The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2014 Special Edition (+49.911.9965.0, www.graf-von-faber-castell.com) is the 11th entry in the German pen maker’s annual collection of writing instruments, each of which is distinguished by a unique material incorporated into its barrel.
As the owner of a major complicated-watchmaking facility, Bulgari, like many other Swiss watchmakers, might have been tempted to release a scaled-down men’s watch as a rote entry into the developing women’s-complication market (a common industry practice).
Proving there is much more to creating a stunning jewelry watch than sheer number of carats, Piaget relies not merely on diamonds but on finely wrought gold and geometric gemstone dials to make its highly limited statement pieces visually compelling.
While the artistic placement of essential components has been a long-standing specialty of certain watchmakers, rarely has this practice been applied to such striking effect as in the Time Pyramid ($40,350) by the newly reinvigorated watch brand Arnold & Son.
In its never-ending effort to preserve the spirit and design sensibility of its founder while pushing its watchmaking capabilities to the technological forefront, Breguet has conceived a remarkable timepiece, the new Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 ($149,500 for the rose gold version).