Pierre Arpels by Van Cleef & Arpels on the wrist

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels: An Intertwined History

Many of the great marques in the history of watchmaking were driven by prominent figures who ended up with a watch named after them. Such was the case for both Louis Cartier and Pierre Arpels. Both were born into jewelry and watch dynasties and both made prominent marks on the histories of their respective houses. How else are they intertwined?

All of the Nomos Glashütte Neomatik have a splash of bright orange

How Does Nomos Glashütte Make A Beautiful Watch With Manufacture Movement For Under $3,000? (Archive)

How can Nomos Glashütte make a watch with a manufacture movement for about €1,000 when most Swiss brands can’t? To get the details, I asked managing director and partner in the Saxon brand, Uwe Ahrendt, to explain some of the elements that go into such calculations. You might be surprised at his logical answers.

Speake-Marin wristshots featuring clockwise from top: Pierce Brosnan/Resilience, Peter Speake-Marin/Resilience, Ian Skellern/Thalassa, Elizabeth Doerr/Serpent Calendar

Pierce Brosnan And Peter Speake-Marin Talk About Resilience, ‘Survivor,’ Gratitude, And James Bond

After following the story of former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan and independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin for the past two years, I was itching to get the two together and hear a few of the behind-the-scenes stories on how they got together and what they “bond” over (see what I did there?).

Döttling’s Morosini safe open

Are Watch Winders Good For Anything?

A client recently asked me if there are any benefits to using automatic watch winders. The short answer is that I have two viewpoints on watch winders. Click to learn the pros and cons as I see them.

Swatch Touch Zero One

Swatch Group Gets Serious About Connected Watches, Plans Launch Of New Products Late 2018

Swatch Group and CSEM (Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology) announced on February 5, 2017 that the two entities have collaborated to develop a Swiss made “ecosystem” for “connected objects.”

Konstantin Chaykin Moscow Comptus Clock

A Mechanical Masterpiece By A Mechanical Mastermind: The Konstantin Chaykin Moscow Comptus Easter Clock

Konstantin Chaykin’s latest masterpiece, the Moscow Comptus Easter Clock, isn’t designed for the wrist but for the mantel, and it presents further evidence that the man I dubbed the “Wonderboy Russian Watchmaker” is one of the greatest watch and clockmakers in the game today.

Louis Vuitton Cargo fountain pen

The Quest For My Ultimate Fountain Pen Part 3: The Luxury Brand Period

After obtaining a Delta Dolce Vita Oversized at the conclusion of my Italian period, I was a very happy man. The pen served me very well, and I was in love with the looks as well as the writing experience that it provided. As usual though, while I wasn’t looking for a replacement, it happened anyway. But this time with some very famous brands.

Do The Recent Changes At Richemont Herald A New Watch World? An Industry Insider Presents Some Hypotheses

A Nobel prize laureate wrote in 1964 that, “The times they are a-changin’.”

It is now 2017, and the locus of the changes in the horological world is a company known as Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. And there are a lot of changes.

Richard Mille RM11-03 Jean Todt

Richard Mille’s Celebration Of Jean Todt: Limited Blue RM 11-03, RM 050, And RM 056 Sapphire

Richard Mille celebrates motorsport legend Jean Todt with three new editions of some of Mille’s best design work in Todt’s favorite blue color. The first is the new RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph in a blue-and-white quartz TPT case. The other two highly limited editions compris the RM 050 and RM 056 Sapphire.

The author’s A. Lange & Söhne Pour le Mérite Tourbillon

Why I Bought It: A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon

When the hammer came down at the Phillips auction late 2016 and I had become the new owner of a A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon, the feeling was one of complete joy, representing the culmination of a multi-year chase. What makes this particular watch so special in so many ways?