Watches

One of the most coveted watch models among collectors is the highly complicated tourbillon, which was invented in 1801 by Abraham-Louis Breguet as a means to improve the accuracy of timekeeping...
When executives at the Geneva-based private equity firm Alliance Management hired Yvan Arpa in 2006 to run a watch company that they were relaunching, they understood from the outset that the...
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Patek Philippe salon within the Fifth Avenue Tiffany and Co. flagship store, the two companies partnered to create a limited-edition ladies’ timepiece,...
Looking to escape the everyday doldrums? Piaget’s Limelight Paradise collection has captured the feeling of an exotic voyage at sea, making it as easy to get away as a glance at your wrist. The Polo...
The earliest known examples of cloisonné are six gold rings dating to the 13th century B.C. that were discovered in a Mycenaean tomb in Cyprus in 1952. The technique, which further evolved in the...
With the bang of a gavel at a 2002 Antiquorum sale in Geneva, a Patek Philippe platinum World Time watch sold for $4,026,524—the highest price paid for a vintage (pre-1990) wristwatch at auction. The...
In late 2002, the Swiss watch industry buzzed with rumors that ETA, a division of the Swatch Group and the supplier of movements to a host of companies, would soon restrict deliveries. Swatch...
Richard Mille seldom makes compromises with his designs, so it is not surprising that the basic form of his new RM025 ( www.richardmilleusa.com )—the most technically complex diving watch ever from...
Davide Blei, an Italian business executive who has collected more than 100 rare and important Rolex timepieces from the 1940-1980s, is putting his collection on the auction block March 22 at the...
Standing on the terrace of the Petit Trianon, on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, Nicholas G. Hayek— president and CEO of Breguet—muses on the interplay of business and culture. Breguet has...
If watchmaking maestro Vincent Calabrese were canonized, he would become the patron saint of gearheads. The artful arrangement of the gear wheels in a watch movement—such as his linear Golden Bridge...
Italian watch company Bertolucci has unveiled a new jeweled timepiece for women this spring, decorated in a kaleidoscope of colors inspired by the Mediterranean coast. The Stria Luce is the latest...
Christian Dior turned to its sister company Swiss watchmaker Zenith, both divisions of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, to create a special movement for its second men’s timepiece. Only 15 pieces...
Watchmaker Bernard Richards cannot be accused of procrastinating. He initially unveiled his BRM TR1 , TR2 , and TR3 timepieces ( www.brm-manufacture.com )—oversize tourbillons that feature rugged...
Nick Stellino, a Los Angeles–based television chef, author, and marketing consultant, speaks with obvious relish about the "structure and flow" of timepieces, and compares them to evolving forms of...
Bob Siragusa hesitated for several days before contacting well-known jewelry designer Michael Beaudry, who at the time was preparing to launch a new watchmaking venture. Siragusa, a veteran of the...
Blancpain unveiled its annual limited-edition timepiece inspired by love: the ladies’ Saint Valentin 2009. The series of 99 flyback chronographs is the latest release from the legendary manufacture...
To commemorate Valentine’s Day, watchmaker Jaquet Droz has created a limited-edition timepiece designed to convey the spirit of love. Only eight models will be made of the new Grande Seconde Medium,...
Well before the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus opened, engaged socialites were vying to be the first couple to marry on the hotel’s waterside terrace. The inaugural ceremony, which took...
Vogard, a small-scale Swiss watch manufacturer, specializes in custom travel watches built for the demands of, say, Bostonians who recoil from dialing up a time-zone setting marked "New York." The $...
Bell & Ross watch company specializes in timepieces with complicated movements and large, easy-to-read faces and has designed watches for French civil defense bomb squad, the Belgian Grand Prix,...
In recent years, Greg Norman’s accomplishments as a businessman have nearly overshadowed the feats that made him famous in the first place. This trend reversed last summer, when the 53-year-old...
Montblanc has become a watchmaker worthy of a collector’s attention, thanks to its own initiative and a strategic union with a well-regarded industry brand. The German company, which is best known...
Chris Wardle grew up in suburban Detroit and still spends considerable time there. But his true home, his "place of peace," is Bozeman, Mont., where he owns and operates Bozeman Watch ( www...
At the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, members of a Swiss delegation were shocked by a display of American watchmaking wizardry. At the time, Swiss craftsmen assembled timepieces one by...
THE GIFT Customized Vacheron Constantin men’s wristwatch. Five-night trip to Geneva, Switzerland, for two people. An exclusive tour of Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking facilities, and hands-on...
Aldo Magada, ceo of the 2-year-old Geneva watchmaking firm Badollet, frets over what he sees as his industry’s lack of graciousness. "Unfortunately, the word service doesn’t seem to have been...
Among automotive-themed watches, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 DBS Transponder ( www.jaeger-?lecoultre.com ) is a rarity in that it has a tangible connection to the car for which it is named: The...
The 140-year-old Italian watchmaker Panerai will open its first New York boutique in early December at 545 Madison Avenue. It’s the latest in a series of store openings worldwide that includes...
To celebrate the opening of its first California boutique in Beverly Hills, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled a new timepiece, available exclusively at the new store. Only 15 numbered models of the Big Pilot...

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