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Watches: Finishing School
Is 100 years of experience really required to produce an exceptional watch? Jérôme De Witt does not think so. In only four years, he and his...
Watches: High Time for Enzo
Shanghai is a city in transition, poised for a major breakthrough as the metropolitan beacon of mainland China, simmering with its potentially...
Best Things First: Watch Winder
The one thing they never tell you when you purchase an ultralong power reserve watch is how infernally long it takes to wind it. Until now, owners of...
Best of the Best: Watch Dealers
Cellini New York’s horological smorgasbord. Instant gratification is not generally associated with buying an exceptional watch. If you are in the...
Best of the Best: Watches
Patek Philippe Reference 5101P 10-Day Tourbillon The spin doctor is in. There is certainly no shortage of superlatives in the highest echelons of...
Feature: Time for Yourself
“Oh, I’ve already got that.” these words fall like a heavy blow when women of high style, bristling with shopping bags, range up to one another to...
FrontRunners: Over the Moon
The Calibre DB-15, the latest offering from De Bethune (305.695.1435, +41.24.454.22.81, www.debethune.ch ), features the company’s first movement...
Watches: Complicated Identity
It has become a popular practice for watch brands to introduce complicated movements as a means of elevating their status—regardless of whether they...
Feature: Extending the Lines
Jochen Benzinger’s atelier in Pforzheim, Germany, a sunlit room filled with intricate antique rose engine machines, is more reminiscent of a museum...
Symposium: Hands of Time
More than a craft, watchmaking is, for some, a compulsion. I learned this during a recent session with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master watchmaker Sylvain...
FrontRunners: Timely Fashion
The French fashion house Hermès (800.441.4488, www.hermes.com ) wants the world to know that it is serious about watchmaking. The company spent more...
Watches: In Flagrante
Sex is something not usually associated with fastidious watchmakers. Nevertheless, sex—in lurid, sometimes shockingly graphic detail—has a place in...
Watches: Turbo Time
While many watch companies cloak themselves with images of automobile racing or aviation, Richard Mille injects this performance ethos into his...
Light Fantastic: Timepieces for the Private Aviator
Military Procurement Not everyone has the same idea of what constitutes standard military-issue equipment. Consider France’s naval air service, which...
FrontRunners: Bell Epoch
Watch aficionados with a taste for the exquisite and the very rare will have their appetites gorged by Audemars Piguet’s Musical Hours exhibition,...
Watches: Disk Jockey
There comes a point in every watch devotee’s life when it is time to try something different. Once you reach the decision to wear an unconventional...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Timeless Mystery
Fraudulent claims notwithstanding, no one has yet succeeded in creating a genuine perpetual-motion machine, and the promise of a limitless,...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Time Exposure
Vacheron Constantin is renowned for its skeleton watches, which feature faces that reveal the timepieces’ delicate, handmade components, and for its...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Best of Britain
Three of Savile Row’s finest custom tailors—Henry Poole & Co., H. Huntsman & Sons, and Richard Anderson—and one of London’s most esteemed...
Time: Time as Spectacle
The beauty—or tragedy, depending on how you view it—of Audemars Piguet’s $2.25 million Springtime Charm watch and earrings suite, currently sitting...
Time: Revolutionary Thinking
When you don a tourbillon, you strap to your wrist what is perhaps the most inefficient, out-of-date—not to mention expensive—complicated watch...
Back Page: Pashas Past and Present
The most remarkable watches are often one-of-a-kind pieces, custom-made for clients of means. This is true of the original Cartier Pasha watch, which...
Time: Saxon Angles
Once you have encountered the hopelessly fastidious Swiss, it is easy to understand why they excel at manipulating tiny metal parts. But these days,...
Private Preview 2004: Watches: Worth Waiting For
Oddly enough, precise production schedules almost never apply to complicated watchmaking. Unanticipated technical challenges can make the work...
Watches: An Auction for All Time
René Beyer, the 40-year-old CEO and president of Chronometrie Beyer, cannot pinpoint the year, but it was sometime during the fall of 2000 or 2001...
Watches: Number Theory
It is tempting to write off Franck Muller’s latest jewelry collection as wretched excess for a certified watch maniac. Who but an overly ardent...
Watches: All Wound Up
There is a certain threshold at which an addict can no longer deny or camouflage his compulsion. For watch collectors, that moment of clarity comes...
Time: One Hand Clapping
A wristwatch cannot be considered truly complicated unless it is also complicated to read. Such, it seems, is the thinking of a select group of Swiss...
FrontRunners: Maison De Temps
The workmen have left, the scaffolding is down, and Audemars Piguet (888.214.6858) has moved into its sleek five-story Manhattan townhouse on 57th...
Watches: Magnum Opus
Harry Winston’s latest limited edition Opus timepiece is as intriguing as a Rorschach test. What it evokes depends on the viewer—perhaps an engine...
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