Watches

THE GIFT Ulysse Nardin Planet Earth, a large-scale desk clock that visually represents the relative positions of the Earth, moon, sun, and potential eclipses. Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck, a wristwatch...
Watch-industry veteran Jean-Marie Schaller began selling timepieces under the Louis Moinet marque in 2003. "It was [renowned watchmaker] Daniel Roth who originally suggested that the Louis Moinet...
Diamond mogul Laurence Graff has unveiled his first full-fledged collection of timepieces inspired by none other than the diamond. In addition to dazzling diamond-encrusted women’s timepieces, there...
Blancpain’s president and CEO Marc Hayek feels the need for speed. So much so, that he formed an alliance between his brand and Lamborghini to launch this year’s Super Trofeo racing series, which...
With its high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion-resistant properties, titanium has long been a popular metal for watches, though it’s generally used for cases and bracelets. Corum breaks new...
The DeWitt Minute Repeater Tourbillon GMT Antipode ( www.dewitt.ch ) combines traditional high complication with utilitarian functions such as a second time-zone display. It is also a watch that...
Of the scores of concept watches introduced with great fanfare over the past few years, many have never actually functioned as advertised. The ambitious and unorthodox Monaco V4 prototype that TAG...
Only a decade ago, it appeared that watchmakers skilled in the traditional arts of engraving and enameling would go the way of the dodo bird. At a time when consumers craved complications and...
Rather than dedicate itself to producing complicated technical movements that hide inside the case, watch newcomer Nubeo seeks to create highly complex and imaginative cases that make an impactful...
If you have ever wanted to view one of the greatest watchmaking enigmas of all time, you will have your opportunity this month at the Breguet boutiques in Beverly Hills and New York City. In 1783,...
A few years ago, Patek Philippe resurrected its mod Nautilus for men to mark the 30th anniversary of the brand’s signature sport model. This year, Patek reinterprets the design for women who want an...
The Grande Sonnerie—Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most sophisticated musical watch yet—will come with two additional timepieces and a sonic security system. Upon its release in 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s latest...
The BRM R50-VT ( www.brm-manufacture.com )—from the French watchmaker whose founder, Bernard Richards, has a penchant for motorsports—was designed to complement a motorcyle, the Ecosse Moto Works...
The novel double-balance spring arrangement in Henry, a recently created watch from Swiss manufacturer H. Moser & Cie, is made completely in-house. The ability to pull off this rare feat of...
In the 1930s, Alfred Dunhill’s sleek lighters and cigarette cases and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso watches embodied the rectilinear moderne aesthetic that defined the Art Deco design movement. This...
"My philosophy, as a jeweler and as a watchmaker, is always to try to do things that have not been done before," says de Grisogono founder Fawaz Gruosi. Not only is this true in the technical sense—...
Horology stretches back five generations in Jean-François Ruchonnet’s family, but the young watchmaker approaches the trade from a thoroughly modern, technological angle. Computer-generated imagery,...
"We are not as boring as you think," says Chopard co-president Caroline Gruosi Scheufele, who designs and oversees production of the company’s jewelry and jewelry watches. Geneva may be the capital...
Piaget may be the one Geneva watch company whose ties to the city’s watchmaking traditions run too deep for its own good. The Piaget name has become so associated with high jewelry and watches...
Patek Philippe is hardly the most approachable company in Switzerland. Its reputation as the consummate traditional watchmaker goes hand-in-hand with its status as the most primly Calvinist of any...
For the better part of a century, anyone wanting to visit Vacheron Constantin at its Geneva home would be directed to the boutique located in the company’s historic headquarters. The brand has...
One can hardly blame François-Paul Journe for exhibiting a subtle look of self-satisfaction. In an industry that fairly worships the watchmaking geniuses of the past—like Abraham-Louis Breguet—Journe...
By dropping two timepieces from the top of the Eiffel Tower in 1956, Wyler Genève demonstrated a commitment to durability that even a skydiver could admire. The watches still worked following their...
The jeweler Harry Winston once said that if he could, he would set diamonds directly onto a woman’s skin. It isn’t surprising then that when Harry Winston introduced its first timepieces in 1989, the...
Considering he speaks no French, you would hardly consider Franc Vila to be a likely candidate to build a new Geneva watch brand successfully. But after just a few minutes of conversation with the...
Venture into the lakefront boutique of Antoine Preziuso in downtown Geneva, and you will have stumbled upon one of the Swiss watch industry’s open secrets. Preziuso doesn’t have the celebrity of...
"For centuries, the rare artistry of the watch world has been dedicated to men’s watches," says Cristina Thévenaz, CEO of DeLaneau, as she points out sketches in her weathered notebook. "I wanted to...
Jérôme de Witt’s admiration for Abraham-Louis Breguet is rather personal. De Witt’s great-great-great-granduncle Napoléon was one of Breguet’s best customers, and as the last descendant in his family...
"I love the magic of dials, as they are the face of the watch," explains Thierry Oulevay, who in just three years has established Jean Dunand as a boutique watchmaker with the professed specialty of...
For connoisseur watch collectors, the ultimate coup is a unique timepiece—a number one of one. On September 24, watch aficionados will have an opportunity to bid on 34 of these rare one-of-a-kind...

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