Past, Present, Future: Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak 40th Anniversary

Past: Forty years ago one luxury watch brand stepped out on limb, so to speak. It was 1972 when Audemars Piguet unveiled its Royal Oak – the first luxury sport watch in the haute horlogerie world — offered in stainless steel. Heretofore a gold and platinum brand—Audemars Piguet recognized a need for a sporty chic…

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Under the Hood: Audemars Piguet Offers Superb Craftsmanship

Few people have the privilege of walking the hallowed halls of a fine watchmaking brand. Few get to see the amazing craftsmanship and finishing – the countless hours of minute work and superb innovation – that goes into the making of a top-quality movement. I have been fortunate enough to join many a great brand…

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Time Capsules: Commentary – Rolex 24 at Daytona Celebrates 50 Years

Photo by Stephan Cooper.For those who are car lovers like me – yesterday was a highlight day – the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A record number of motorsports fans descended on Daytona International Speedway for this historic anniversary on Saturday, when the Rolex clock counted down to the 3:30 pm start…

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Video – Testing A. Lange & Sohne’s Datograph Up/Down

For a decade now, A. Lange & Sohne has demonstrated the epitome of fine German watchmaking with its exceptional Datograph chronograph with column-wheel control, flyback mechanism and precise jumping minute counter. The alluring harmonious balance of the watch dial is also a great feat, as it packs many functions into a fine look:  the outsized…

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Watch Stops: SIHH — Cartier Does It Again with Animal Dials and Artistic Prowess

Last year, and throughout the past 12 months, we have regularly brought you masterpieces from Cartier – true artisan works that not only underscore the brand’s technological prowess, but also its amazing abilities with the Artistic crafts. This year is no exception.  Among the highlights: the Santos-Dumont XL watch in white gold with an amazing…

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