Thousands of silk stitches do into hand embroidering the Piaget Altiplano Rose dial

The Piaget Altiplano Rose: It Wouldn’t Be As Sweet By Any Other Name

Piaget added to its line of Altiplano rose-themed timepieces at the 2014 SIHH in spectacular fashion. Independent embroidery artist Sylvie Deschamps stitched a unique silk rose to form the dial of a white gold timepiece set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds in the shape of the Yves Piaget Rose.

Heartbeat: Logical One By Romain Gauthier

When Romain Gauthier presented his Logical One at Baselworld 2013, I wasn’t the only one impressed: it was awarded the prestigious prize for best Men’s Complication at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève thanks to its quadruple patent-pending constant force and much more.

The yellow/green Super-LumiNova of the Urwerk UR-110 TTH glows an electric cool blue in the dark

Heartbeat: The High-Lume-Glow-In-The-Dark Urwerk UR-110 TTH

Having had the opportunity to wear Urwerk’s UR-110 TTH for a month, I came to seriously appreciate not only the unique craftsmanship and gorgeous styling of this particular model, but also its cool, yellow-green lume display at night. The blackened titanium case and tantalum bezel is absolutely rock and roll: heavy in color, aesthetic in hue and unusual in this shape.

Peacock at the Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez

Heartbeat: Colorfully Quilled Peacock In Saint-Tropez

The peacock’s iridescent colors are not actually pigment colors at all, but are reflections off the structure of the feathers, which have patterned nano-fiber components. Slight changes in the spacing of the nano-fibers produce different colors much in the same way as iridescent colors reflect off a film off brown/black oil or a butterfly’s wing. But they are none less beautiful for that.

Ulysse Nardin Freak Blue Cruiser on the wrist

Ulysse Nardin’s Freak Blue Cruiser

It is just possible that the modern era of watchmaking truly began in 2001 when Ulysse Nardin introduced its Dual Direct Escapement in the first version of the Freak. Not only was this particular timepiece groundbreaking in its avant-garde design, but more importantly in its fundamental escapement technology invented by Dr. Ludwig Oechslin.

Yevgeny Khaldei's original photo of the Soviet flag being raised on the Reichstag, the German parliament building in the center of Berlin

Heartbeat: Historic Yevgeny Khaldei Photograph In Leica Exhibition

Last week I visited the Leica factory and spent some time admiring an exhibition placed in the spacious foyer of this massive new factory building called “36 aus 100” (“36 from 100”). This image of the soldier wearing two watches – perhaps very, very briefly reminding me of the late Nicolas G. Hayek’s penchant for wearing two timepieces – caught my attention.

"Chinese Embroidery" from the Vacheron Constantin "Metiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements" collection

Heartbeat: Vacheron Constantin And The Art Of Openworking

In honor of Mother’s Day we revisit four fantastic openwork watches that Vacheron Constantin presented earlier this year at the SIHH in Geneva. The idea with openwork, aka skeletonization, is to remove as much of the material as possible to reveal the mechanisms beneath the dial, while ensuring it remains looking elegant and is still structurally rigid enough for its purpose.

Richard Mille RM 038 Bubba Watson

Heartbeat: Richard Mille RM 038 Bubba Watson

The RM 038 is made of an extremely strong and light alloy called magnesium WE 54. The tourbillon movement has been developed for a particular emphasis on shock protection (a good thing if playing golf with it).
Bubba Watson is a professional golfer and Richard Mille ambassador. He one the US Masters Tournament in 2012 and is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour.

Richard Mille RM037 in white ceramic and red gold

Heartbeat: Richard Mille RM037

Okay, guys, if you forgot flowers for Valentine’s Day, or worse still forgot Valentine’s Day altogether, here is a little present that is likely to get you back in your loved-one’s good books: a stunning white Richard Mille RM037 in ceramic and red gold.

Urwerk EMC fine tuning adjustment

Heartbeat: EMC By Urwerk

Urwerk’s EMC is the first high-end mechanical watch that uses sophisticated integrated electronics to monitor its own precision. A simple adjustment screw on the back allows the wearer to easily regulate the timing themselves.