Does Your Watch have a Singing Bird? If Not, Take a Close-Up Look at the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater (Video)

 |  March 6th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Haute horology is a deft blend of technical innovations, artistry and handcrafted workmanship. All of these feats come together in the alluring Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Geneva—a watch that sits comfortably at the intersection of mechanical invention and art. The newest piece, like the others before it, honors Genève, where the brand’s namesake, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, opened his third workshop in 1784, and in so doing became the city’s first clock making manufacturer. This opening also introduced the city to watches featuring grand complications. For the Bird Repeater, Jaquet Droz not only brings birds to life and musical beauty, but also — using enamel, relief work and other techniques — decorates the background with historic Geneva land marks such…

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Vacheron Constantin Unveils Harmony to Celebrate its 260th Anniversary

 |  March 4th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson In honor of 260 years of continuous production (the longest of any manufacturer), Vacheron Constantin has unveiled a new line of timepieces under the banner name, Harmony. The line will feature a cushion shaped case and a design that is inspired by a yellow gold chronograph produced in 1928. However, the modern realization takes advantage of its case construction, curves and lines to help reflect light — revealing multiple facets of the watch.  Additionally, Vacheron Constantin has developed all new calibers for these watches – attesting to its dedication to perfection and excellence, which has fueled the brand for 260 years. The initial launch consists of both small and medium complications, as well as a  Grande complication. We…

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Introducing the 1815 Anniversary A. Lange Limited Edition Watch from A. Lange & Sohne

 |  February 24th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Last week, A. Lange & Sohne celebrated the 200th anniversary of its founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, at the brand’s newly minted NYC boutique. Lange was born on February 18, 1815 and as any astute horologist should know, helped place not only the brand, but also the former East German town of Glashutte, on the horological map. You can read more about that here. A Lange & Sohne has gone to great lengths to honor the contributions of the brand’s namesake and has done so most notably through its 1815 line, named so for the founder’s birth year. Thus, it is only fitting that for the 200th birthday, A. Lange & Sohne is releasing a 200-piece limited-edition run…

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Baume & Mercier Redefines the Iconic Classima Watches Collection

 |  February 23rd, 2015

Baume & Mercier continues to surprise us with new renditions of iconic collections and of historic pieces. In fact, in January at SIHH exhibition in Geneva, I had the rare opportunity to speak at length with Baume & Mercier Senior Designer Sara Sandmeir about the newly revamped collection of iconic Classima watches being unveiled this year. The new collection offers men’s Classima watches in a smaller sized 40mm case (the previous Classima line was 42mm), and features such versions as the Classima Automatic three hands with date in steel, steel and gold and with a variety of straps. The beauty of this new piece comes through in the elegant pin striped dial design that offers chic appeal. There is also…

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DOHA Jewelry and Watch Expo Happens this Week in Qatar

 |  February 22nd, 2015

Beginning this Tuesday and running until February 28, the Doha Jewellery and Watch Expo  is taking place in Qatar. We have attended this fair in the past, wherein we got to try on a 14-carat Harry Winston diamond ring, accompany a true watch collector on his receiving of an Opus watch from Harry Winston, and watch the unveiling of so many other watch and jewelry items. The Fair is not as large in scope of BaselWorld, but is as luxurious as the SIHH in Geneva and is extremely important for the Middle East Market. In attendance are a host of important independent companis, in addition to the big brands. From Rolex to Arnold & Son and a host of others, the…

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