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Jewelry Watches

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Today’s female collectors are much more discerning when purchasing timepieces. It’s not enough to shrink aman’s watch and cover it in diamonds, or to have a feminine pattern on the dial. Collectors are looking for complications, mechanical movements and, of course, pure artistry and impeccable execution. And […]

Jewelry Watches

Brand Profile: Manufacture Royale

By Kristen Shirley This article originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Watch companies are proud of their heritage and longevity. While Manufacture Royale’s modern era is quite new, its pedigree is special. The famous philosopher Voltaire founded Manufacture Royale in 1770, to create watches that reflected his values. It closed when he died, and reopened in 2010. […]

Manufacture Royale

Chanel’s First Watch for Men: Monsieur de Chanel

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Elite Traveler. When Chanel does something, you can be assured it will be big and bold. Its first man’s watch does not disappoint; it has Chanel’s first in-house movement, called Calibre 1, which is also the first integrated movement with double complication for the house. The elegant […]

Wempe Unveils $8m Renovation

By Kristen Shirley Wempe, one of New York’s leading timepiece boutiques recently unveiled an eight-million-dollar and two-year renovation. Located in the Peninsula building, the new boutique is more than twice as large, with a new, open floor plan to give the customer more access to timepieces, as well as integrated salons for Patek Philippe and Rolex. Former clients will welcome […]

Brand Profile: Maitre Du Temps

By Kristen Shirley This article originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Elite Traveler. While watchmaking has always been a collaborative industry, founder Steven Holtzman takes this to new heights. He brings together groups of master watchmakers to develop new timepieces, allowing them to create pieces they could not have produced alone. This unique atelier has crafted some of […]

Roberta Naas on Skeleton Watches

Paring things back to the bone is by no means the simple option when it comes to creating a skeletonwatch. Roberta Naas explains the meticulous levels of craftsmanship required. Lovers of minimalistic art and fine timepieces will be in their element this year as we witness a renaissance in watchmaking: the art of skeletonization. In watches, where the movement is […]

20 Years of Parmigiani Fleurier

By Kristen Shirley This article originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Elite Traveler. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Parmigiani Fleurier has released a special timepiece that holds a secret and celebrates its heritage. When the company launched in 1996, Parmigiani created only table clocks and unique pieces for collectors. In 1999, the first watch was released, the Kalpa Hebdomadaire, […]

Bulgari: Striving for Super-Slim Elegance

This article first appeared in our September/October 2016 issue. The ultra-thin watchmaking market is highly competitive; records are set by shaving off hundredths of a millimeter. And Bulgari excites the watch world with its brilliance in this area. Last year, Bulgari set a record for the world’s thinnest tourbillon, and this year shattered the record for the world’s thinnest minute […]

Zenith and Land Rover Form Iconic Partnership

By Zahra Al-Kateb Swiss watch makers Zenith and iconic British car manufacturer Land Rover have come together in a joint venture to launch El Primero Range Rover Special Edition. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the El Primero Range Rover chronograph watch pays tribute to the first luxury SUV with the brushed dial bearing the inscription “Zenith Range Rover”. Featuring a […]

WatchTime New York

By Kristen Shirley This weekend, WatchTime New York hosts its second annual event for luxury watches at Gotham Hall in New York City. The two-day event is full of events for both timepiece enthusiasts and industry experts, and will feature many new watches making their American debut. It is a great occasion to meet executives at the manufacturers and to […]