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.
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.
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.
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
Only a hardened watch industry insider or collector recognizes the names Svend Andersen, Thomas Baumgartner, or Bernhard Lederer.
Maurice Lacroix’s flagship Masterpiece Collection strives to marry traditional craftsmanship with modern styling and function.
Cristina Thévenaz is not your typical watch executive.
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 partner to produce his groundbreaking watch concep
The Sonnerie Souveraine is one of François-Paul Journe’s most remarkable accomplishments in watchmaking.
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.
This month, we travel back in time for a look at . . .
With histories that are measured in centuries, venerable brands Patek Philippe and Girard-Perregaux can easily justify having their own museums. But Officine Panerai?
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 been used to express some aspect of his persona
When Matt Chambers, owner and president of Confederate Motorcycles in Abita Springs, La., unveiled the new Hellcat G2 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota last August, he surprised hims
You may not attract many stares wearing Blancpain’s subtle 1735 grand complication—except among fellow aficionados who realize, with more than a little bit of envy, that you have acquired one of t
Audemars Piguet (888.214.6858, www.audemarspiguet.com) has high hopes that its new Promesse women’s watch collection will help raise mor
Charles Lewis Tiffany had an eye for watches.
Pierre Kunz defies the notion that high-end mechanical watchmaking is strictly a handicraft refined over generations by established brands.
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 call for a pickup, the watch is not a high-tech f
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 expertly handcrafted mechanics of a Patek Philip
When Audemars Piguet introduced its groundbreaking Royal Oak in 1972, the company assumed a split personality that has lasted for 30 years.
When Patek Philippe unveiled its supercomplicated Sky Moon Tourbillon wristwatch at last year’s World Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland, an American collector read about the introduct
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 chosen Hochfield Jewelers (970.925.5363) as the s
During my annual pilgrimage to the Grimoldi store in Milan’s Piazza Duomo last fall, I noticed that its proprietors, brothers Roberto and Cesare Grimoldi, were wearing something, well, different.
Parmigiani Fleurier has marked a watchmaking milestone with Forma, the first timepiece from the exclusive boutique brand that is powered with an in-house movement, the new automatic Calibre 331.
A complicated watch movement—its intricate mechanisms engaged in the rhythmic tracking of time—is beautiful to behold.
In the Swiss town of Lugano, near the border of Italy, is Lugano’s Watch Center (+41.91. 922.64.83), a watch collector’s paradise.
Cartier (800.CARTIER, www.cartier.com) recently unveiled its first entirely new watch concept since the introduction of the wildly successful