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  1. According to Hélène Poulit-Duquesne, Cartier International’s watch marketing director, the original idea for the Cirque Animalier de Cartier (800.227.8437, www.cartier.com ) emerged from an exercise...
  2. The Van Cleef & Arpels Jour/Nuit (212.644.9500, www.vancleef-arpels.com ) does not display hours and minutes in a conventional way. Rather, its dial—a rotating disk surfaced in aventurine—depicts...
  3. Harry Winston is first and foremost a purveyor of jewelry for women. Yet the company’s most notable timepieces—such as the Opus watches and the Tourbillon Glissiere—were created for men. With the...
  4. The F.P. Journe Minute Repeater Souveraine (305.572.9802, www.fpjourne.com ) is a much more modest timepiece than its celebrated older sibling, the Grande Sonnerie Souveraine. But to compare the...
  5. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon (310.734.0525, www.jaeger-lecoultre.com ) is hardly a squared retread of 2004’s landmark multiaxis tourbillon. Rather, the timepiece is a bold model that...
  6. Patek Philippe’s famously sober designs are at once a reflection of Geneva’s Calvinist culture and an expression of self-confidence on the part of a company that is known for mechanical expertise...
  7. "If you think about it," says Christian Selmoni, director of product marketing at Vacheron Constantin, "great watches are more about ideas and design than the intricacies of their movements." He is...
  8. The disdain in David Zanetta’s voice is palpable as he describes the "half-franc piece of brass" that serves as the regulating organ in many wristwatches. Of course, the silver-haired CEO of boutique...
  9. Nature has inspired the designs of Van Cleef & Arpels (212.644.9500, www.vancleef-arpels.com ) for nearly a century, and the company strolls down the garden path with its new Les Jardins, an...
  10. When Cartier (800.227.8437, www.cartier.com ) introduced its high-jewelry collection at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris last September, the event recalled an earlier era, when the French luxury...

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