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H Moser & Cie CEO Edouard Meylan on Modernizing Tradition

By Kristen Shirley

Since acquiring independent watchmaker H Moser & Cie in 2012, CEO Edouard Meylan has shaken up the sometimes staid watch world. He speaks to Kristen Shirley about changing the status quo. A watch covered in live plants, a perpetual calendar without a way to identify it as a perpetual calendar and the infamous Swiss Mad watch, with a case made […]

Four Luxury Aventurine Dial Watches

By Kristen Shirley

It was purely by chance — a l’avventura in Italian — that a glassblower in 19th century Murano, Italy created aventurine when he accidentally spilled copper shavings into molten glass; the resulting metal inclusions gave the glass an incredible sparkle. Today, aventurine glass is frequently used in watch dials, its glitter highlighting a diamond’s fire or evoking the heavens above. […]

Hublot Unveils Innovative Green Big Bang MP-11

By Alex Martin

Hublot is celebrating a significant step forward in its ultra-technical and contemporary design with the release of a Big Bang MP-11 made with an innovative material never before used in watchmaking. Having made huge investments in the industrialization of sapphire, Hublot has been able to offer watches in several colors such as black, yellow, blue and red. However, a true […]

Four Incredible Luxury Clock Designs

By Kristen Shirley

As we celebrate 2019’s Top 50 Watches, here we highlight the original form of timekeeping: clocks. Today’s clocks are both incredible technical masterpieces and works of art. As manufacturers are not bound by the constraints of small case sizes, their ingenuity, technical prowess and creativity can be on full display. MB&F, Medusa Price: $27,850 Together with its longtime friend, L’Epée […]

Breitling Releases Limited Edition Etihad Airways Watch

By Alex Martin

Breitling has further strengthened its connection to the world of aviation with the announcement of a new partnership with luxury commercial airliner Etihad Airways. The Swiss watchmaker has been making pilot watches since 1952 when the Navitimer Pilot’s Chronograph was introduced and has developed special editions for a number of airlines including Pan Am and Swiss Air. Now, Etihad Airways […]

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 […]