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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 […]

H Moser & Cie Launches Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. For those in the know, it takes just a glance at an incredible sunburst fumé dial to recognize it as the work of H Moser & Cie. The independent Swiss brand—known not only for impeccable craftsmanship but also for being a bit of an enfant terrible for its antics, […]

A Closer Look at Grönefeld

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. With familial roots in watchmaking that date back to 1912, the Grönefeld brothers, Bart and Tim, seem to be destined for horology. Before launching their own brand in the Netherlands with a tourbillon minute repeater, they honed their craft at technical schools, then at some of watchmaking’s most prestigious […]

The House of Harry Winston Celebrates Zurich Opening

By Lauren Hill

The revered luxury brand behind the watchmaker who was dubbed the “King of Diamonds” during his lifetime, the House of Harry Winston, has announced the opening of a new salon in Zurich. The new site sits on the city’s prestigious Bahnhofstrasse shopping mile with more than 1,570 sq ft of space to showcase the brand’s jewelry and timepiece collections including […]

The New Polaris by Jaeger-LeCoultre

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Born in 1968, the original Memovox Polaris was designed in an era of great expeditions. The Space Race was at its peak; just a decade earlier, Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to summit Mount Everest; and the US Navy reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep in […]

The Watchmakers of Bovet Switzerland

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Many watch brands claim to create in-house movements, but their definitions of in-house can vary widely. There are very few brands who manufacture nearly every component themselves, down to balance springs, and their technology is fiercely guarded. Elite Traveler headed to Switzerland to visit Bovet’s three manufactures and see […]