Exotic Complication

FrontRunners: Palace Coup

Jean Dunand’s latest GMT tourbillon chronograph, the expansive $460,000 Jean Dunand Palace (www.jeandunand.com), is a mechanical tour de force with a design that abounds with references to Paris during the industrial age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The case design, for example, evokes the footing of the Eiffel Tower. The look of […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Flight Time

Maximilian Büsser & Friends’ Horological Machine No4 Thunderbolt (HM4) is unusual but not unexpected: Outlandish designs are precisely what propelled Büsser’s 5-year-old brand (www.mbandf.com) to prominence in the first place. The company’s 43-year-old Swiss founder, who draws inspiration for his timepieces from childhood memories, based the shape of the HM4 on the twin jet engines […]

Watches: The Super Car to Watch

Time can be a nemesis, even occasionally for those who spend their professional lives mastering it. Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier, for instance, recently discovered that time was not on its side when Bugatti Automobiles asked the company to create a special watch to commemorate the unveiling of its latest offering, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport […]

Watches: Time Change

‘‘This is really the first time we have used the movement as an important part of the design of the watch,” says Chopard copresident Karl-Friedrich Scheufele of Engine One, one of four new timepieces in the company’s men’s collection L.U.C. The most unusual watch Chopard has ever built, Engine One—which incorporates a tourbillon movement shaped […]

Admiral’s Cup Tides 48

Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 features phases of the moon, tide levels and timing, and tide height, current strength, and water height by factors of 25. Inside Information: The Admiral’s Cup name is sanctioned by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London, and the watch has been produced by Corum since 1983.