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FrontRunners: Second Gear
If watchmaking maestro Vincent Calabrese were canonized, he would become the patron saint of gearheads. The artful arrangement of the gear wheels in...
FrontRunners: Fast Times
Watchmaker Bernard Richards cannot be accused of procrastinating. He initially unveiled his BRM TR1 , TR2 , and TR3 timepieces ( www.brm-manufacture...
Watches: Elegant Endeavor
Bob Siragusa hesitated for several days before contacting well-known jewelry designer Michael Beaudry, who at the time was preparing to launch a new...
2009 Reader's Choice: Collective Wisdom
Nick Stellino, a Los Angeles–based television chef, author, and marketing consultant, speaks with obvious relish about the "structure and flow" of...
Grand Openings: Mod Couple
Well before the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus opened, engaged socialites were vying to be the first couple to marry on the hotel’s...
FrontRunners: In the Zones
Vogard, a small-scale Swiss watch manufacturer, specializes in custom travel watches built for the demands of, say, Bostonians who recoil from...
Time: Objets in Motion
Throughout his life, Swiss engineer Jean-Léon Reutter was fascinated by the idea of a clock that could keep time for centuries without a winding...
2009 Luxury Preview: High-Seas Horology
Two years ago Corum updated its 48-year-old Admiral’s Cup collection, which is dedicated to sailing. This year, the brand further invigorated the...
FrontRunners: Let It Roll
The Daniel Roth il Giocatore Veneziano ( www.danielroth.com ) invites you to roll the dice on a $452,100 timepiece equipped with two of watchmaking’s...
Watches: Fashionably On Time
Fashion powerhouse Chanel, in an attempt to elevate its standing among watch collectors, approached Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet in...
2009 Luxury Preview: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Carbon Concept
Superstrong and ultralight, carbon fiber has long been the preferred material for high-performance applications that demand sturdiness. Formula 1...
2009 Luxury Preview: Racing Form
Around 1880, Constant Girard—founder of Girard-Perregaux—unveiled a pocket watch that could measure fractions of a second. The function was named...
Robb Design Portfolio: Top Drawer
It appears that the Hong Kong collector who paid some $564,000 at last year’s Only Watch auction in Monaco for an empty box—a stand-in for a...
FrontRunners: Shock Absorber
As a publicity stunt, early-20th-century watchmaker Paul Wyler once demonstrated the durability of his timepieces by tossing one of them off the...
Watches: Masters of Time
While browsing through an antiques shop five years ago with well-known complication specialist Christophe Claret, watch-industry veteran Steven...
FrontRunners: Big Swinger
Zenith’s Zero-G Tourbillon ( www.zenith-watches.com ) is a fantastically complex mechanical construction, but whether it is an actual tourbillon is...
Watches: Maritime Marriage
Within minutes of meeting at the Cannes International Boat Show in September 2006, executives from Swiss watch manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier and...
Swiss watchmaker Corum, the official timepiece supplier for the World Series of Poker (WSOP), is offering players the opportunity to custom order...
Britannia ruled the waves thanks to the finely jeweled bearings of the marine chronometer. This groundbreaking instrument, which London clockmaker...
Excellence Revisited: Fly Boys
When brothers and professional aviators Nick and Giles English launched a collection of watches in memory of their RAF pilot father, Euan, in 2007,...
Excellence Revisited: Motor Trend
While refurbishing stopwatches and dashboard rally timers in vintage sports cars, Manchester-trained watchmaker Ian Walsh, founder of IWI (Ian Walsh...
Excellence Revisited: Crown Jewels
An eminent London diamond merchant since 1789, Backes & Strauss approaches the wristwatch as a piece of fine jewelry. Produced in collaboration...
FrontRunners: Cage Dancer
Similar to other timepieces of its genre, the new Girard-Perregaux Bi-Axial Tourbillon ( www.girard-perregaux?.com ) offers balance and escapement...
Best of the Best 2008: Women's Watches
Cristina Wendt-Thévenaz, CEO of Delaneau in Geneva, brings a feminine perspective to Swiss mechanical watchmaking, an otherwise male-dominated field...
Best of the Best 2008: Men's Watches: Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 1
In 1999, watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey left Renaud et Papi with the vision of a new wristwatch tourbillon mechanism that would...
Best of the Best 2008: Men's Watches
Since its launch, Breguet’s open-works La Tradition model has stood as a paean to the original mechanical style of Abraham-Louis Breguet—from its...
Best of the Best 2008: Women's Watches: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Féerie
In 2005, Parisian jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels presented its Midsummer Night’s Dream high-jewelry collection depicting impish fairies...
Watches: Performance Art
Atop a table in Geneva’s Grand Théâtre and surrounded by dozens of male dancers, Elisabet Ros moved to the measured crescendo of Ravel’s Boléro. The...
Time: White Hot
At nearly 3,300 feet underground, the air in shaft number 10 at South Africa’s Impala mine is warm, humid, and acrid. The smell is a mix of rotting...
Robb Design Portfolio: Solar System
Long before he established his watch company in 2001, Richard Mille ( www.richardmille.com ) encountered an astrolabe made by the Paris clock-making...
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