Watches

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest continuous watch brand in the world, yet it continues to develop some of the most innovative timekeeping concepts. Its newest introduction is the...
Passionate watch collectors can wait several months or even more than a year for the delivery of a highly desirable, complicated new timepiece from one of the world’s most prestigious brands. But...
Superstrong and ultralight, carbon fiber has long been the preferred material for high-performance applications that demand sturdiness. Formula 1 racecars, America’s Cup yachts, and even aerospace...
Fashion powerhouse Chanel, in an attempt to elevate its standing among watch collectors, approached Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet in recent years to collaborate on a movement. In September...
It appears that the Hong Kong collector who paid some $564,000 at last year’s Only Watch auction in Monaco for an empty box—a stand-in for a mysterious and then-unfinished one-of-a-kind timepiece...
Two years ago Corum updated its 48-year-old Admiral’s Cup collection, which is dedicated to sailing. This year, the brand further invigorated the series with the Admiral’s Cup Tourbillon 48 , an...
The Daniel Roth il Giocatore Veneziano ( www.danielroth.com ) invites you to roll the dice on a $452,100 timepiece equipped with two of watchmaking’s oldest mechanisms, the minute repeater and the...
Throughout his life, Swiss engineer Jean-Léon Reutter was fascinated by the idea of a clock that could keep time for centuries without a winding mechanism or an external power source. In 1928, upon...
Around 1880, Constant Girard—founder of Girard-Perregaux—unveiled a pocket watch that could measure fractions of a second. The function was named foudroyante, from the French word for "lightning."...
Antiquorum will offer more than 400 rare and historically important timepieces at an auction held October 16 in New York?including a 1930 yellow gold Longines wristwatch owned by Albert Einstein (...
Panerai’s caliber P.2005 is a new take on an old concept. But that doesn’t mean that the latest timepiece to house the caliber, the Luminor 1950 Titanium Tourbillon GMT, is any sort of copycat. The P...
Piaget has created a timepiece set to adapt to every irregularity of our Gregorian calendar, including leap years and daylight savings times, up to the year 2100. The Emperador Coussin Perpetual...
While browsing through an antiques shop five years ago with well-known complication specialist Christophe Claret, watch-industry veteran Steven Holtzman pointed out an old desk clock with rolling-bar...
As a publicity stunt, early-20th-century watchmaker Paul Wyler once demonstrated the durability of his timepieces by tossing one of them off the Eiffel Tower. In the rose-gold Wyler Genève Tourbillon...
Twelve years ago, when Marc Jacobs applied for the position of artistic director at Louis Vuitton, he created a design for a line of simple black, white, and gold watches as part of his submission...
The latest offering from Daniel Roth is a wristwatch with a twist: Besides keeping time, it can keep you entertained. Inspired by Italian baroque artist Caravaggio’s 16th-century painting The Card...
Within minutes of meeting at the Cannes International Boat Show in September 2006, executives from Swiss watch manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier and Italian yacht builder Pershing felt an affinity...
Zenith’s Zero-G Tourbillon ( www.zenith-watches.com ) is a fantastically complex mechanical construction, but whether it is an actual tourbillon is open to debate. Like a tourbillon, the Zero-G...
Swiss watchmaker Corum , the official timepiece supplier for the World Series of Poker (WSOP), is offering players the opportunity to custom order hand-painted dials featuring their winning hand. The...
Similar to other timepieces of its genre, the new Girard-Perregaux Bi-Axial Tourbillon ( www.girard-perregaux?.com ) offers balance and escapement rotation on more than one plane. The design...
When brothers and professional aviators Nick and Giles English launched a collection of watches in memory of their RAF pilot father, Euan, in 2007, they insisted that their Bremont timepieces had to...
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...
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...
Britannia ruled the waves thanks to the finely jeweled bearings of the marine chronometer. This groundbreaking instrument, which London clockmaker John Harrison perfected in 1764 after 30 years of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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