The Gift A pair of complicated custom wristwatches—one of which will feature a handpainted dial—from Swiss manufacturer Bovet.
In watchmaking history, the mid-17th century is known as the Age of Decoration, a period when artisans transformed early pendant and pocket watches into colorful objets d’art that perhaps were val
"An artist’s job is to predict the future and push the envelope," says Adam Lindemann, a 46-year-old New Yorker who collects contemporary art and runs the recently relaunched Ikepod watch brand.
When he is at home on sunday mornings, Frank Müller, CEO of German watchmaker Glashütte Original, likes to select a pocket watch from his collection and examine the antique movement.
Lightweight and strong, carbon fiber is regarded as the state-of-the art material for building high-tech speed machines including Formula One racecars and America’s Cup yachts.
The Centigraphe Souverain has a closer connection to car racing than some automotive-themed watches.
Watchmaker Emmanuel Breguet, a seventh-generation descendant of Abraham-Louis Breguet and the only family member still involved in the namesake business, dons white cotton gloves as we prepare to
The tourbillon mechanism was invented more than 200 years ago to diminish gravity’s effect on a watch’s precision.
Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea captured the imagination of Fabrice Gonet, who read the novel as a boy at his grandfather’s home in Switzerland.
Veteran NFL linebacker Donnie Edwards once stayed up all night changing the straps on his 20 or so Panerais.
Not content with merely selling the wares of German watch manufacturers, the Hamburg-based retailer Wempe (www.wempe.com) has joined them.
Four years ago, 33-year-old Stefan Ihnen, a movement development engineer at IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, faced the most daunting technical challenge of his career: creating the company’s fir
With each America’s Cup have come a number of sailing-themed timepieces; watchmakers like to associate their efforts with that competition because both feed on leading-edge technologies.
As a relatively young company, albeit one with a storied history, A. Lange & Söhne (800.
Harry Winston Rare Timepieces (800.988.4110, www.harrywinston.com), an 18-year-old company, may lack the heritage and mo
The Van Cleef & Arpels Centenary (800.822.5797, www.vancleef.com), a limited edition of 100 complicated pieces ($39,500)
The timepieces that Felix Baumgartner and designer Martin Frei create for their company, Urwerk, are not as bizarre as they seem.
Watch connoisseurs who want to safeguard their collections more effectively might consider borrowing a trick from Mother Nature: camouflage.
Despite his self-assured demeanor, Max Büsser, one of Switzerland’s young watch entrepreneurs, has reason to worry.
Kari Voutilainen studied for years at the finest watchmaking schools, including Tapiola near Helsinki, Finland, and WOSTEP in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where he later taught.
When Harry Winston (www.harrywinston.com) recently opened its first London store on New Bond Street, it also unveiled the limited-editio
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.
While viewing the early renderings for Jean Dunand’s latest timepiece, Thierry Oulevay, the brand’s president, took note of the futuristic design’s ancient Egyptian undertones.
Ulysse Nardin received an early, though not immediately apparent, head start in the watch industry’s recent technology race.
Bulgari may be headquartered in Rome, but its watchmaking ambitions rival those of any Swiss brand.
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 impromptu, fast-paced conversation.
As Audemars Piguet advances mechanical watchmaking, the Le Brassus manufacture quietly continues to practice its established métier in jewelry watches.