Britannia ruled the waves thanks to the finely jeweled bearings of the marine chronometer.
In 1999, watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey left Renaud et Papi with the vision of a new wristwatch tourbillon mechanism that would diminish the effects of gravity on accuracy.
Since its launch, Breguet’s open-works La Tradition model has stood as a paean to the original mechanical style of Abraham-Louis Breguet—from its frosted finish to revisited constructions such as
In 2005, Parisian jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels presented its Midsummer Night’s Dream high-jewelry collection depicting impish fairies rendered in sparkling gems.
Cristina Wendt-Thévenaz, CEO of Delaneau in Geneva, brings a feminine perspective to Swiss mechanical watchmaking, an otherwise male-dominated field.
Atop a table in Geneva’s Grand Théâtre and surrounded by dozens of male dancers, Elisabet Ros moved to the measured crescendo of Ravel’s Boléro.
When Hermès decided, at the end of the 1990s, to upgrade its men’s watch offerings, the resources to do so were surprisingly close at hand.
When Colorado businessman (and avid fly fisherman) Kip Dellinger glances at his watch, he sees not only the time, but also a trout leaping from a stream to chase a mayfly.
Long before he established his watch company in 2001, Richard Mille (www.richardmille.com) encountered an astrolabe made by the Paris cloc
At nearly 3,300 feet underground, the air in shaft number 10 at South Africa’s Impala mine is warm, humid, and acrid.
The MV 75 World Champion is the first in a series of MV Agusta–themed timepieces from Swiss watchmaker JeanRichard (www.jeanri
Max Büsser was hesitant to launch a watch brand, because he lacked a certain prerequisite.
Swiss watches served as a kind of appetizer during Pascal Raffy’s childhood in Lebanon.
"Is there anything more inspiring to man than the sky?" asks Louis de Meckenheim, who manages the development of Van Cleef & Arpels’ (212.644.9500, www.vancl
The master compressor Extreme Lab is not only a ground-breaker; it is a scene-stealer.
"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.
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
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.
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.