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The Rise of Independent Watch Brands

By Roberta Naas

Over the centuries, the watch industry has often been called a carriage trade, with many independent watch brands working together to create luxury watches. However, as they grew into fully integrated manufacturers and became icons, large conglomerates began snapping them up. Today, three top luxury groups — Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), Richemont and Swatch Group — own more than […]

A Guide to Women’s Jump-Hour Watches

By Kristen Shirley

The jump-hour watch often removes the hour hand and displays the hour through an aperture. In ladies’ timepieces, this gives watchmakers more room on the dial to showcase their jewelry artistry and creatively display the minutes. They are also technical masterpieces: As the minutes approach 60, power builds up to make the movement’s hour disc jump to the next, and […]

Eight Luxury Deep Dive Watches For Men

By Kristen Shirley

Whether you’re diving into the ocean or just like a sporty look, one thing’s for sure: Deep dive watches usually spend more time on land than under the sea. After conquering the technical requirements for diving, watchmakers added useful land-based complications like flyback chronographs and calendars, and made them more attractive for everyday wear with decorated and guilloché dials. Here, […]

The Launch of Twenty~4 Automatic by Patek Philippe

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. The breadth of its mechanical women’s watch collections separates Patek Philippe from many esteemed marques who design serious men’s watches, yet only create quartz watches for women. Its collections range from an exquisite, manual-winding, high-jewelry Gondolo to the ultra-sporty Nautilus and the elegant Calatrava. And with the recent launch […]

Fine Watch Club Opens in Geneva

By Emma Reynolds

There are few people more passionate than watch owners and collectors, and industry veterans came together to find a way to offer some of the industry’s global consumers access to special events as well as create a sense of community for likeminded people to relate to one another and share ideas with Fine Watch Club. The club offers members exclusive […]

The Most Stylish Men’s Travel Watches

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. We take a deep dive into the world of travel watches. Whether you need to see all 36 time zones at a glance or simply know what time it is at home, you will find the perfect watch here. Hour Hands First designed to help pilots keep track of […]

Mother-of-Pearl Watch Dials

By Roberta Naas

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Shimmering mother-of-pearl watch dials are among the most beautiful on the market. Now, top brands elevate the precious material by carving, etching, painting and gem setting these delicate dials. Mother-of-pearl’s incredible luster and sheen have made it a feminine choice for watch dials since the early 1900s. Then, designers […]

The Best Women’s Watches for Winter Sports

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. An active winter getaway requires a watch that can keep up, whether you’re hitting the slopes or the surf. There’s no need to sacrifice style for function with one of these brightly colored mechanical watches. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore selfwinding Chronograph This ladies Royal Oak Offshore packs quite […]

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 […]