Watches

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 valued...
The Gift A pair of complicated custom wristwatches—one of which will feature a handpainted dial—from Swiss manufacturer Bovet. Starting at $1.15 million In one part of the world, at least, Bovet—the...
"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. By...
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. He will shut the...
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. In the upper realms of...
In 1957, Piaget introduced its ultrathin Caliber 9P, a hand-wound mechanical movement measuring only 2 mm thick. To underscore its accomplishment, the Geneva watchmaker crafted a watch with the...
The future has become au courant in watch designs, says senior editor Laurie Kahle , who writes about HD3 Complication’s Vulcania and F.P. Journe’s Centigraphe Souverain , two of the more than two...
The Centigraphe Souverain has a closer connection to car racing than some automotive-themed watches. For Antiquorum’s 30th anniversary auction in 2004, Geneva watchmaker François-Paul Journe created...
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...
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. Years later, Gonet recalled Verne’s...
The tourbillon mechanism was invented more than 200 years ago to diminish gravity’s effect on a watch’s precision. But instead of diffusing gravity’s force, Harry Winston’s Tourbillon Glissiere,...
Swiss watchmakers are normally very boring," observes Girard-Perregaux chief Gino Macaluso. "But sometimes we just want to have fun." For proof, he can point to the new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945...
Veteran NFL linebacker Donnie Edwards once stayed up all night changing the straps on his 20 or so Panerais. His infatuation with his watches may seem extreme, but it is not unusual among collectors...
Not content with merely selling the wares of German watch manufacturers, the Hamburg-based retailer Wempe ( www.wempe.com ) has joined them. Wempe enlisted the German firm Nomos, located in the...
IWC, The International Watch Co. of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is not to be confused with the Independent Watch Co. of Fredonia, N.Y. The former has been in business since 1868, making high-quality...
The timepieces that Felix Baum­­­­gartner and designer Mar­tin Frei create for their company, Urwerk, are not as bizarre as they seem. Instead of hands, their latest 201 series features a so-called...
Despite his self-assured demeanor, Max Büsser, one of Switzerland’s young watch entrepreneurs, has reason to worry. This became evident last summer, when Büsser was constructing his first Maximilian...
Kari Voutilainen studied for years at the finest watchmaking schools, including Tapiola near Helsinki, Finland, and WOSTEP in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where he later taught. Still, the 44-year-old...
Watch connoisseurs who want to safeguard their collections more effectively might consider borrowing a trick from Mother Nature: camouflage. Boreas and Atlas, two steel safes made by Stockinger ( www...
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. With asymmetrical angles and multipart dials, the new...
When Harry Winston ( www.harrywinston.com ) recently opened its first London store on New Bond Street, it also unveiled the limited-edition Westminster Tourbillon . With the passing of each quarter-...
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. The watch—which...
Ulysse Nardin received an early, though not immediately apparent, head start in the watch industry’s recent technology race. That advantage came in 1998, when longtime collaborator Ludwig Oechslin...
Bulgari may be headquartered in Rome, but its watchmaking ambitions rival those of any Swiss brand. Not satisfied with just producing sleek, modern watches that reflect the company’s design ethic,...
The minimalist Golden Bridge watch line from Corum ( www.corum.ch ) is exploring its extravagant side. In the new Corum Haute Joaillerie series, a transparent crystal case and sides reveal a sleek,...
As Audemars Piguet advances mechanical watchmaking, the Le Brassus manufacture quietly continues to practice its established métier in jewelry watches.
George-Henri Meylan, Audemars Piguet’s mild-mannered CEO, says he never intended to supplant traditional Swiss design when he tasked the watchmakers at complication specialty house Renaud et Papi (in...
Döttling Luxury Safes ( www.doettling-safes.com ), which restores antique safes while adding such features as wet bars, humidors, and gun cabinets, now offers models for watch collectors. Prices...
A custom skeleton Tecnica timepiece from Swiss watchmaker Michel Parmigiani. Three limited-edition Kalpa skeleton watches, two of which mark Parmigiani’s 30th anniversary as an independent watchmaker...
A crowd gathered last summer in Moscow’s Sobornaya Square, within the Kremlin walls, to watch 120 Presidential Guards in full regalia perform a 40-minute display of drills and dressage, accompanied...

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