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The Best of the Best 2003: Watches - Patek Philippe
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...
The Best of the Best 2003: Watches - Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept
Audemars Piguet unveiled its Royal Oak Concept watch to some of its most important retailers by intentionally dropping the $155,000 tourbillon on the...
The Best of the Best 2003: Watches - International Watch Co.
With the release of the Big Pilot’s Watch, the International Watch Co. of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has literally and figuratively put it all...
Style: The Enchanted Vallée
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...
Features: The Real Deal
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...
Watches: Ahead of his Time
Would you buy a watch from a designer whose work was thrown out of Switzerland’s most prestigious exhibition? For many watch enthusiasts, whether...
Style: Fashionably Late
A few years ago, as Hermès watchmakers in Switzerland were hard at work developing the innovative Nomade travel timepiece, a call came from Jean-...
Watches: Magnificent Seven
Only a hardened watch industry insider or collector recognizes the names Svend Andersen, Thomas Baumgartner, or Bernhard Lederer. Goldpfeil, the...
FrontRunners: Triple Crown
Maurice Lacroix’s flagship Masterpiece Collection strives to marry traditional craftsmanship with modern styling and function. Recently, the prestige...
Watches: Free Spirit
Cristina Thévenaz is not your typical watch executive. At the annual watch and jewelry fair in Basel, Switzerland, earlier this year, the attractive...
Robb Design Portfolio: Out of This World
Like Magellan, who had trouble enlisting a patron for his 16th-century quest to find a new route to Asia, Everhard Vissers could not find a Swiss...
Robb Report's 21 Ultimate Gifts: Rings Supreme
The Sonnerie Souveraine is one of François-Paul Journe’s most remarkable accomplishments in watchmaking. Containing nearly 500 parts, it was three...
FrontRunners: Stitch in Time
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...
Watches: Historical References
With histories that are measured in centuries, venerable brands Patek Philippe and Girard-Perregaux can easily justify having their own museums. But...
Feature: Defining Moments
As long as man has been compelled to strap a watch to his wrist to track the passing hours, minutes, and seconds of the day, that timepiece has also...
Feature: Vintage Futures
You may not attract many stares wearing Blancpain’s subtle 1735 grand complication—except among fellow aficionados who realize, with more than a...
Motorcycles: G2 Whiz
When Matt Chambers, owner and president of Confederate Motorcycles in Abita Springs, La., unveiled the new Hellcat G2 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...
Back Page: Times They Are a'Changing
This month, we travel back in time for a look at . . . time, and how Robb Report readers were keeping track of it in November 1993, when we ran a...
FrontRunners: Promising Results
Audemars Piguet (888.214.6858, www.audemarspiguet.com ) has high hopes that its new Promesse women’s watch collection will help raise more than $1.5...
FrontRunners: Timely Introduction
Charles Lewis Tiffany had an eye for watches. In 1851, he became the first retailer to bring Patek Philippe timepieces to America; then he developed...
Watches: Thoroughly Modern Mechanism
Pierre Kunz defies the notion that high-end mechanical watchmaking is strictly a handicraft refined over generations by established brands. Just one...
FrontRunners: Time Saver
Although it’s easy to imagine agent 007, trapped on a remote mountaintop, unscrewing the cap of Breitling’s Emergency and extending the antenna to...
Watches: Conceptual Thinking
When Audemars Piguet introduced its groundbreaking Royal Oak in 1972, the company assumed a split personality that has lasted for 30 years. Certainly...
Robb Design Portfolio: Platinum Connections
Any watch’s ultimate purpose is to tell the time of day, but an obviously unbridgeable gulf exists between a mass-market-manufactured Timex and the...
Style: Best of the Best Watches: Patek Philippe
When Patek Philippe unveiled its supercomplicated Sky Moon Tourbillon wristwatch at last year’s World Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland...
Best of the Best 2002: Style: Best Watches
Youth Movement Girard-Perregaux is a classic manufacture that is prized among the cognoscenti for its distinct, under-stated way with mechanical...
Watches: Cool Hands
During my annual pilgrimage to the Grimoldi store in Milan’s Piazza Duomo last fall, I noticed that its proprietors, brothers Roberto and Cesare...
FrontRunners: Mountain Time
If Aspen hasn’t appeared on your watch-buying radar, consider this: One of the most celebrated watchmakers in the world, François-Paul Journe, has...
FrontRunners: Ahead of the Curve
Parmigiani Fleurier has marked a watchmaking milestone with Forma, the first timepiece from the exclusive boutique brand that is powered with an in-...
Style: Rare Birds
A complicated watch movement—its intricate mechanisms engaged in the rhythmic tracking of time—is beautiful to behold. But to truly appreciate one of...
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