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FrontRunners: Private Time
Watch connoisseurs who want to safeguard their collections more effectively might consider borrowing a trick from Mother Nature: camouflage. Boreas...
When Harry Winston ( www.harrywinston.com ) recently opened its first London store on New Bond Street, it also unveiled the limited-edition...
Watches: Evolution Theory
De Bethune’s latest watch models could be viewed as a bow to the modern, technical designs that now are in vogue among Swiss watchmakers. With...
Watches: Pyramid Scheme
While viewing the early renderings for Jean Dunand’s latest timepiece, Thierry Oulevay, the brand’s president, took note of the futuristic design’s...
FrontRunners: Rock Faces
The minimalist Golden Bridge watch line from Corum ( www.corum.ch ) is exploring its extravagant side. In the new Corum Haute Joaillerie series, a...
Icons & Innovators: Audemars Piguet: Great Leap Forward
George-Henri Meylan, Audemars Piguet’s mild-mannered CEO, says he never intended to supplant traditional Swiss design when he tasked the watchmakers...
Icons & Innovators: Bulgari: A Man and His Machines
An interview with Nicola Bulgari cannot be contained to a q uestion-and-answer format. With his enthusiasm and candor he instantly engages me in an...
FrontRunners: Time Peace
Döttling Luxury Safes ( www.doettling-safes.com ), which restores antique safes while adding such features as wet bars, humidors, and gun cabinets,...
Icons & Innovators: Audemars Piguet: Swiss Jewels
As Audemars Piguet advances mechanical watchmaking, the Le Brassus manufacture quietly continues to practice its established métier in jewelry...
Icons & Innovators: Bulgari: Acquired Tastes
Bulgari may be headquartered in Rome, but its watchmaking ambitions rival those of any Swiss brand. Not satisfied with just producing sleek, modern...
Icons & Innovators: Ulysse Nardin: Seeds Of Revolution
Ulysse Nardin received an early, though not immediately apparent, head start in the watch industry’s recent technology race. That advantage came in...
A watch manufacturer traditionally has demonstrated its mastery of the mechanical art by producing a grand complication, often a sober-looking piece...
Watches: Personal Matters
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, copresident of Chopard, agrees that the manufacture he established to produce the company’s connoisseur-class L.U.C...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Watchmaking Laid Bare
A custom skeleton Tecnica timepiece from Swiss watchmaker Michel Parmigiani. Three limited-edition Kalpa skeleton watches, two of which mark...
Time: Russian Dressing
A crowd gathered last summer in Moscow’s Sobornaya Square, within the Kremlin walls, to watch 120 Presidential Guards in full regalia perform a 40-...
Best Of The Best 2006: High Notes
The F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine is hardly the most complicated or flamboyant timepiece, but its purity of purpose and results-driven innovation...
Time: Working on the Railroad
The term “American-made” holds little allure for those who have learned to regard Switzerland as the sole source of fine mechanical watches. Yet the...
FrontRunners: Medal Ceremony
By naming the watch after the Prussian medal for outstanding artistic and scientific accomplishments, A. Lange & Sohne (310.980.5264, www.lange-...
Watches: The Straight Man
Throughout his 25 years in the watch industry, Gérald Roden has been a huge fan of legendary watch designer Gérald Genta. Today, as president of the...
Feature: Bell Whethers
For all its expressive sound, a minute repeater still could be considered a blind purchase. These coveted, highly complicated musical timepieces are...
Renaissance Stories: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak Offshore model, the Alinghi Polaris chronograph, is a compelling piece because, like many of Audemars’ recent...
Watches: Pocket Protector
As dozens of its peers proffer ultramodern interpretations of the complicated wristwatch, Bovet Fleurier has returned its focus to the decidedly old-...
Time: Revisionist History
Nicolas Hayek did something that every serious watch collector only fantasizes about: He ordered the reproduction of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s most...
FrontRunners: Crush Depth
Although the vast majority of diving watches will never see the bottom of a Jacuzzi, a few are built for strenuous duty. Hublot’s new Subaquaneus ($4...
FrontRunners: Ancient Mariner
A number of watch companies are channeling Jacques Cousteau this year, including Blancpain (877.520.1735, www.blancpain.com ), which has introduced a...
FrontRunners: Content Be Gone
Pushing small buttons is difficult when you are wearing gloves—a fact that has prevented Swiss engineers from dressing up dive watches with...
Watches: Finishing School
Is 100 years of experience really required to produce an exceptional watch? Jérôme De Witt does not think so. In only four years, he and his...
Watches: High Time for Enzo
Shanghai is a city in transition, poised for a major breakthrough as the metropolitan beacon of mainland China, simmering with its potentially...
Best of the Best: Watches
Patek Philippe Reference 5101P 10-Day Tourbillon The spin doctor is in. There is certainly no shortage of superlatives in the highest echelons of...
Best Things First: Watch Winder
The one thing they never tell you when you purchase an ultralong power reserve watch is how infernally long it takes to wind it. Until now, owners of...
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