Visual Art Watch

The original Legacy Machine No. 1 was conceived as a watch that would exemplify the sort of forward-thinking timepiece that MB&F (Maximilian Büsser and Friends) would have created had the brand...
The Chinese New Year, which is based on a lunar rather than a solar calendar, fell on January 31 this year, and Ulysse Nardin celebrated the occasion with the release of the Classico Horse, the third...
Urushi, an ancient lacquer technique developed in Japan using tree sap, is the catalyst for Chopard’ s limited-run L.U.C XP timepiece ($24,290). The watch depicts a horse, inspired by the 2014...
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...
While there is nothing unusual about a watch company CEO creating special-edition timepieces based on a personal passion, the idea came as a complete surprise to the executives of the Taito and Namco...
The Geneva-based boutique watchmaker Laurent Ferrier has established a long-term partnership with Meissen Italia, a subsidiary of the venerable German porcelain maker, to create limited-edition...
All the traditional decorative arts in watchmaking—engraving, guillochage, enameling, and jeweling—have been mixed together freely since the birth of the craft. In fact, it was during this early...
While watch companies frequently trumpet the heritage of their artisanal techniques, Cartier may have outdone them all by releasing a watch decorated in a technique with 5,000-year-old origins. The...
The current CEO of the Geneva-based watch brand Romain Jerome, Manuel Emch, describes his company in the years before he was hired as "some kind of design-and-marketing laboratory." Under its former...
In late-19th-century paris, feathers were all the fashion. Artisans specializing in feather-related crafts flourished, furnishing affluent tastemakers with a variety of plume-bedecked articles...
The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists, virtually guarantees a timepiece of superlative aesthetic quality; the underlying concept of the...
Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has dramatically increased its influence in the watchmaking world over the past several years by introducing a series of decorative-arts timepieces. Its...
Steven Grotell knows the value of keeping a low profile. In the two decades since the architect-turned-watch-designer began working in the business, he has learned the extent to which his clients,...
While complicated pieces usually steal the spotlight, models such as those in the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques (877.862.7555, www.vacheron-constantin.com ) show that art...
Wine writers have hailed 2005 as one of the best vintages of French Bordeaux in decades, if not longer. After maturing such exceptional wine, the 200-year-old oak casks used to age Château Latour...
Over the years, De Bethune CEO David Zanetta and technical director Denis Flageollet have driven the company’s designs toward a more futuristic style and, in doing so, have redefined what a...
The Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’le represents one of the 254-year-old company’s most dramatic bursts of creativity to date. The timepiece breaks ground in several areas, but most notably in its...
The Van Cleef Arpels Jour/Nuit does not display hours and minutes in a conventional way. Rather, its dial—a rotating disk surfaced in aventurine—depicts a sun in yellow sapphires resting opposite a...
The RM 015 Perini Navi Cup marine tourbillon, inspired by the famous Maltese Falcon sailing yacht created for Tom Perkins, uses the same carbon nano-fiber material for its baseplate as the legendary...
The base movement of this timepiece is entirely designed and manufactured in-house by De Bethune. It consists of a 30-mm caliber with double-barrel self-adjusting offering an eight-day power reserve...
HM 1 features a radical new design and construction plus a totally original movement with 376 parts and 81 functional jewels. Only 30 per year are to be crafted for three years, available in either...
Corum’s unique linear Golden Bridge movement is 1.19 inches long and rests on hand-engraved plates and bridges. It seemingly floats in its sapphire crystal case surrounded by diamonds and precious...
The Cabinet N° 5 watch in the Tradition d’Excellence collection, introduced in 2006, features the unique Audemars Piguet escapement. Inspired by a mechanism created in the late 18th century by Robert...
Richard Mille's RM 012 architectural tourbillion is the world’s first wristwatch with a baseplate and bridge construction made from steel and titanium tubes. This system, in which both these...
The 32 pieces of the Laureato Regatta chronograph are dedicated to the extraordinary character of the 32nd America’s Cup: In a 46-mm white gold case, the watch combines a flying tourbillon and a...
The Tradition wristwatch in 18-karat yellow gold features a hand-wound movement with power reserve indicated above and underneath and Breguet overcoil. The off-centered silvered gold dial is hand...
Le Réveil du Tsar Classique alarm wristwatch in 18-karat yellow gold uses a self-winding movement with small seconds and date and second time-zone indicator. It also features alarm time and alarm...