Watches

The term “American-made” holds little allure for those who have learned to regard Switzerland as the sole source of fine mechanical watches. Yet the quality and design of American timepieces once...
Throughout his 25 years in the watch industry, Gérald Roden has been a huge fan of legendary watch designer Gérald Genta. Today, as president of the brand bearing Genta’s name, Roden is intent on...
By naming the watch after the Prussian medal for outstanding artistic and scientific accomplishments, A. Lange & Sohne (310.980.5264, www.lange-uhren.com ) established lofty expectations in 1994...
A. Lange & Söhne’s new Lange 1 Time Zone is an impressive watch. Its simple masculine case houses an original mechanism that practically and efficiently executes its world time function,...
Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak Offshore model, the Alinghi Polaris chronograph, is a compelling piece because, like many of Audemars’ recent releases, it contains a unique feature: a regatta...
Nicolas Hayek did something that every serious watch collector only fantasizes about: He ordered the reproduction of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s most coveted creation, the so-called Marie-Antoinette...
Consider for a moment how difficult it is to acquire any object of undisputed quality, tradition, and style in a time when almost everything is a product of badge engineering. If what you seek is...
Tank: Louis Cartier designed the Tank watch as a tribute to the American tank commanders who supported his native France during World War I. The first timepiece was presented to American Gen. John...
The celestial display on Vacheron Constantin’s Tour D’Ile wristwatch is a particularly personal touch added by its creator, Bernhard Guillaume-Gentil, the company’s most experienced watchmaker...
Bentley’s Mulliner workshop, located within the carmaker’s headquarters in the town of Crewe in the northwest of England, regularly fills requests for custom interior leathers and woodwork and a...
Sitting in his small, orderly workshop on Britain’s Isle of Man, independent watchmaker Roger Smith contemplates vastly increasing his annual production—to about 30 pieces—over the course of the next...
Despite Swiss watch design’s dizzying rate of evolution in recent years, much of mechanical watch technology has remained stagnant. Even the dazzling new complications that represent radical...
Rebellion is afoot in Switzerland. Rather than further venerating or even reinterpreting the well-worn motifs of the 18th century, modernist Swiss watch designers are creating their own icons using...
Premium watch companies often resist advice, much less design input, from outside sources. But when Wempe recently suggested that the top-tier watch brands carried by the German watch and jewelry...
The Indicator chronograph from Porsche Design (800.521.5152, www.porsche-design.com ) underscores the extreme measures that watchmakers will take to incorporate a digital display into a purely...
The recent spate of high-tech-looking complicated watches would have seemed incomplete without a contribution from Jorg Hysek, watchmaking’s foremost evangelist of modernist design. Hysek, who works...
Upon releasing its J12 tourbillon this year, Chanel unwittingly (and perhaps unfairly) became the industry poster child for the commodification of the tourbillon. Some horological connoisseurs shook...
“This watch,” asserts Zenith president Thierry Nataf, “shows our quality and capability to the world.” It is a familiar refrain for a Swiss watch company executive, but in the case of the Grande...
Watchmaker F.P. Journe expects his forthcoming grande sonnerie timepiece to be so coveted that he will engrave both the case and the movement with its owner’s name. In doing so, Journe intends to...
They say it’s a man’s world, but lately one wonders. After breaking through corporate glass ceilings, a small but determined contingent of women have seized upon the objects of our connoisseurship,...
The long list of luxuries that are absent in Fidel Castro’s Cuba naturally includes fine mechanical timepieces. But before the 1959 revolution, Havana jeweler Cuervo y Sobrinos (Cuervo and Nephews)...
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...
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),...
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...

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