Watches

To most people, complication implies a difficulty. In the world of mechanical watchmaking, however, the word connotes something far richer: A timepiece complication is any function that does more...
CEO, TAG Heuer, and President, LVMH Group’s Watches Division To Jean-Claude Biver’s well-documented list of talents, which includes his deft skills as a marketer and evangelical front man, one must...
Greubel Forsey and Philippe Dufour are reviving manual watchmaking techniques. Dubbed Le Garde Temps—Naissance d’Une Montre (The Guardian of Time—Birth of a Watch), Greubel Forsey’s latest...
Like its predecessors in the Endeavour collection from H. Moser & Cie., the H. Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept ( h-moser.com ) is a provocative study in minimalist design. No indices...
BRM Chronographes will make 25 of this watch celebrating Le Mans and 24 Hours at Daytona winners...
“You can never be too rich or too thin.” Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, wasn’t referring to fine watchmaking when she uttered her famous quote, but she may as well have been. Ever since the...
The story of how a crafty thief stole Breguet’s Marie Antoinette pocket watch—and got away scot-free…
Baselworld, the weeklong luxury-watch fair that concluded March 24 in Basel, Switzerland, saw a dip in attendance this year. But what the show lacked in crowds it made up for with a modest but...
Audemars Piguet’s past resonates in its current generation of minute repeaters. In 2006, eight master watchmakers and engineers at Audemars Piguet sat around a table in their Vallée de Joux...
Connoisseurs of both timepieces and timeless cars should find parking space on their coffee tables for Drive Time: Watches Inspired by Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Racing from Rizzoli. The...
Given the level of recognition that Carole Forestier-Kasapi—Cartier’s head of movement creation—has achieved with her flying tourbillons and watches that mimic the brand’s famous see-through mystery...
Taking a cue from modern alpinism, the new Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100 summits challenges with high-tech materials and precise action. Designed for peak...
Sure to be a sold-out hit, Zenith’s Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute to The Rolling Stones watch commemorates a band who certainly has time on its side. Released to coincide with the iconic rock...
A mecca for Swiss timepieces—not to mention the collectors who love them—the Baselworld fair opens today in Basel, Switzerland, and runs through March 24. The annual event, which dates to 1917, draws...
Exuding an elegant air of antiquity, the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph pays haute homage to its namesake, who cofounded the Swiss manufacture in 1875. Framed in an ethereally...
In the luxury-watch business, independence is a tricky thing to define. Does it refer to freedom from corporate rule? Or to a lack of reliance on outside suppliers? Most Swiss watch connoisseurs...
For the adventurous, it is imperative to have the correct tools at one’s disposal. Whether flying the skies, diving under the waves, or rocketing around the track, the right purpose-built watch can...
Celebrating the symmetry and precision of the universe, the new Arnold & Son Nebula timepiece has been engineered for equipoise. Named for the birthplace of stars, the manufacture’s mechanical...
Since its introduction in 1931, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has stood as an icon of modern watchmaking. Over time, however, the range of watches in the line grew a tad unruly. “Two years ago, we saw...
Swiss watchmaking gets all the attention, but anyone with cursory knowledge of watchmaking history knows that the English once ruled the horological roost. The British were at the cutting edge of...
Happy February 29. Glued to the Gregorian calendar as we are, today is that extra date that falls every four years to make up for the fact that the earth’s orbit of the sun does not perfectly match...
In the late 1990s , Karl-Friedrich Scheufele , co-president of the Chopard Group, came across a timepiece at auction from the 18th-century master chronometer maker Ferdinand Berthoud . “I managed to...
The Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio ($143,000, panerai.com ) features both a tourbillon and a movement-revealing dial—an unconventional design for Panerai—but still adheres...
While the MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual ( mbandf.com ) is perhaps the most traditional-looking timepiece to come out of the avant-garde Swiss watchmaking consortium Maximilian Büsser &...
In the 1960s and 1970s, the golden age of the chronograph , the complication was found on only the most exceptional timepieces. Today, chronographs are ubiquitous—and rightly so. Aside from the date...
The developers at the major watch companies walk a fine line as they weigh their own visions and horological ambitions against commercial expediency. Even in the collector’s market, disciplined...
Distinctive duality is on display with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso One collection —a feminine homage to one of the manufacture’s horologic innovations from 85 years ago. The Swiss watchmaker’s...
The Breguet Museum and its President and CEO, Marc A. Hayek, have acquired an exceptional dashboard chronograph created for Bugatti at an auction that took place on Saturday 6th of February, 2016, in...
In early December, the Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet welcomed clients, press, and celebrity friends of the brand to a “winter wonderland” at its new boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills —...
A haven for horologic investments, Buben & Zörweg’s X-007 Extreme is a watch-winding vault built for Bond. The Germany-based safe manufacturer pairs its hallmark artistic aesthetic and innovative...

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