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A New Moonphase for Rolex

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. For its first moonphase complication since the 1950s, Rolex introduces its most elegant Cellini watch to date. We love Rolex’s dressier collection, Cellini, that was reintroduced in 2014. The timepieces have graceful 39mm cases with a domed and fluted double bezel. The new 18K Everose gold Cellini […]

Jean-Claude Biver on Steering Swiss Watch Brands with Passion

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. A true visionary in the watch world, a sought-after speaker on global economic and business conference circuits, and the leader of three top Swiss watch brands, Jean-Claude Biver tirelessly pursues—and regularly achieves success,writes Roberta Naas. At 68 years old, Jean-Claude Biver has built an impressive legacy in the […]

Vacheron Constantin’s Atelier Cabinotiers Special Order

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. In 18th century Geneva, watchmakers were called cabinotiers and their achievements represented the pinnacle of watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin’s Atelier Cabinotiers continues that grand tradition of Swiss watchmaking with its bespoke division. Here, there are no catalogs, no reproductions and no limits. Each commission is based […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]