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  1. While refurbishing stopwatches and dashboard rally timers in vintage sports cars, Manchester-trained watchmaker Ian Walsh, founder of IWI (Ian Walsh International) Watches, was impressed by their...
  2. An eminent London diamond merchant since 1789, Backes & Strauss approaches the wristwatch as a piece of fine jewelry. Produced in collaboration with Geneva’s Franck Muller Watchland, which...
  3. Cristina Wendt-Thévenaz, CEO of Delaneau in Geneva, brings a feminine perspective to Swiss mechanical watchmaking, an otherwise male-dominated field. For years she has mixed traditional arts—such as...
  4. In 2005, Parisian jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels presented its Midsummer Night’s Dream high-jewelry collection depicting impish fairies rendered in sparkling gems. Last year, the brand combined...
  5. Since its launch, Breguet’s open-works La Tradition model has stood as a paean to the original mechanical style of Abraham-Louis Breguet—from its frosted finish to revisited constructions such as the...
  6. In 1999, watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey left Renaud et Papi with the vision of a new wristwatch tourbillon mechanism that would diminish the effects of gravity on accuracy. "We saw the...
  7. Atop a table in Geneva’s Grand Théâtre and surrounded by dozens of male dancers, Elisabet Ros moved to the measured crescendo of Ravel’s Boléro. The performance by Ros, principal dancer for the...
  8. At nearly 3,300 feet underground, the air in shaft number 10 at South Africa’s Impala mine is warm, humid, and acrid. The smell is a mix of rotting timber from support beams and ammonia from the...
  9. Long before he established his watch company in 2001, Richard Mille ( www.richardmille.com ) encountered an astrolabe made by the Paris clock-making company Hour-Lavigne. In 1998, he convinced Robert...
  10. When Colorado businessman (and avid fly fisherman) Kip Dellinger glances at his watch, he sees not only the time, but also a trout leaping from a stream to chase a mayfly. The scene’s backdrop, the...

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