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Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Nine Highlights

By Emma Reynolds

On May 11 and 12, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will host The Geneva Watch Auction: Nine. In the selection of watches presented at the auction, Patek Philippe and Rolex are predominant (and have been so in their other auctions; the two brands both do extremely well). Other highlights within the auction include Vacheron Constantin, Hermès, FP Journe, […]

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 […]

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 […]