How Complicated Watchmaking Transcends Time Thanks to Breakthrough Thinking

 |  January 14th, 2016

Watch pundits of today often lament that all we create in watches now are throwback references to the past.  In fact, today’s watchmaking complications – freely defined as anything additional on a timepiece above and beyond the “simple” time indication – not only reflect the mechanical genius of generations ago, but also – and more importantly – reflect the genius thinkers of today and even tomorrow. Centuries ago, great watchmakers such as Abraham-Louis Breguet, Antoine LeCoultre and Adrien Philippe – among others – developed monumental inventions in watchmaking that brought us the keyless winding watch and even the tourbillon escapement (a device that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity on the watch in certain positions.)…

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Watch Collectors, This is For You: The Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Midnight Blue

 |  May 18th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Aside from the perfect piece of carry on luggage, the dual time zone watch is the perfect travel companion for the business professional. Let’s be honest, looking unfettered while traveling across three times zones, keeping track of meetings across the globe and knowing the kids’ bedtime back home is challenging on the best of days. Well, with the release of the Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three Midnight Blue, the plane ride from JFK to Heathrow just got a lot more elegant. Maîtres du Temps was founded in 2005 by watch veteran Steven Holtzman, and is based in La Chaux-du-Fonds, Switzerland. The concept of the brand revolves around bringing together watch masters to collaborate on creating new and…

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Claret’s Newest Game Watch – POKER — Will Keep You Up at Night

 |  January 19th, 2014

The latest addition to Christophe Claret’s trilogy of gaming watches is the Poker – unveiled here in Geneva today at a press conference that reinforces the genius behind Claret’s thinking and craftsmanship and takes interactive haute horologerie to a new level. The 45mm watch – which offers Texas Hold’em poker — houses a sophisticated mechanism that enables three players (plus the house) to play the world-famous game of Poker.  The only problem is that with this game,   unlike the lyrics from Kenny Rogers’ famed song The Gambler: “You got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away and know when to run“–you just won’t want to run – you want to play and play.…

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5 Top Watchmaking Complications

 |  October 17th, 2013

Watch brands often refer to timepieces as having simple or complex complications. Generally every function of a watch that is in addition to its timekeeping role is an added complexity.  Essentially a complex watch offers added information and data. The more extra functions, information and data packed into a timepiece, the more complicated it is.  There are several important complications, however, that are considered complicated watches right off the bat. 1 – Perpetual Calendar. A watch in which the calendar indications such as the date, weekday and month, are indicated and have been built in such a way as to account for short months and leap years and automatically adjusts the date accordingly. 2- Tourbillon. A watch that eliminates the…

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New Diane Kruger Film Unveiled with Jaeger-LeCoultre

 |  May 7th, 2013

Yesterday in New York City, at the Loft and Garden atop 620 Fifth Avenue, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated its 180th anniversary in style. With the brand was ambassadress and amazing film star Diane Kruger (whom we had the privilege of  interviewing her here on video first last year). With Kruger, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils its newest collection of women’s complex timepieces, and offers the concept to women of re-inventing themselves time and again – much like Kruger does in the many roles she plays on film and television. To this end, the brand has created a fabulous film with Kruger and the brand’s many watches as the stars – showing the growth from childhood to teen to woman and all the many facets of…

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