Automatic

Louis Vuitton Channels America’s Cup Speed Sailing

The modern, high-speed, catamaran-driven version of the America’s Cup has imposed many changes on the complex rules of sailboat racing, but it has not reduced the vital importance of winning the start. The Louis Vuitton Tambour America’s Cup automatic regatta ($11,600), while it may not actually put you on a boat in the race, will […]

Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Goes Black

Just for the American market, Girard-Perregaux is releasing a limited-edition all-black version of its popular ww.tc world timer. Suggestively dubbed the Dark Night ($25,900), the new edition of 25 pieces, sports a black ceramic 43 mm case that will offer more durability than previous versions. The automatic GP03387 manufacture movement combines a 24-zone world time […]

FrontRunners: Just Add Water

A propensity to corrode usually is not a selling point for a watch, but it is a compelling feature of the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo 47MM (www.panerai.com). The dive watch, which has a depth rating of about 984 feet and a price of $10,700, features a bronze case that acquires a […]

IWC Returns to Portofino

IWC has updated its Portofino line with a hint of retro flair inspired by the dolce-vita days of the collection’s namesake village on the Italian Riviera. This year, IWC introduced four new models, starting with the understated Portofino Automatic ($4,200 to $10,800), now in a 40 mm case with a sleeker appearance. The Portofino Chronograph […]

Watches: Added Subtraction

To enhance a timepiece’s beauty, the designers at Piaget not so simply reduce its size. “Our business is to create thin and very elegant men’s watches,” says company CEO Philippe Léopold-Metzger. “The technical part of watchmaking allows the watch to be beautiful. But technique is not, in itself, the purpose.” If a slender profile is […]

Audemars Piguet Slims Down

Despite its ongoing predilection for big, beefy Royal Oaks, Audemars Piguet’s legacy in ultrathin watches dates back to 1967, when the brand introduced its automatic Calibre 2120, one of the world’s thinnest automatics measuring a mere 2.45 mm thick. Now that thin is decidedly in again, Audemars is drawing on that heritage with two new […]