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    The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James (www.audemarspiguet.com) carries the NBA star’s design thumbprint as well as his name. While the designers and watchmakers at Audemars Piguet are used to creating special editions for the company’s many celebrity ambassadors, a few were caught off guard by the detailed directions that James gave them. He specified a high-contrast combination of pink gold and titanium and a gray alligator strap for the $51,500 timepiece. The diamond-set start/stop pusher adds a brash touch that runs contrary to the brawny and technical looks of previous editions of the Offshore.

    The new timepiece has a fluid-based linear timekeeping display…
    The new watch has multiple systems to ensure that its movement receives consistent power…
    Computer-aided design is allowing watchmakers to push the boundaries of innovation...
    The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…
    The two back-to-back auctions will offer hundreds of unique designs…
    The new variation sports a dial crafted from a meteorite...
    Photo by Didier Gourdon
    The new watch has a tourbillon hidden by an automaton…
    Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
    Jeweler Cartier innovative work combined Roman, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese elements with...
    The watch’s case is a mere 8.24 mm thick…
    The company’s signature mixture of technical and aesthetic watchmaking is on display in the Bovet...