The Superbia Humanitatis watch created by Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, and Paul Gerber (photo courtesy Dr. Magnus Bosse)

The Ongoing Saga Of The ‘Superbia Humanitatis’, The World’s Most Complicated Wristwatch, By Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, And Paul Gerber (With Video Of It Striking Time)

The ‘Superbia Humanitatis’ Louis-Elysée Piguet/Franck Muller/Paul Gerber super complication is one of the most legendary watches of our time. And what a story! And here it is in its entirety: from 1892 when Piguet made the movement through 1992 when Franck Muller altered it, all the way through the present day when Paul Gerber altered it three more times to make it the most complicated wristwatch in the world.

Rolex boutique in Place Vendome

The Horological History Of Place Vendôme, Paris

The grandeur of Place Vendôme is hard to match. And to say that about a location in a city like Paris is quite a statement. Follow Martin Green’s tour of the horological history of the square and learn some things you undoubtedly never knew!

Patek Philippe Beta 21 and advertisment (photo courtesy Atom Moore and Christie's)

Quartz: Past, Present, But No Future?

Nothing can stir up the watch world these days quite as much the launch of a new Apple watch. For some it’s a must-have gadget, for others it just isn’t a real watch. But perhaps quartz watches face more competition from smartwatches than mechanical watches. Does quartz even have a real future?

Burgess Clock B, completed by Charles Frodsham & Co

Burgess Clock B, The World’s Most Precise Pendulum Clock, Is Made To A 250-Year-Old Design By John Harrison, Longitude Prize Winner And Inventor Of The Marine Chronometer

250 years ago, Longitude Prize-winning clockmaker John Harrison made clocks losing just one second per month, but that wasn’t enough for him. In his later life, Harrison claimed that he could make a wall clock with a then-unheard-of-precision of just one second over 100 days! And 250 years later, it turns out he was right.

K1: Larcum Kendal's reproduction of Harrison's H4 marine chronometer

Larcum Kendall And K1: The Greatest Watchmaker And Watch You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of (Archive)

You may have heard of a few or more of the following historical people and events: Thomas Mudge, George Graham, John Harrison, the Longitude Prize, Captain James Cook, and the mutiny on the ‘HMS Bounty.’ However, you are less likely to have heard the name of a horologist who played a pivotal role in all of the above: Larcum Kendall (1719–1790). Come with me on a worldwide adventure involving timekeeping and history.

Fine German watchmaking from A. Lange & Söhne, Tutima, Nomos Glashütte, Moritz Grossmann and Glashütte Original

Made In Germany: The Glory Of Glashütte

When we talk about Germany, we do not necessarily think of watches: luxury cars, high-tech machines, and Oktoberfest spring to mind. The “made in Germany” predicate is generally associated with quality, well-designed products, added value, and longevity. But watches? Yes, watches.

Patek Philippe pendant watch no. 4719 sold to Queen Victoria in 1851

Bringing Patek Philippe’s Universe To New York City For 11 Days In July 2017 With ‘The Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition’

Capitalizing on a vast history of exceptional horology, Patek Philippe will create one of the most comprehensive horological exhibitions ever to be shown in the USA: “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition” will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City from July 13 through 23, 2017.

Both sides of the Perpetual calendar side of the Dominique Loiseau 1f4, the case is turned by simply pulling out and rotating the lugs

The Most Complicated Watch You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of: 1f4 Grand Complication By Dominique Loiseau With Daniel Montandon

Gone but not forgotten in the minds of true watch fans, we briefly revisit the horological genius that was Dominique Loiseau (1949-2013) and his ultra-complicated 1f4.

Clock in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, New York

The Fantastic Clock In The Lobby Of New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Is Pure History

While passing through New York City recently, I decided to duck into the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel to have a look at its famous lobby before the hotel closes for construction at the end of February 2017. And what I found was a historical clock with electrifying presence.

K1: Larcum Kendal's reproduction of Harrison's H4 marine chronometer

Larcum Kendall And K1: The Greatest Watchmaker And Watch You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

You may have heard of a few or more of the following historical people and events: Thomas Mudge, George Graham, John Harrison, the Longitude Prize, Captain James Cook, and the mutiny on the ‘HMS Bounty.’ However, you are less likely to have heard the name of a horologist who played a pivotal role in all of the above: Larcum Kendall (1719–1790). Come with me on a worldwide adventure involving timekeeping and history.