Watches

Fraudulent claims notwithstanding, no one has yet succeeded in creating a genuine perpetual-motion machine, and the promise of a limitless, nonpolluting energy source remains just that: a promise...
Vacheron Constantin is renowned for its skeleton watches, which feature faces that reveal the timepieces’ delicate, handmade components, and for its highly complicated watches. From the latter...
Three of Savile Row’s finest custom tailors—Henry Poole & Co., H. Huntsman & Sons, and Richard Anderson—and one of London’s most esteemed bespoke shoemakers, G.J. Cleverley, have united their...
The beauty—or tragedy, depending on how you view it—of Audemars Piguet’s $2.25 million Springtime Charm watch and earrings suite, currently sitting for a limited engagement in the window of its...
There comes a point in every watch devotee’s life when it is time to try something different. Once you reach the decision to wear an unconventional timepiece, you are faced with choices that can...
Watch aficionados with a taste for the exquisite and the very rare will have their appetites gorged by Audemars Piguet’s Musical Hours exhibition, coming to the brand’s New York boutique from...
When you don a tourbillon, you strap to your wrist what is perhaps the most inefficient, out-of-date—not to mention expensive—complicated watch available. Undoubtedly, a number of horological...
The most remarkable watches are often one-of-a-kind pieces, custom-made for clients of means. This is true of the original Cartier Pasha watch, which Louis Cartier created in 1931 for Thami El Glaoui...
René Beyer, the 40-year-old CEO and president of Chronometrie Beyer, cannot pinpoint the year, but it was sometime during the fall of 2000 or 2001 when his late father, Theodor, asked to meet him in...
Oddly enough, precise production schedules almost never apply to complicated watchmaking. Unanticipated technical challenges can make the work frustratingly slow. Fortunately, master watchmakers seem...
Once you have encountered the hopelessly fastidious Swiss, it is easy to understand why they excel at manipulating tiny metal parts. But these days, watch collectors are looking beyond the Swiss to...
It is tempting to write off Franck Muller’s latest jewelry collection as wretched excess for a certified watch maniac. Who but an overly ardent collector would be attracted to jewelry festooned with...
A wristwatch cannot be considered truly complicated unless it is also complicated to read. Such, it seems, is the thinking of a select group of Swiss watchmakers—including some of the industry’s...
There is a certain threshold at which an addict can no longer deny or camouflage his compulsion. For watch collectors, that moment of clarity comes when they can almost feel their poor, neglected...
The workmen have left, the scaffolding is down, and Audemars Piguet (888.214.6858) has moved into its sleek five-story Manhattan townhouse on 57th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. The opening...
For years, Swiss watchmakers have adhered to the belief that women do not like to fuss with their watches. This perception has prevented even premium watchmakers from outfitting their women’s watches...
Audemars Piguet unveiled its Royal Oak Concept watch to some of its most important retailers by intentionally dropping the $155,000 tourbillon on the floor. This shocking act pointedly demonstrated...
With the release of the Big Pilot’s Watch, the International Watch Co. of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has literally and figuratively put it all together. Large-size and pilot’s watch categories have...
Everyone wants a wristwatch that is part mechanical genius and part great design. This year, Michel Parmigiani has endowed a single watch with liberal helpings of both. Adding a slightly edgy touch...
ts are built as integrated units for extra displays ratherDress watch fans have something to celebrate now that serious suits are back in fashion. Equally thrilling is the news that some of their all...
Even a watch novice can recognize that there is something special about Vacheron Constantin’s 247 with a 31-day retrograde calendar. The platinum timepiece ($29,000) can be interpreted as a single-...
Jaeger-LeCoultre has created the most impressive jewelry watch of the year by breaking the rules of conventional gem setting. Forsaking the uniform rows of carefully matched stones found on a normal...
Watches with flamboyant dials suggesting a distinct flavor of yesteryear have become so popular that they are as much the province of marketing directors as designers. But at Dubey &...
In the heart of Switzerland’s Jura Mountains lies the Vallée de Joux, a small basin that is encircled by dense forests and blanketed with a heavy coat of snow and ice for nearly six months of the...
Few things rankle more than when someone disses your sweetheart—even if she happens to be a watch. When you show off your new complicated wristwatch, you may encounter one of those opinionated...
Would you buy a watch from a designer whose work was thrown out of Switzerland’s most prestigious exhibition? For many watch enthusiasts, whether they realize it or not, the answer is yes. The...
A few years ago, as Hermès watchmakers in Switzerland were hard at work developing the innovative Nomade travel timepiece, a call came from Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermès, the company’s chairman and CEO in...
Only a hardened watch industry insider or collector recognizes the names Svend Andersen, Thomas Baumgartner, or Bernhard Lederer. Goldpfeil, the German leather company embarking on its first foray...
Maurice Lacroix’s flagship Masterpiece Collection strives to marry traditional craftsmanship with modern styling and function. Recently, the prestige collection added two automatic mechanical...
President Nixon made his historic trip to China, Carole King’s Tapestry swept the Grammys, M*A*S*H and The Godfather were big draws at the box office, and Prozac was developed—the year was 1972. At...

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