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Parmigiani Fleurier Launches Montreux Jazz Festival Kalpa Watches

By Emma Reynolds

Few can say they’ve danced under the stars on the shores of Lake Geneva with Grammy award-winning artists. Unless, of course, you’re part of Parmigiani Fleurier’s exclusive group of friends. This year, the Swiss watch marque returned as a global partner to the Montreux Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 52nd annual show, from July 11-13. The show saw the return […]

Par for the Course: Hublot Releases Golf Watch

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Forget scorecards and apps. Hublot is coming for your golf game with a new watch that allows you to count your strokes while out on the links. The cleverly designed Big Bang Unico Golf watch follows the design codes of a chronograph, but uses its pushers to count strokes […]

Wilhelm Schmid on German Precision and Craftsmanship

By Roberta Naas

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. With seven years behind him at the helm of sophisticated and technically advanced A Lange & Söhne, Wilhelm Schmid lets passion drive him as he propels this German watch brand to new heights. Recently he shared his thoughts with Elite Traveler’s Roberta Naas on why this small brand has […]

Roberta Naas on Getting Personal

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. In the past, if you wanted to customize an aspect of your watch, your options were limited to specially ordered engraving or hand-painting on the dial or caseback. Now, thanks to new technology, some savvy watch brands are taking customization to all new levels. A few years ago, I […]

Cartier Creates New Day-and-Night Complication

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Ever since Cartier’s first mystery clock in 1912, the mysterious movement has been one of the jeweler’s specialties. This year, for the first time, it adds a day-and-night complication to a mysterious watch. And if that weren’t enough, the timepiece has retrograde minutes, too. At first glance, you’ll be […]

A Closer Look at Innovative Watch Brand Urwerk

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. It can take a few minutes to wrap your head around an Urwerk movement, and for the firm’s co-founders, Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei, that is the point. They deepen the relationship between wearer and watch, and create innovative movements and complications that require you to think, and, in […]

Marking 25 Years of the Royal Oak Offshore

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore model, and the watchmaker is celebrating in a big way. In addition to reissuing the original from 1993 (with a modern, in-house movement), there are two major new watches in the iconic case. First, there’s a grande […]

Roberta Naas on Constant Force

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Watchmakers are an elite group of perfectionists who toil every day to create the most precise timepieces possible. That quest has led to the unveiling of mechanical watches that feature what may be the ultimate precision concept: constant force. While constant force is not a new concept in watchmaking, […]

Maximilian Büsser on Surrounding Himself with Good People

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. An engineer by trade,Maximilian Büsser, known as Max, is the founder of one of the most futuristic and highly technical independent watch brands in the world: MB&F. The acronym stands for Max Büsser and Friends, because, as he tells Roberta Naas, he could not have developed his loyal following […]

Rolex’s ‘The Unicorn’ Auctions For $5.9 Million

By Arun Kakar

One of the most exclusive Rolexs became the second most expensive in history when it sold for $5.9million at a Phillips auction in May. The 1970 white gold Cosmograph Daytona 6265, dubbed the “The Unicorn”, sold for nearly double its expected $3m at the special “Daytona Ultimatum” themed auction in Geneva. The event was curated by Pucci Papaleo, a scholar […]