Watches

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
When Hermès decided, at the end of the 1990s, to upgrade its men’s watch offerings, the resources to do so were surprisingly close at hand. Around the same time, the Hermès family had leased a Paris...
The MV 75 World Champion is the first in a series of MV Agusta–themed timepieces from Swiss watchmaker JeanRichard ( www.jeanrichard.com ). The collection, which celebrates the Italian motorcycle...
Max Büsser was hesitant to launch a watch brand, because he lacked a certain prerequisite. "I initially thought I could never have my own brand because I am not a watchmaker," says Büsser, the 40-...
Swiss watches served as a kind of appetizer during Pascal Raffy’s childhood in Lebanon. Before the family’s Sunday dinners, Raffy’s grandfather would show off pieces from his collection to Raffy and...
The master compressor Extreme Lab is not only a ground-breaker; it is a scene-stealer. When Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the lubricant-free watch last spring, it upstaged all the advances with high-...
"Is there anything more inspiring to man than the sky?" asks Louis de Meckenheim, who manages the development of Van Cleef & Arpels’ (212.644.9500, www.vancleef.com ) watch collection. He poses...
In watchmaking history, the mid-17th century is known as the Age of Decoration, a period when artisans transformed early pendant and pocket watches into colorful objets d’art that perhaps were valued...
The Gift A pair of complicated custom wristwatches—one of which will feature a handpainted dial—from Swiss manufacturer Bovet. Starting at $1.15 million In one part of the world, at least, Bovet—the...
"An artist’s job is to predict the future and push the envelope," says Adam Lindemann, a 46-year-old New Yorker who collects contemporary art and runs the recently relaunched Ikepod watch brand. By...
When he is at home on sunday mornings, Frank Müller, CEO of German watchmaker Glashütte Original, likes to select a pocket watch from his collection and examine the antique movement. He will shut the...
Lightweight and strong, carbon fiber is regarded as the state-of-the art material for building high-tech speed machines including Formula One racecars and America’s Cup yachts. In the upper realms of...
The Centigraphe Souverain has a closer connection to car racing than some automotive-themed watches. For Antiquorum’s 30th anniversary auction in 2004, Geneva watchmaker François-Paul Journe created...
Watchmaker Emmanuel Breguet, a seventh-generation descendant of Abraham-Louis Breguet and the only family member still involved in the namesake business, dons white cotton gloves as we prepare to...
Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea captured the imagination of Fabrice Gonet, who read the novel as a boy at his grandfather’s home in Switzerland. Years later, Gonet recalled Verne’s...
The tourbillon mechanism was invented more than 200 years ago to diminish gravity’s effect on a watch’s precision. But instead of diffusing gravity’s force, Harry Winston’s Tourbillon Glissiere,...
Veteran NFL linebacker Donnie Edwards once stayed up all night changing the straps on his 20 or so Panerais. His infatuation with his watches may seem extreme, but it is not unusual among collectors...
Not content with merely selling the wares of German watch manufacturers, the Hamburg-based retailer Wempe ( www.wempe.com ) has joined them. Wempe enlisted the German firm Nomos, located in the...

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