mechanical watchmaking.
Serious collectors may purchase timepieces from a jeweler, but many shy away from buying a watch made by even the most prestigious jewelry houses.
Cartier’s modern, design-intensive interpretation of the skeleton watch has become a symbol for the brand’s rebirth as an original watchmaker.
It has been nearly 50 years since watch companies pitted their technical resources against one another to produce the thinnest possible mechanical watches.
Carbon fiber is almost an object of fetish in the watch industry, which has molded and forged the material as well as used it for almost superfluous decoration.
As watchmakers revisit core values of craftsmanship, timekeeping, and enduring design, Germany’s Glashütte Original evokes all these characteristics with the Senator Chronometer ($26,900 in rose g
Denis Giguet, founder of the fledgling watch brand Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps, or MCT, has seen plenty of arcane complicated timepieces come to market.
Officine Panerai marks each of the company’s Classic Yachts Challenge seasons with a special Regatta timepiece.
Audemars Piguet’s Millenary has taken many guises over the years, but the new Millenary Carbon One ($268,100) may be the edgiest yet.