Musical Watch (Repeaters, Alarms and Sonneries)

The Swiss Music-Box Watch Goes Modern

Watches are not the only finely wrought object to possess a history of 18th-century geniuses and 19th-century technical development and industrialization in Switzerland. The same can also be said for a less celebrated, but equally iconic Swiss product: the music box. The histories of the two products are actually closely intertwined, and now, thanks to […]

Historical Thread

Unlike many re-creations of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s past work, Breguet’s highly popular Queen of Naples model should more properly be considered an interpretation of the original. The actual timepiece delivered to Napoléon’s sister, Caroline Murat, was lost later in the 19th century, and the company had to reconceive it from its archives, which are highly detailed […]

Ulysse Nardin’s New Minute Repeater Captures the Spirit of Venice

Collectors will remember the city of Venice as the inspiration for the Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin’s famous San Marco minute repeater. This year, the company’s newest limited-edition minute repeater illustrates the city’s world-famous carnival with two automata, in the form of masked figures standing in front of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. Depicted […]

BASELWORLD 2013: Best of Show

Every spring, most of the major Swiss watch brands unveil their new product innovations for the year at BASELWORLD. After several days of reviewing new models from the top brands, Robb Report’s watch editor James Malcolmson reveals his impressions in a series of articles on RobbReport.com. Design on Display: Bulgari’s Balanced and Daring Collection In […]

FrontRunners: Jaquet Droz

While showcasing a new complication, the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater (www.jaquet-droz.com) also pays homage to the work for which the boutique Swiss watchmaker’s founder initially gained renown. The face of the $472,500 watch displays mechanical birds that move when the wearer activates the chiming repeater feature. The birds serve as nods to the creations of […]

FrontRunners: Buzz Kill

The redesigned Ulysse Nardin Sonata Streamline travel watch (www.ulysse-nardin.ch) does more than just tell the times of day in your destination and in the location from which you departed. In addition to a dual time display, the $39,000 timepiece provides a gentle reminder that it is time to get up from a nap or get […]

Best of the Best 2012: Women’s Watches: Complications: Patek Philippe Ladies First Minute Repeater

Unlike so many of Patek Philippe’s men’s watches, the brand’s latest series of women’s complicated timepieces will spend more time on their owners’ wrists than in their safes—or at least they should. Credit for making the Ladies First Minute Repeater (price available upon request) so wearable goes to designer and Patek Philippe creative director Sandrine […]

Best of the Best 2012: Men’s Watches: Finishing: Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater

Over the last few years, Giulio Papi has transformed the exclusive complicated versions of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary models into showcases for his personal passion: movement finishing. The latest Millenary Minute Repeater ($470,200) incorporates such attention-grabbing elements as a distinct escapement and a strike mechanism, both visible through the upper crystal. Papi’s use of varying textures, […]

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