German Watchmaker

Montblanc Revives a ’30s Classic

Montblanc’s new Vintage Pulsographe ($47,200) is a pang of nostalgia for the 1930s, an era when chronographs were practical instruments. During that period, Minerva, whose Villaret-based manufacture is now run by Montblanc, was a specialist in such instruments, like chronograph scales that assisted physicians in quickly measuring the pulse of a patient. The Vintage Pulsographe […]

Watches: Practically Playful

Unadorned functionality has remained the guiding principle of modern German watch design ever since A. Lange & Söhne helped to revive the tradition in the mid-1990s; yet the industry’s newly reemerged preference for function over form has drawn a certain amount of criticism from observers. Perhaps in response to this perception, the usually staid, Glashütte-based […]

FrontRunners: Block of Time

OriginTimes has the perfect winder for the new Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport watch (“The Super Car to Watch,”)—and 15 other timepieces. The $98,500 Big Block Winder ( is designed around a Bugatti Veyron engine block and accommodates a watch in each of its 16 cylinder cavities. OriginTimes—a luxury brand launched in the spring by MTE […]