Watches

In late-19th-century paris, feathers were all the fashion. Artisans specializing in feather-related crafts flourished, furnishing affluent tastemakers with a variety of plume-bedecked articles...
While many collectors have been impressed by the innovative cases and dials from Louis Moinet , most associate the boutique watchmaker with the use of very fine but largely supplied movements...
If you like to use your chronographs to perform the function of a stopwatch, it is only natural that you might be interested in a timepiece that has its roots in stopwatches. The Swiss-German firm of...
At Michael Ashton ’s namesake gallery in Manhattan ( www.michaelashtonwatches.com ), the watches and jewelry on display represent only a fraction of what the boutique’s proprietor can provide...
When Roland Murphy committed himself to building an American-made watch movement at the turn of the new millennium, the Maryland-born entrepreneur understood it would be a challenging endeavor. His...
In the last few years, the contemporary dress watch has evolved far beyond the classic shapes of the mid-20th century, incorporating modern diameters and slim profiles. Because of its distinguished...
The multitude of world-time watches released over the last few months exhibit varying degrees of beauty and functionality, but one watch in particular seems to have been amply blessed with both. As...
Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has dramatically increased its influence in the watchmaking world over the past several years by introducing a series of decorative-arts timepieces. Its...
Like so many other great women’s timepieces, Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Lady Spin Time Joaillerie ($71,500) features a complicated mechanical display that first appeared on the men’s version of the...
While usually considered a traditional men’s brand, Girard-Perregaux repeatedly has proven adept at adding contemporary elements to its classical shapes to make them more appealing to women. Its...
Unlike so many of Patek Philippe’s men’s watches, the brand’s latest series of women’s complicated timepieces will spend more time on their owners’ wrists than in their safes—or at least they should...
In all likelihood, the wearer will never set or even try to read the time on her Cartier Tutti Frutti Secret Watch (price available upon request), part of the brand’s 16-piece Mille et Une Heures...
A grand complication watch’s ability to fire the imagination is far more important to the wearer than any of its individual functions, which is why so many enthusiasts find Dominique Loiseau’s 1f4...
"Listen to it while it’s on your wrist," says Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver of the company’s King Power Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon. Though obviously meant to be worn, acoustic watches...
At first glance, the unusual function of Le Temps Suspendu ($19,400 for the steel version shown), which is capable of stopping time on command, might seem less than practical. Such a concern, however...
The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists, virtually guarantees a timepiece of superlative aesthetic quality; the underlying concept of the...
Over the last few years, Giulio Papi has transformed the exclusive complicated versions of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary models into showcases for his personal passion: movement finishing. The latest...
Just in time for its 125th anniversary, Swiss chronograph specialist Eberhard & Co. has returned to the American market with a number of tempting pieces. Chief among these are special editions of...
A new ivory-dialed version of Laurent Ferrier ’s Galet Classic ($160,000) tourbillon represents not just a new color scheme, but an additional opportunity to buy what has become a sought-after model...
Boxing and the life of Muhammad Ali were prominent notes as IWC launched its impressive New York flagship boutique April 26. Accompanying IWC CEO Georges Kern at the launch event were former...
Surprise is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the vintage watch market. Sotheby’s will serve up a generous helping of it in a June 14 sale in New York, which will feature never-before-seen...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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