Review: A Closer Look at the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières: Cities of Light On the Wrist

 |  July 19th, 2017

  The new Metiers d’Art Villes Lumieres collection from Vacheron Constantin is a new series of watches whose dials feature nocturnal portraits of great cities from an aerial view. The dials of these watches are created using  a fusion of two eclectic art mediums, Grand Feu champleve enameling and hand applied precious powder, a technique mastered by Japanese artist Yoko Imai. As for the inspiration, an areal view of iconic cities at night highlights the level of artistry accomplished in…

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Jaquet Droz Unveils ‘Year of the Rooster’ Petite Heure Minute Watch for the Chinese New Year

 |  December 12th, 2016

It’s around the corner — the Chinese New Year begins on January 28, 2017, and rings in the year of the rooster.  In celebration, certain watch brands unveil timepieces dedicated to this 10th sign of the Chinese zodiac. Jaquet Droz is one such brand and this morning the company released its newest renditions — two dial versions and four final choices of the limited edition  Year of the Rooster Petite Heure Minute watch. Jaquet Droz Petite-Heure Chinese Fire Rooster  As in…

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Inside Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rare Handcrafts Atelier (Dial Painting, Gem Setting, Technology)

 |  June 13th, 2016

It isn’t every day one gets to visit one of the top-tier Manufactures — but I have been lucky enough to visit Jaeger-LeCoultre twice in one year.  The brand, tucked away in the village of Le Sentier, Switzerland, has a rich history of watchmaking and innovative pioneering that sets it apart from most others and flags it as a benchmark leader. In our article on HauteTime, we bring you a close-up look at the Manufacture, check it out here. Meanwhile, we want…

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Louis Moinet Uses Meteorites, Dinosaur Bones and Other Treasures for Rare Artistic Watch Dials

 |  June 3rd, 2016

A lot of reference has been made in the horological community about some of the exotic materials being used in the design of high-end time pieces. While we are as big a fan as any others about the latest carbon compound being forged into a watch, there are certain elements that evoke a sense of timelessness that give pause. Such is the case with dials made of meteors, rare woods, exotic stones — and Louis Moinet is a master at these…

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8 Amazing “Year of the Monkey” Watches Celebrate the Chinese New Year (Slide show)

 |  February 8th, 2016

If you look back though the past month, we have brought you a close up look at several of the amazing new watches unveiled to celebrate today’s Chinese New Year. This year, the year of the Monkey, honors the clever monkey, whose job it was to guard the Imperial garden of peaches — said to give eternal life. Instead, the smart monkey ate the peaches — and today is a symbol of good luck and long life. Top watch brands…

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