We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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How Does a Legend Reinvent Itself? Ask Patek Philippe. Introducing the New Nautilus and the New Annual Calendar

 |  March 31st, 2014

A legend in its own rights, Patek Philippe has been the benchmark for watchmaking for 140 years. This year, in fact, marks the brand’s 140th anniversary. With that comes a host of celebrations and exciting new product unveilings. Several are so complex that we will delve more deeply into those in the coming weeks. For now, we just want to bring you two new legends from Patek Philippe. While many of the company’s collections can be called icons, a couple stand out. Among them: the Nautilus. It was in 1976 that the brand was searching for inspiration for its water resistant watches. Turning to the porthole shape of a ship’s windows, the brand unveiled the world’s first Nautilus watch in…

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More than $5 Million Raised for Only Watch –but Only One Brought in Big Bucks – Patek Philippe Titanium Watch Steals the Show

 |  September 30th, 2013

If you were off enjoying the weekend – good for you. We tweeted and posted on facebook a variety of results for the weekend’s Only Watch 2013 auction held in Monaco – in which 33 unique timepieces were donated by brands and offered for sale to bidders around the world in support of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The results seemed a bit disappointing to some of the brands – especially those that got less than the desired amount. For buyers of those timepieces – Congrats on the great buy. Not surprisingly, the one watch that fetched the highest price was a Patek Philippe. Interestingly enough Patek Philippe was the leader in the 2011 auction as well. That year, the brand’s watch…

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3 Top Women’s Moon Phase Watches

 |  September 5th, 2013

The moon has been a symbol of romance and eternity for countless generations, which may be why so many watch brands are putting effort into the development of specialty watches that depict the phases of the moon in ever more creative renderings. Moon-phase timepieces operate via a small disk within the mechanics of the watch. The disk, often painted enamel or even lapis lazuli for added allure, rotates slowly, showing the waxing and waning moon cycles in a visually arresting fashion. Often, these watches feature stars and diamonds on the case or bezel for a little extra shimmer. Here, we single out three shining examples combining time and tide.  (See gotham-magazine for more.)

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Antiquorum Only Watch 2013 Sneak Peek

 |  July 30th, 2013

It’s official: Antiquorum —which every other year sponsors the Only Watch auction — has a super hot lineup of one-of-a-kind watches to be auctioned off on September 28 at the Only Watch 2013 charity event in Monaco.  This year 33 watch brands have donated to the cause, wherein all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy to help finance research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Participating brands in this important auction: Backes & Strauss, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Chanel, Chopard, Chronoswiss, Christophe Claret, Corum, Cyrus, deLaCour, De Bethune, DeWitt, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, Harry Winston, Hublot, Ikepod, Jaquet Droz, Julien Coudray, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, Montblanc,  Patek Philippe, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis,…

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