I had never really paid much attention to opals before, but upon closer inspection I realized this gemstone is extraordinary – shrouded in mystery and well worth learning more about. Looking at an opal is like looking at fireworks or even looking into a galaxy. And two Swiss watch brands specialize in using the fiery gemstone in watches: Jaquet Droz and Piaget.
In 2009, Ulysse Nardin introduced Moonstruck, a watch that was much more than a timepiece to tell the time. It featured a tidal display that worked worldwide. Now it displays world time as well in a sleek new version.
One evening while we were sipping away at his ex-wife’s stock of 1945 Pétrus, my buddy Slippery Steve and I contemplated a few of the essential questions in life, the kind that rarely find a real answer. Where do I come from? Is there life after death? Can I wear brown shoes after 6:00 PM? Is my Audemars Piguet a fake? Following on that conversation, Slippery Steve and I offer you six easy ways to recognize if your watch is fake. No prior knowledge needed and entertaining photography guaranteed!
At Baselworld 2017, Seiko president and CEO Shinji Hattori announced exciting news for Grand Seiko: “From today, Grand Seiko lives a truly independent life and sets out on a new journey. My intention is that, in the coming years, Grand Seiko will scale new heights of watchmaking excellence and commercial success.” Here are the exceptional first watches of the new separate brand called Grand Seiko.
When viewed from a distance, the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Edition Historique looks like an interesting watch with an interesting dial, ensuring that it grabs attention. But once you get up close, it is clear that the details of the watch combine to create something more than noticed at first glance.
My thoughts have turned to one major system that is always there, but generally hidden from sight: the movement. Here are a few of my favorites and why. And in the philosophy of putting my money where my mouth is, these movements have appeared in one or more watches that I’ve owned personally.
Peter Speake-Marin is leaving the brand he founded 17 years and in September plans to launch a new chapter in his career as The Naked Watchmaker. The name is a deliberate misnomer as it will not be the watchmaker that gets naked, but rather the watches. Here we not only explain what the website is about, we share an early first making-of glimpse at what it looks like.
The Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition opened in New York City on July 13, 2017. There is a lot to look at in the exhibition so I asked Patek Philippe USA president Larry Pettinelli about his favorite exhibit. He replied “. . . I love the JFK clock . . . “. Read on to learn why.
The quintessential sports tourbillon, the Richard Mille RM 027 RN, officially debuted at the 2010 French Open on the wrist of that year’s champion, Rafael Nadal. It was specifically created to stand up to the punishment of the tennis court. Now Richard Mille introduces the RM 27-02, which is even more high-tech, mechanically resistant, and expensive than the first edition. Read on to find out why.
If you are in New York this month (July 2017) the news is everywhere you look: the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition opens on July 13, 2017. Also not to be missed is a Christie’s Patek Philippe private sale and exhibition, as well as an online auction, that will run at the same time as the Grand Exhibition, allowing consumers the opportunity to purchase rare, unique, and beautiful Patek Philippe watches after having learned about them.