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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Not long after the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s flagship Royal Oak model—an occasion the watchmaker celebrated in 2012 with various galas, the introduction of special models, and a global...
  5. An ultrathin ribbon of silicon helps the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement ( www.girard-perregaux.com ) address a problem that has long vexed watchmakers: how to maintain a watch’s accuracy as the...
  6. One could argue that continuity is the primary element distinguishing Patek Philippe from its Swiss watchmaking rivals. The company’s adherence to mechanical watchmaking during the quartz revolution...
  7. The company that built a watch with the world’s largest tourbillon carriage (the Giga Tourbillon) recently released a model with what might be the fastest-rotating carriage. The $242,300 Franck...
  8. The Richard Mille RM036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Limited Edition Jean Todt watch fuses the world of racecars and the watches together.
  9. "If you think about it," muses Montblanc’s Dimitri Cabiddu, "our entire factory is no larger than the prototype department at a major brand. In fact, that is exactly what gives us so much freedom."...
  10. The proliferation of highly complicated and artistic watches has spawned a new breed of collectors drawn to the arena with a great appreciation for the watchmaking or the desire to own a rarified...

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