Pre-selected watches in the Artistic Crafts category of the 2017 GPHG: (clockwise from top left) Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony, Hermès Slim d’Hermès Promenande de Longchamp, Konstantin Chaykin Joker, Piaget Altiplano Art & Excellence feather marquetry, Vacheron Consantin Métiers d’Art Copernicus Celestial Spheres, and Kari Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure

Our Predictions In The Artistic Crafts Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève And Our Panel Is Unanimous

Artistic Crafts is a Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève category for beauty; it’s as simple as that. Mastery of techniques is the only requirement, and the results are always stunning. It is also a great place to see some unique applications of skills rarely seen, allowing us to view just what artists can imagine when given such a small canvas.

The Fabergé Rosebud Egg from 1895 (photo courtesy The Forbes Collection)

A Brief History Of Fabulous Fabergé Eggs

When they hear the name Fabergé, most people immediately think of imperial Easter eggs. This is logical because even today the breathtaking craftsmanship and detailed execution of these objets d’art are the stuff of legends.

Work in progress: two-dimensional body, three-dimensional face

Watches And Art: At Baselworld 2017 With Artist Alexa Meade And Maurice Lacroix

While in my day job I’m rumored to be a moderately creative guy, and in my youth I was a bit of an instrumentalist, suffice it to say that when it came to drawing and sculpting I never really showed any aptitude. That hasn’t kept me from admiring the works of visual artists, though, and over the past several years my attention has been drawn to the works of one painter in particular: Alexa Meade. You may imagine my surprise when I found her staging an art installation for Maurice Lacroix at Baselworld 2017!

"I Feel Like Painting" by Ronnie Wood for Bremont

Worth The Wait: The Second Bremont B-1 Marine Clock With Dial Painted By Ronnie Wood Of The Rolling Stones

Ronnie Wood, a celebrated painter outside the realm of his duties as guitarist for the Rolling Stones, explained that it was he who searched out a horological collaboration and very naturally came across Bremont as a British marque of note. “I Feel Like Painting” represents his second dial for Bremont’s B-1 Marine Clock.

Wristshot of Aldus Hodge wear a Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire at the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony

Aldis Hodge’s Personal Photos Of The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire At The 2017 Oscars

It’s not all that often that you get to see a behind-the-scenes, actors-eye view of the Academy Awards. But that is exactly what Aldis Hodge gifted his Instagram fans on Oscar night. And the ‘Hidden Figures’ actor was rocking the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire on his wrist!

Back of the new-T Chronopassion guitar

Chronopassion’s Laurent Picciotto And His Favorite iVee Guitar

Laurent Picciotto, owner of the Chronopassion watch boutique in Paris, has played the guitar since he was 14 years old. So why not unite his two passions – watches and guitars – in one luxurious and unique object? Ivan Mulia of iVee Guitars made the first customized piece for Picciotto’s shop on Paris’ famed Rue Saint-Honoré: the new-T Chronopassion guitar.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde Des Papillons

My Favorite Whimsical Watches – And Then Some

Whimsy, frivolity, playfulness: these are not adjectives one often hears used to describe haute horlogerie. And yet these words accurately describe many watches or clocks built over the centuries. Take a journey with me now to discover my favorite modern whimsical masterpieces.

Frank Buchwald’s Machine Lights Type No 1 at the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery Dubai

MB&F M.A.D.Gallery: An Artful Meeting Place In Dubai

I recently visited the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Dubai, a destination I had been itching to visit for years: those skylines, that mix of culture and art, the glorious weather! I wasn’t disappointed on any front. What a place. And the did not disappoint, either. Follow me in for a visit!

Pierce Brosnan wearing a Panerai Luminor in "After-The-Sunset"

The On- And Off-Screen Watches Of Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan’s personal and professional timepieces have included big names like Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Panerai, but also intriguingly Speake-Marin. What influence do the roles he plays have on his personal watch taste? Martin Green provides the answer.

The Béjart Ballet is supported by Jaquet Droz

Why Jaquet Droz’s Support Of The Béjart Ballet Is Important In The Larger Scheme Of Things

I had the extremely good fortune to be a guest of Jaquet Droz at a stunning Béjart Ballet performance in Tokyo in late 2014, where I became a huge fan of the extraordinary troupe. But why do I find it so important for luxury brands to support the arts? Jaquet Droz and the Béjart Ballet provide an excellent example.