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12 Epic and Unique Watches Heading to Auction at Only Watch 2017

Forty-seven watches and two spectacular clocks make up the year’s docket for the Only Watch charity auction, ranging from unique dial variations of existing pieces to completely unique creations produced specifically for the event. Founded in 2005 to support the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies­—a charity funding research in muscular dystrophy—the Only Watch auction brings […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style |Men’s Watches |Technical Innovation: Urwerk EMC

It takes a great deal of confidence to defy watchmaking’s current dogma, which demands that only purely mechanical timepieces be taken seriously from a horological standpoint. Avant-garde watchmaker Urwerk’s EMC watch ($125,000), however, manages to subvert such edicts by employing electronic components to improve the performance of its mechanics and, in doing so, remind the […]

Watches: Electric Avenue

“Electronics almost killed the Swiss watch industry,” says Urwerk’s cofounder and lead watchmaker, Felix Baumgartner. “Everyone remembers those sad days, which is why electronics remains a taboo in fine watchmaking.” This pervasive resentment, however, ultimately did not deter Baumgartner or the rest of his team from integrating electronics (albeit in the most horologically pure manner […]

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