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Montblanc Revives a ’30s Classic
Montblanc’s new Vintage Pulsographe ($47,200) is a pang of nostalgia for the 1930s, an era when chronographs were practical instruments. During that...
Best of the Best 2011: Women's Watches: Breguet Reine de Naples Sonnerie au passage
When Breguet sought to add a high-level complication to its successful Reine de Naples ladies’ watch model, its development team looked to the...
Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Super Sport
When Parmigiani Fleurier was asked by Bugatti Automobiles to create a special-edition watch to celebrate the final version of the automaker’s Veyron...
Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Bovet Fleurier Ottanta
The Bovet Fleurier Ottanta (786.787.0363, www.bovet.com ) , a timepiece commissioned by Pininfarina to mark the 80th anniversary of the Italian...
Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon
Led by movement developer Carole Forestier, Cartier has exceeded expectations for its initial watchmaking efforts by not only completing the basics...
Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques
While complicated pieces usually steal the spotlight, models such as those in the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques (877.862...
Best of the Best 2011: Women's Watches: Corum Golden Bridge Lady
In the years since Corum reengineered its famous Golden Bridge from the 1980s, that specially conceived, in-line movement has been implemented...
Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Patek Philippe 5170 Chronograph
With the Patek Philippe 5170 Chronograph (212.218.1240, www.patek.com ) ,the company has significantly upgraded the lateral-clutch chronograph, a...
Best of the Best 2011: Women's Watches: Van Cleef & Arpels Le Pont des Amoureux
Collectors have only recently elevated Van Cleef & Arpels to the rank of serious watchmaker; yet the revered jeweler now combines inventive...
Best of the Best 2011: Women's Watches: DeWitt Dame de Pressy
Though it was one of DeWitt’s early designs, the case of Dame de Pressy is a shape that the company did not produce in large numbers. But when paired...
Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Chopard L.U.C. Engine One
The design of the Chopard L.U.C. Engine One (800.246.7273, www.chopard.com ) might be more elaborate than those of Chopard’s other L.U.C. watches,...
Watches: Vintage Victory
The sudden discovery of an extensive cache of decades-old watch movements reminded horologist Claude Sanz of the painful divide that exists in the...
Frontrunners: Time Will Tell
Boutique watchmaker De Bethune recently introduced the De Bethune DB 28 ( www.debethune.ch ), a watch that mixes the futuristic with the vintage. The...
Richard Mille’s Performance Watch
For performance-minded Richard Mille , the creation of an ideal golf watch was a matter of finding the right test pilot. And for sheer g-forces there...
Girard-Perregaux Revives a Classic
Girard-Perregaux has decided that the best way to update its rectangular and iconic Vintage 1945 model was to give it some curves. The roundness,...
Rolf W. Schnyder Is Remembered
The Swiss watch industry lost one of its most dynamic leaders on April 14 with the unexpected passing of Rolf W. Schnyder, CEO of Ulysse Nardin...
FrontRunners: Just Add Water
A propensity to corrode usually is not a selling point for a watch, but it is a compelling feature of the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days...
Watches: Practically Playful
Unadorned functionality has remained the guiding principle of modern German watch design ever since A. Lange & Söhne helped to revive the...
IWC Returns to Portofino
IWC has updated its Portofino line with a hint of retro flair inspired by the dolce-vita days of the collection’s namesake village on the Italian...
Bell & Ross’ Fly Boys
Bell & Ross’ Vintage collection hearkens to the 1940s, when watches were key instruments for pilots. The retro aviation spirit infuses the entire...
The Evolution of Time
John Simonian , owner of the Los Angeles–based watch retailer Westime, has written his first book, titled Timepiece Machines . In 300 pages and 200...
Parmigiani’s Svelte Companion
Parmigiani Fleurier’s latest iteration of its dressy Tonda model is an advancement in both style and technical sophistication. Tonda 1950 ($16,900)...
Bovet’s Timely Roadster
With the new Amadeo 45 Chronograph Cambiano edition 2011 ($21,780), Bovet builds on its collaboration with famed Italian automotive design house...
Vacheron Constantin’s Hot Date
Vacheron Constantin’s groundbreaking Quai de l’Ile line-up has added a handsome new face with the Retrograde Annual Calendar. To power its new piece...
Robb Design Portfolio: Repeat Showing
A minute repeater’s appeal usually rests largely on how well the watch sounds. But Audemars Piguet ( www.audemarspiguet.com ) obviously invested much...
Watches: Added Subtraction
To enhance a timepiece’s beauty, the designers at Piaget not so simply reduce its size. "Our business is to create thin and very elegant men’s...
FrontRunners: Four Play
Collectors probably will not mind that the new Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2 ( www.greubelforsey.com ) contains a mechanism the Swiss watchmaker...
Richard Mille Shows American Spirit
Apparently it is not enough that Richard Mille watches look different from other watches on the market. Richard Mille owners want their watches to...
Watches: Swing Shift
As a small group gathered in one of the formal private rooms of the Cartier mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City last November, a rather informal...
FrontRunners: Palace Coup
Jean Dunand’s latest GMT tourbillon chronograph, the expansive $460,000 Jean Dunand Palace ( www.jeandunand.com ), is a mechanical tour de force with...
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