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Horological Machine: No.7 – Aquapod

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Through his creations,Maximilian Büsser (of Maximilian Büsser & Friends, or MB&F) has explored robots, outer space, spiders and the automotive world. It’s only natural that he would turn his gaze to the intriguing depths of the ocean.What’s perhaps not as natural is how difficult this […]

Brand Profile: H Moser & Cie

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. H Moser & Cie has never been shy about making a statement – for example, confronting the smartwatch with a mechanical “anti-Apple Watch.” This year, in an elegant protest against the newly loosened regulations of the “Swiss made” label, the company has removed the term […]

Roberta Naas on Chiming Time

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. The big trend to emerge from the exclusive Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Geneva’s annual watch exhibition, is chiming watches. Featuring several hundred moving parts, these timepieces are true works of art. Recently, we attended the 27th annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. […]

Watches: A High-Tech Royal Oak

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. At this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Audemars Piguet released a watch that had everyone buzzing: a black-ceramic Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. Converting Gérald Genta’s iconic design to ceramic was not an easy task. It took more than 600 hours of research alone to […]

An Extraordinary Collaboration: The Macallan and URWERK

It’s not often a Scotch whisky maker embarks on a collaborative project with a luxury watchmaker, but this is exactly the journey The Macallan has set out on by partnering up with Swiss watchmaker URWERK. This latest collaboration taken on by the whisky specialists has resulted in the creation of The Macallan x URWERK Flask, which has been visualized and […]

The Macallan x URWERK

Interview: Thierry Stern on His Family Legacy

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Patek Philippe has been crafting timepieces to the most exacting standards of excellence since 1839. Roberta Naas talks to Thierry Stern, the fourth generation of the family to run the business. Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe, has a tall order to fill. As head of one of […]

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 […]

Interview: 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 […]

Backes & Strauss

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 […]

Roger Dubuis

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



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