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IWC Pilots Make Aviation History in a Silver Spitfire

By Emma Reynolds

Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen is making history with its Spitfire line in (what else) a silver Spitfire. The company enlisted pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones of UK-based Boultbee Flight Academy to take “The Longest Flight” in a Silver Spitfire wearing the brand’s limited-edition timepiece, Pilot’s Watch TimeZoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight,” debuted at this year’s SIHH. […]

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 […]

Behind the Scenes at Richard Mille

By Kristen Shirley

Although Richard Mille might be best known for its extremely technical, sporty timepieces (think tennis champion Rafael Nadal wearing his $725,000 watch during major tennis tournaments), its ladies’ watches are beginning to grab more attention, thanks to the combination of beauty and brains. For its ladies’ collection director Cécile Guenat’s debut, the house released its first-ever automatic tourbillon, RM 71-01 […]

A Luxury Guide to Men’s Calendar Watches

By Roberta Naas

Today, we take for granted that a quick glance at our phone tells us the date, but in the past, ingenious watchmakers had to devise mechanical marvels to keep track of the calendar. The most complicated of those watches, perpetual calendars, even account for leap years thanks to hundreds of cams and levers. These watches have their roots in mid-18th-century […]

Four Luxury Women’s Skeleton Watches For 2019

By Kristen Shirley

To best show off the miniature machine on your wrist, look to a skeleton watch. These timepieces do not have dials, so the mechanics are on full display. Watchmakers remove as much metal as possible from a movement, allowing you to admire the inner workings of your timepiece. The most talented do more than just remove metal: They perfectly finish […]

Bugatti Forms Long-Term Bond with Jacob & Co.

By Elite Traveler

When Bugatti approached Jacob & Co. to form a watch collaboration, founder Jacob Arabo was thrilled. Not only was it a special year for Bugatti (110-year anniversary), but he was a huge fan of the supercar brand. “Bugatti is by far my favorite car company,” declares Mr. Arabo. “When I look at a Bugatti Chiron sports car, the perfectly refined […]

Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Nine Highlights

By Emma Reynolds

On May 11 and 12, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will host The Geneva Watch Auction: Nine. In the selection of watches presented at the auction, Patek Philippe and Rolex are predominant (and have been so in their other auctions; the two brands both do extremely well). Other highlights within the auction include Vacheron Constantin, Hermès, FP Journe, […]

The Rise of Independent Watch Brands

By Roberta Naas

Over the centuries, the watch industry has often been called a carriage trade, with many independent watch brands working together to create luxury watches. However, as they grew into fully integrated manufacturers and became icons, large conglomerates began snapping them up. Today, three top luxury groups — Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), Richemont and Swatch Group — own more than […]

A Guide to Women’s Jump-Hour Watches

By Kristen Shirley

The jump-hour watch often removes the hour hand and displays the hour through an aperture. In ladies’ timepieces, this gives watchmakers more room on the dial to showcase their jewelry artistry and creatively display the minutes. They are also technical masterpieces: As the minutes approach 60, power builds up to make the movement’s hour disc jump to the next, and […]

Eight Luxury Deep Dive Watches For Men

By Kristen Shirley

Whether you’re diving into the ocean or just like a sporty look, one thing’s for sure: Deep dive watches usually spend more time on land than under the sea. After conquering the technical requirements for diving, watchmakers added useful land-based complications like flyback chronographs and calendars, and made them more attractive for everyday wear with decorated and guilloché dials. Here, […]