Watch Education: What Exactly is a Perpetual Calendar Watch?

One of the most sought-after complications on today’s watch market is the perpetual calendar. These sophisticated time trackers typically hold calibers with anywhere from 300 to 600 pieces and command prices that range from $25,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on their added functions and adornments. Waiting lists for these watches can run…

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Introducing Thomas Prescher’s Second Watch of the Nemo Series

We’ve written about this ingenious independent watchmaker several times before. Thomas Prescher is a man who follows his own drum beat.  Inspired by Jules Verne’s 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Thomas Prescher began working on a series of Nemo timepieces. The second one now emerges – using his Triple Axis Tourbillon as a base, but…

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Introducing Cartier’s Dial Art

This year Cartier reverts to history  — reinterpreting ancient arts into watch dial formats that leave us all a bit jealous of those who can afford to buy these masterpieces, and – of course — hungry for more. Among the motifs Cartier utilizes this year: Granulation; Cameo work; Sculpting of mother of pearl; Marquetry and…

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Audemars Piguet in Michael Bastian’s Runway Show

Last week, during New York City’s fashion week,  Audemars Piguet was seen on the runway with Michael Bastian – for the third consecutive season. Bastian, named 2011CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, showed his newest collection at Focus: Café Rouge and featured new pieces from Audemars Piguet’s collection on the runway. Among the watches that…

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Maurice de Mauriac’s Barenia Leather Straps

Smooth to the touch, inviting to the eye, intriguing on the wrist – all descriptions of the newest Maurice de Mauriac Barenia leather NATO straps.  These custom made straps for the brand are created in an array of colors – but my favorite is the cocoa-hued strap (unfortunately not shown here) – that is rich,…

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