Watches

With each new watch seemingly more complicated than the last, the timepieces from premier diamond house Graff illustrate how nothing is impossible in Swiss watchmaking, provided you know the right...
True to their name, the limited-edition Ralph Lauren Modern Art Deco watches ( www.ralphlaurenwatches.com ) look as though they were crafted in the 1920s. They are discreetly sized, geometrically...
When it comes to complications, Franck Muller’s movement developer, Jean-Pierre Golay, contends that simple can also be innovative. "We wanted to change directions completely," he says, referring to...
Following on the impression created by his ultra-light, all-aluminium Centigraph Sport, F.P. Journe has released a less complicated edition—essentially one of his popular Octa watches, transformed...
Owners of premium-grade classic cars will have an extra incentive to enter and win the famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the southwestern shore of Lake Como. The winner will receive a one-of...
One of the most head-turning watches at this year’s BaselWorld international watch fair was not a highly complicated superwatch, but a carefully considered production piece from Ulysse Nardin . On...
A. Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar ( www.alange-soehne.com ) might be the German brand’s most discreet high-complication watch. With a hidden tourbillon cage, a large...
Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, which first found success in the mid-1800s manufacturing marine chronometers, celebrated its nautical heritage by collaborating with Italian pen maker Visconti on a...
Fortieth birthdays seem to be often accompanied by a blow-out celebration, a fact that is apparently true even when the celebrant is a watch. The many friends of Audemars Piguet ’s Royal Oak can wish...
One of the last initiatives of Luigi “Gino” Macaluso, the respected CEO of Girard-Perregaux who passed away last year, was to institute a program for the development of chiming watches. This most...
With a substantial black ceramic case and a no-nonsense military webbing strap, the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar edition ($18,200) is clearly intended to be the toughest-looking pilot’s...
The latest collaboration between boutique watchmaker Greubel-Forsey and jeweler Harry Winston, the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 3 ( www.harrywinston.com ) packs almost every advanced...
Over the centuries, watchmakers have exploited nearly every conceivable technique for the design and decoration of timepieces; thus, when Philippe Delhotal, artistic and creative director of Hermès’...
The new Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain from Greubel Forsey is technically very close to the fast rotating tourbillon the brand released in 2007. However, the new $480,000 model makes a...
While minute repeater construction is a subjective art form at some companies, at Jaeger-LeCoultre it is absolutely a science. The Vallée de Joux manufacture can produce sheaves of research results...
For the 125th anniversary of the Geneva Seal ( Poinçon de Genève ), the famous watchmaking manufacturing standard, Swiss watchmaker Chopard has released a commemorative L.U.C XPS timepiece, limited...
Formula One driver and Audemars Piguet brand ambassador Sébastien Buemi was the inspiration for the Swiss watchmaker’s Royal Oak Offshore Sébastien Buemi limited edition. This most recent...
When viewed from the front of its case, the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton ( www.piaget.com ) appears similar to traditional skeleton designs. But the case is so svelte—less than a quarter of an inch...
More than a few eyebrows were raised among the collectors who gathered recently in Dubai at the world’s largest suspended aquarium for the unveiling of Blancpain’s latest timepiece: The revelation...
As long as humans have been forming gold into precious objects, goldsmiths have struggled to offset the metal’s softness. Traditionally, this issue has been addressed by alloying gold with other...
Triumphs Inside the Watch Industry’s Eastward Lean SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), the most luxury oriented of the annual Swiss watch shows, has always been a tantalizing...
Manufacture d’horlogerie Breguet celebrates the 200th anniversary of the creation of the world’s first wristwatch, which it produced for the queen of Naples, Napoléon Bonaparte’s sister, with a...
Known best for futuristic watchcases resembling frogs, owls, and even jet engines, MB&F has released a new series of timepieces called Legacy Machines that displays far more traditional designs...
As Aston Martin reconsiders its AMR-One LMP1 sports car racing project, Jaeger-LeCoultre ’s new AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1 ($20,900) continues waving the green flag. Engineered with an easy-to-...
Chopard’s fifth limited-edition Jacky Ickx watch was developed with input from its namesake racing legend to evoke the spirit of classic car racing. The Jacky Ickx Edition V ($11,140) pays tribute to...
Much of America’s industrialization during the early 19th century can be credited to Oliver Evans, a Delaware-tborn inventor of the high-pressure steam engine, though it was a proclamation that he...
The GIFT A one-of-a-kind version of Louis Vuitton’s new Tambour Minute Repeater. A three-night stay in Switzerland for two people, with accommodations in Geneva and La Chaux-de-Fonds. An exclusive...
At one time, the most impressive feature of nearly every coveted timepiece was the decorative art it showcased. During the 17th and 18th centuries, in the period of Geneva’s “Fabrique” watchmaking...
Tsavorites arranged in the form of creepers, blue sapphires shaped like leaves, and pink sapphires representing flowers adorn the 18-karat-white-gold case and band of the $215,000 Charles Oudin Paris...
Steven Grotell knows the value of keeping a low profile. In the two decades since the architect-turned-watch-designer began working in the business, he has learned the extent to which his clients,...

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