Watches

For watch fetishists whose tastes run toward the bizarre, Harry Winston’s annual Opus projects never fail to arouse. For each of the past five years, the company has enlisted an avant-garde...
“Hublot,” Jean-Claude Biver declares with all of the vehemence that he can muster, “is like a sick man on his deathbed!” Then Biver, the new CEO of Hublot and an executive who has demonstrated an...
Watches have become so large these days that Cartier (800.227.8437, www.cartier .com ) decided its most massive model, the 38 mm Pasha de Cartier, was looking underfed. While creating its new Pasha...
The cases of Carl F. Bucherer’s watches are noteworthy for more than just their eye-catching design; they are media for flaunting the company’s jewelry and watchmaking skills. As its name suggests,...
The hardworking, technically obsessed Swiss-German watchmakers rarely steal the spotlight from their decadent Swiss-French rivals, but the relaunch of the Ingenieur watch from IWC (800.432. 9330, www...
It is not easy to impress connoisseurs of complicated watches, but De Bethune has accomplished this feat in only a few years. The marque’s uncompromising quality standards and modern design...
Delaneau Tourbillons Producing a complicated mechanical watch for women requires a bit of audacity, and Cristina Thévenaz, creative director for DeLaneau, has plenty. DeLaneau’s Tourbillons ($150,000...
By the time Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its Gyrotourbillon ($310,000) last spring, at least three other makers already had developed multiaxis tourbillons, the captivating, revolving interpretation of...
Patek Philippe’s original 5036 annual calendar was significant when introduced nine years ago, because it was a relatively simple complication that emulated the appearance of the far more complicated...
Automotive racing–themed chronographs certainly are not a rarity, but none captures the essence of the sport as well as Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya ($19,500 to $64,900),...
A 250th anniversary is certainly an occasion worthy of a fuss, and Vacheron Constantin is marking the milestone with no shortage of festivities. As one might expect from the world’s oldest watch...
More than a few eyebrows rose five years ago when Corum introduced a lineup of boldly styled and relatively inexpensive timepieces led by the $2,500 Bubble watch. The watches’ designs and prices...
For those who believe that a minute repeater is too subtle a complication for a timepiece, Swiss watchmaker de Grisogono (866.334.7476, www.degrisogono.com ) has created one that performs for the...
Cristina Thévenaz knows what she wants and how to get it. The stylish, blond, 39-year-old mother of four is an outspoken force in the male-dominated bastion that is the Swiss watch industry. Since...
It is no secret that today’s prestige watchmaking business is a far cry from the charming cottage industry of yesteryear. After a decade of multimillion-dollar acquisitions and consolidation, luxury...
Producing a grand complication watch is a technical achievement for any watchmaker, but building one with a fully integrated movement deserves even higher praise. After six years of development,...
What does a woman want? Everything—quality, practicality, eye-catching design, even a little glitz—and preferably all at once. Women’s collections previously fell into two camps: simple, everyday...
Ever since 1884, when the world accepted a system of 24 official time zones, travelers have battled the clock with increasing consternation. In today’s jet age, the struggle to keep track of time...
The skeleton watch is a prime example of how fine Swiss mechanical watchmaking is driven more by an appreciation for art and craftsmanship than a practical need to tell the time. These timepieces...
The last thing you want to learn after spending $30,000 for a timepiece is that corners were cut in its creation. De Bethune, a newly established company, believes its no-compromise approach to...
While the new PanoMatic Chrono ($37,250 in rose gold; $44,500 for the 200-piece platinum version) from Glashütte Original (866.458.7488, www.glashuette-original.com ) maintains the company’s...
One of this year’s most anticipated new watches is not, strictly speaking, new. The sturdy Royal Oak Offshore series by Audemars Piguet, which debuted in 1993, has experienced a resurgence in...
The adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure holds true even in the upper echelons of Swiss watchmaking. Once considered virtually worthless, vintage mechanical movements are playing...
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony series of watches will pay homage to history while exploring new ways of telling time. Part of the series will be dedicated to eight of the great explorers of the...
The movement of the new Lange Double Split from A. Lange & Söhne (310.317.9852, www.lange-uhren.com ) is so stunning that it is tempting to wear the watch with the transparent caseback facing up...
Pushing small buttons is difficult when you are wearing gloves—a fact that has prevented Swiss engineers from dressing up dive watches with extraneous complications. Finally, however, someone has...
Although the vast majority of diving watches will never see the bottom of a Jacuzzi, a few are built for strenuous duty. Hublot’s new Subaquaneus ($4,600) is rated for an astonishing depth of 2,000...
A number of watch companies are channeling Jacques Cousteau this year, including Blancpain (877.520.1735, www.blancpain.com ), which has introduced a 50th-anniversary limited edition of its...
If two wrists cannot satisfy your urge to flaunt complicated mechanical accessories, you can now enlist your waistline. The Calibre 8 collection from Geneva’s the House of Eight applies fine...
Is 100 years of experience really required to produce an exceptional watch? Jérôme De Witt does not think so. In only four years, he and his fledgling company, De Witt, have made significant progress...

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