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Métiers d’Art: Captivating Timepieces for Women

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Bringing art to one of the smallest possible canvases — a petite watch dial — expert artisans use enamel, miniature painting with single-hair brushes and even identical reproductions of larger artworks to decorate the dials of these beautiful timepieces. Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde de Papillons The luxury […]

Ready for Takeoff: the HM9 Flow by MB&F

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. MB&F’s fans rabidly wait for the release of each of its fantastical horological machines, and the recent release of HM9 Flow does not disappoint. Pulling influences from the sensual, curving lines of 1940s and 1950s cars, and the smooth aerodynamics of a jet engine, MB&F combined and transformed them […]

Jaquet Droz Celebrates 280th Anniversary With a Fifth Avenue Pop-Up Store

By Emma Reynolds

After 280 years, Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz remains one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world. Celebrating its 280th anniversary this year, the brand ended its traveling exhibition with one last pop-up store concept in New York City. The store on the city’s famed Fifth Avenue will remain there for three months, allowing clients who don’t get the chance […]

Christoph Grainger-Herr on Preserving the Future

By Elite Traveler

Architect, CEO and dreamer Christoph Grainger-Herr is fearlessly paving the path for the next 150 years at historic watch brand IWC. As Kristen Shirley finds out, it’s not just numbers and sales driving his plan; it’s passion. As we kick off the celebrations for the official opening of IWC’s new watchmaking facility, the Manufakturzentrum, CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr thanks me for […]

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

By Alex Martin

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 […]