Hamilton Watches: Crucial Instruments for America’s Armed Forces

 |  May 26th, 2014

With today being Memorial Day –a time when we Americans honor those who fought and died in service – it seems a fitting time to take a look at the one American-made watch brand that officially equipped the US Armed Forces: Hamilton. This brand not only supplied watches to the armed forces, but also suspended sales to end consumers in order to carry out its mission, and won awards for its contributions. Founded in 1892 in Lancaster, PA, Hamilton was destined to become a stellar watch brand. By 1914, it had earned such a strong reputation for its well-made timepieces that the brand was named supplier to the US Armed Forces. Decades later, during WWII, taking its role seriously, Hamilton…

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Experience the Heart of Watchmaking: The Audemars Piguet Foundation Reforests the World

 |  April 10th, 2014

By Samantha Walsh The heart and soul of watchmaking is not just about building beautiful, technically advanced machines that will last for centuries. It is also about giving back to the world that supports you – for causes that need assistance. Audemars Piguet does exactly that. With the sale of each Audemars Piguet watch, a designated amount of money goes to fund the Audemars Piguet Foundation, which, since its creation in 1992, has safeguarded forests and related environments around the world. Recently, Chairman of the Board of the Audemars Piguet Foundation, Jasmine Audemars, daughter of Jacques-Louis Audemars who started the foundation in 1992, talked exclusively with ATimelyPerspective about the foundation and its newest cause: support of a farming project in…

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3 World Records Set at BaselWorld 2014 by Bulgari, Graff, TAG Heuer

 |  April 8th, 2014

A few months ago, after SIHH, we brought the three top world records set for timepieces during that Fair. Now, post-Basel, we bring you the three record-setting watches from this year’s BaselWorld 2014.  From ultra thins to ultra shimmer, it was a strong year for world premieres and records. We know you are chomping at the bit for this, so we will just get right to it. But please note– more photos of each watch are at the end of this write up. Don’t miss them. 1)      The World’s Thinnest Tourbillon Movement. Breaking the record here is Bulgari – with the new OCTO Finissimo Tourbillon – the incredibly ultra-thin watch features a tourbillon movement that measures just 1.95mm thin. What’s…

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Only 8 Days Left to See the Cartier Exhibit of a Lifetime (Slide show)

 |  February 7th, 2014

Never before have I simply had to put my camera down and stop taking pictures. But last month, while walking through the Cartier: Style and History exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, I had to do just that.  There simply was no way to capture the incredible heart-stirring exhibition that showcases not only the glamour and elegance of Cartier and the famous people who have worn the brands jewels and timepieces for centuries, but also the incredible impact Cartier has had on style, fashion and luxury. Last month we brought you an inside look at the amazingly beautiful 600-piece display, but we could only show you a small glimpse of the almost-overwhelming exhibit. Now, we bring you a few…

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I’m Back … I Braved the Great Wave and Entered Hyperbaric Chambers for this SIHH 2014 Review

 |  January 27th, 2014

So I survived Geneva.  Thanks to sheer determination to bring my loyal readers the best coverage possible,  I endured the following:   descending into shark infested waters (sort of ) with IWC; entering into a hyperbaric chamber (for real) with Breva ; being transported back in time to the late 19th century (sort of ) with Roger Dubuis; enduring 6:30 am wake-up calls daily (despite a 2 am bedtime); examining thousands  of watches up close and personal  over the course of five days (and loving every minute of it – no pun intended). Let’s start with the SIHH – the exhibition that houses 16 top brands, including all of the Richemont watch brands, as well as Audemars Piguet, Greubel Forsey, Parmigiani…

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