Close

Elite Traveler Gift Guide

Welcome to Elite Traveler’s Shopping and Lifestyle page. Get the latest news on luxury watches, jewelry and fashion.

Jacob & Co Boutique Opens in Geneva

By Emma Reynolds

Luxury jewelry house Jacob & Co, known for its spectacular high jewelry and impressive timepieces, opened its first boutique on December 1 on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues – the first international flagship store for the brand. The location on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues was an easy decision for […]

A Closer Look: the Innovative Timepieces by Lang & Heyne

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. With masterfully finished and innovative movements paired with classic dials, independent German watch brand Lang & Heyne has carved out a niche for itself in the watch world. Collectors looking for something different, but with the highest quality, turn to the Dresden-based manufacture. Its in-house movements highlight not-frequently-used finishing […]

The 10 Biggest Sales at Phillips Watch Auction

The second Phillips watch auction in New York was held Wednesday with sales totaling $11,523,500. Phillips, the market leader with $110m in watch auction sales this year alone, sold 115 of 120 listings. Bidders from over 50 countries participated both over the phone and online at the ‘STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them’ auction as they competed to acquire some […]

Phillips Watch Auction

Watches of Switzerland Opens Flagship Store in Soho

By Emma Reynolds

The UK’s largest luxury watch retailer, Watches of Switzerland, has planted roots in the US with a flagship boutique in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. The 8,0000-sq-ft retail space will carry an impressive roster of watches, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Breitling, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin and Hublot (among others). There’s something for everyone at this open-plan boutique — […]

Roberta Naas on Concept Watches

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Taking a cue from the luxury automobile industry, top watch brands are building and introducing concept watches. In the automotive world, carmakers have long introduced concept cars to explore new ideas and materials. When it comes to watchmaking, the idea of a concept watch is relatively new. The new-millenium […]

A Closer Look at Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Patek Philippe dedicates countless hours to preserving uncommon artistic métiers in its ultra-exclusive collection of clocks and watches — Rare Handcrafts. Many pieces are never seen in public; they pass nearly directly from the workshop to the client’s hands. CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL Patek Philippe creates only a handful of beautiful dome […]

Richard Mille Opens Flagship Boutique in NYC

By Emma Reynolds

US fans of Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille can now rejoice as the brand has officially opened the doors to its flagship boutique in New York City. The 4,200-square-foot space is Richard Mille’s largest boutique to date, and is something that took over ten years to find, according to Richard Mille. As he knows, good things take time. So when a […]

The Debut of Romain Gauthier’s Micro-Rotor Lady Timepiece

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Brands often turn a men’s watch into a ladies’ watch by shrinking the case size, swapping a mechanical movement for a quartz one and adding diamonds to the bezel. What’s more, few independent watchmakers even consider creating a ladies’ watch because they don’t believe there is a market for […]

A Closer Look at Ressence’s Technological Watches

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.  The brightly colored dials at Ressence appear to be smartwatches at first glance, but don’t let their fun displays fool you. These timepieces pack serious technological chops—one won the Horological Revelation Award in 2013 at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the most prestigious awards in the watch industry. […]

The New Breed of Women’s Watches

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.  No longer an afterthought, more brands are introducing ladies’ watches with dedicated mechanical movements, and some are even introducing new calibers in ladies’ timepieces, meaning men will be the ones waiting. Bulgari Divas’ Dream Minute Repeater To celebrate its 100th anniversary of jewelry watches, Bulgari combines jewelry artistry with a […]