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  1. Louis Moinet ’s Derrick Tourbillon, a limited edition of 12 watches ($280,000), seems expressly designed for a specific customer who owes his fortune to the blessings of petroleum. The automaton on...
  2. Vacheron Constantin has reimagined its classic men’s Overseas sport watch in a sparkling women’s version set with more than 600 diamonds at a total weight of 2.5 carats. The water-resistant Overseas...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Michael Safdie’s noteworthy collection of rare Patek Philippe timepieces began with a dream for just one watch—the Golden Ellipse. With its elliptical shape, blue sunburst dial, and gold applied hour...
  7. When Swiss designers Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo launched the Bell & Ross ( www.bellross.com ) timepiece brand in 1992, they did so, as Rosillo explains, to pay tribute to the military,...
  8. Chuck Agnoff’s retirement was short-lived. To celebrate both his 60th birthday and his retirement, Agnoff’s wife gave him a gold Rolex, which Agnoff loved for its aesthetics and craftsmanship but...
  9. You need not be a serious, well-informed watch collector to know that Patek Philippe reigns supreme as the producer most serious collectors pursue. Even in the world of collectible pocket watches—a...
  10. Much of America’s industrialization during the early 19th century can be credited to Oliver Evans, a Delaware-tborn inventor of the high-pressure steam engine, though it was a proclamation that he...

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