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  1. 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,...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Parmigiani Fleurier Who better to design a women’s watch collection than a woman? So concluded Jean-Marc Jacot, president of Parmigiani Fleurier, a brand known for its complicated men’s pieces. After...
  8. Harry Winston Rare Timepieces (800.988.4110, www.harrywinston.com ), an 18-year-old company, may lack the heritage and movement-making capability of its rivals, but it continually enlists the best...
  9. As a relatively young company, albeit one with a storied history, A. Lange & Söhne (800. 408.8147, www.alange-soehne.com ) has quickly established itself as a master of high-level chronometry...
  10. Richard Mille After completing what they believed were the final touches on Richard Mille’s latest RM014 tourbillon in the winter of 2006, the engineers who build his complicated movements at Swiss...

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