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Roberta Naas

Roberta Naas

Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, A Timely Perspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch and jewelry news.

Francois Graff on Diamonds and Legacy

By Roberta Naas

Leading a multifaceted, global, family-run business is no easy task. Francois Graff, CEO of Graff, one of the world’s most important jewelry houses, shares his insights and stories of rare stones with Roberta Naas. It is a very rare moment. I am sitting in a well-appointed office across from Francois Graff, the 50-something CEO of one of the most revered […]

Revealed: The Elite Traveler Top 50 Watches of 2019

By Roberta Naas

Elite Traveler, the world’s leading private jet lifestyle magazine, is excited to launch the Top 50 Watches in the World for 2019. For its third edition, the Top 50 Watches showcase watchmaking at its finest. The selected timepieces include supreme examples of all areas of horology, from technical advancements in movements and chronometry to artistic engraving, complex gem setting, astonishing […]

A Lange & Söhne – Lange 1 Tourbillon 25th Anniversary

By Roberta Naas

Earlier this year, A Lange & Söhne introduced the first watch in the brand’s 25th Anniversary collection. The series honors the late Walter Lange, whose perseverance and passion enabled him to reestablish A Lange & Söhne in 1994. The brand was originally founded by Lange’s great-grandfather in 1845, but it was expropriated after World War II and virtually disappeared. The […]

Armin Strom – Dual Time Resonance Sapphire

By Roberta Naas

Breathtaking from every angle, the Armin Strom Dual Time Resonance Sapphire watch is an architectural and technical beauty. The horizontal, oval-shaped sapphire case is futuristic looking, and the symmetry of the two dials and the movement are harmonious. The watch combines two independent movements that display two different time zones, allowing you to set it to time zones that vary […]

Arnold & Son – Time Pyramid Tourbillon

By Roberta Naas

The Time Pyramid has been a sought-after watch in the Arnold & Son lineup for years. Now, the skeletonized watch is joined by an important horological feat: the tourbillon. The all-new, hand-wound movement, A&S8615, is organized in a pyramid-shaped format (in tribute to the clocks that the Arnold family built in the late 18th century) and showcases the tourbillon escapement […]

Audemars Piguet – Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe

By Roberta Naas

Few brands can surpass Audemars Piguet’s over-the-top, high-jewelry masterpieces. This year’s Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe once again surprises and delights with its incredible shape and extensive gem setting, which takes more than 1,050 hours to complete. The watch’s name, Orbe, is for the river that runs through Le Brassus, Switzerland, Audemars Piguet’s hometown. The Sapphire Orbe takes the shape of […]

Blancpain – Air Command

By Roberta Naas

Blancpain looked to the original scales and functions used in 1950s military aviation and brought them into the modern era in its Air Command watch. It is a re-issue of a chronograph it developed for the US Air Force; a very limited number were offered to American military pilots. The rugged 42.5mm watch is highly legible thanks to oversized orange-colored […]

Bovet 1822 – Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One

By Roberta Naas

An all-new case shape for Bovet 1822 — with the slope of an old-fashioned writing desk — is one of the architectural highlights of the new Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One watch. Fashioned from sapphire, the crystal-clear 48mm Dimier writing desk case allows for viewing of the highly complicated movement. The all-new, hand-wound Caliber 17DM04-SMP displays the hours, minutes and […]

Breguet – Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395

By Roberta Naas

Underscoring its high-horology expertise in ultra-thin movements, Breguet’s newest Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 is fitted with a 3mm thick skeletonized tourbillon movement with a new architecture. To achieve this incredible thinness, watchmakers removed nearly 50 percent of the metal from the extra-thin caliber 581SQ. To save even more space, they placed the rotor on the periphery of the gold […]

Bulgari – Gérald Genta 50th Anniversary Arena Bi-Retro

By Roberta Naas

While Bulgari continues to set world records for ultra-thin watches, it also takes a new direction honoring Gérald Genta, one of the greatest watch designers of the 20th century. This watch recalls Genta’s famed bi-retrograde complication (minutes and date) with jumping hours. It pays tribute to the year Genta began his own eponymous brand, 1969. Bulgari has owned the Gérald […]