If you get hurt on this one call me: Philippe Dufour Simplicity

What’s So Special About Independent Watchmakers?

Whenever I think about a watch made by an independent watchmaker, a certain recollection comes to mind – one that could explain my passion for timepieces created by masters with diminutive production but gargantuan horological expertise. This particular story involves a watch brand, a trip to Switzerland, and what is normally a very casual thing: lunch.

Christian Kamp and the legendary Loïck Peyron modeling Ulysse Nardin in Bermuda; Kamp (lower wrist) is wearing the limited edition Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Artemis Racing

America’s Cup 2017: The Final Round Gets Underway . . . And There’s A Watch Brand For Each Team In This Epochal 166-Year-Old Regatta

The 35th America’s Cup is well underway in Bermuda, with the high-technology event heading into the final rounds on May 26, 2017. Interestingly, all of the teams for this finals month have watch sponsors, and these even represent brands from each of the four major groups: Swatch Group, Richemont, LVMH, and Kering.

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph in ceramic/titanium

A Coaxial Vision Of Time: Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

The holy grail of quick readability for a chronograph is centered, concentrically mounted hands. But making the displays concentric increasingly complicates the center stack of indicators and their staffs or requires the gear train to run alongside the center and display the time elsewhere. The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph solves this issue and many more to become one of most interesting chronographs on the market today.

Side by side: two examples of Vianney Halter’s Antiqua in pink gold

Behind The Lens: Twice The Fun With Two Vianney Halter Antiquas

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Vianney Halter and his work. I strongly believe that one of the defining moments of my development as a collector was taking the plunge and buying an example of his landmark Antiqua in pink gold. But how do two of these rare watches look side by side under the unforgiving lens of my camera?

Lot 1016: Alain Silberstein Chrono Saphir

Phillips Auctions Personal Collection Of Chronopassion’s Laurent “Pack Rat” Picciotto In Hong Kong And There Is Much Treasure Within

The Phillips/Bacs & Russo Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR takes place on May 30, 2017. While it includes a large number of Rolex and Patek Philippe models as well as a disarmingly beautiful array of bejeweled timepieces by Cartier and Piaget, most important for me is the 43-piece subset of watches belonging to Chronopassion watch retailer Laurent Picciotto.

Parting shot: Romain Gauthier Logical One in white gold

Why I Bought It: Romain Gauthier Logical One (Archive)

I was sitting at my breakfast table on the morning of January 18, 2013, when during my morning scan of news I saw a photo of something breathtaking. It was Logical One by Romain Gauthier – a watch I immediately knew that I would own someday. I was captivated by the white gold version with frosted gold movement: this was “the one” for me. Read on to discover why.

IWC on the Mr Porter internet sales platform

Bricks And Clicks, Bricks Or Clicks, Just Clicks? There’s A Watch Retail Tsunami Coming, But How, What, When . . . And Why?

Over the last couple of years, and even over the last few weeks, there have been ripples in the watch retailing universe – a trickle of initiatives that may (or may not) quickly turn into a flood. Are brands and/or groups finally ready to take the plunge and fully commit to embracing internet sales?

Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1

You Are There: Visiting McLaren With Richard Mille

When it comes to collaborations between watch brands and brands in other industries, you could easily say that McLaren and Richard Mille form the epitome thanks to their respective cutting-edge products. Simon Cudd witnessed this first-hand on a visit to McLaren’s Woking headquarters.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique on the wrist

Why I Bought My Wife An Engraved Reverso Classique (Archive)

This is a family affair: a story of my wife Brigitte, her horse Gucci, my father Neil, and an engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique. And this is a good example of how and why you might want to commission a work of art on the back of a Reverso. Or not.

Panerai Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days on the wrist

The Panerai Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days With 50-Year Guarantee!

A brand wholeheartedly committed to carbon development is Officine Panerai with its new research-and-development-inspired timepiece, the Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days. And Panerai is so confident in this watch that the brand offers an incredible 50-year warranty!