Shopping & Lifestyle

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Laurent Ferrier Limited Edition Galet Square

By Kristen Shirley Laurent Ferrier has released a limited-edition Galet Square timepiece that is exclusively available at Swiss FineTiming’s Walton Street location in Chicago. Keeping its namesake square case, Ferrier designed a two-tone red gold sector dial mixing circular and vertical satin-brushed finishes for a subtle effect. At 6 o’clock there is a small seconds subdial. In addition to lugs […]

An Interview with Vartkess Knadjian of Backes & Strauss

By Lauren Jade Hill As both the world’s oldest diamond company and an ambassador of fine craftsmanship, Backes & Strauss is a name that’s synonymous with unadulterated luxury. And while the company set out on its diamond legacy in 1789, it is now celebrated for its opulent watches. It was the brand’s CEO Vartkess Knadjian who was behind this redefining […]

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Material Matters

Roger Dubuis’ SIHH reveals are eagerly anticipated in the watch community, with everyone wondering what tradition he is going to turn on its head. The Excalibur Quatuor CobaltMicroMelt is not entirely new, but the updates are bold and exciting. The big news is the material used in the case, bezel, case back and crown, a cobalt chrome alloy used in […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]