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Turn your watches and clocks ahead by one hour at 2:00 this Sunday morning for the start of Daylight Saving Time. (Photo: R. Naas)

OK folks, get your wallets out. Today — June 19 —  is National Watch Day. That’s right … National Watch Day. I believe its origin lies with Nordstrom, which — about four years ago — coined the term. While the original concept was to celebrate the history and design of watchmaking, it was truly most…

ATimelyEvent: You will want to be in NYC this weekend to witness Girard-Perregaux’s Museum Masterpieces

By Dara Hinshaw Girard-Perregaux cross-shaped pendant watch, circa 1870, yellow gold and enamel, with a cross-shaped movement.We gathered in the Girard-Perregaux Boutique on Madison Avenue, munching on breakfast treats and awaiting the arrival of the masterpieces from the Girard-Perregaux Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. They had just arrived this morning, and were still being unpacked.…

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A Moment in Time: Top Chef Eric Ripert

Recently, in New York City, the renowned high-end Parisian seafood restaurant Le Bernardin, where famed chef Eric Ripert curates an exquisite menu, reopened with much fanfare. Ripert has worked as a chef since he was 17 years old, when he began at a famous restaurant in Paris (La Tour d’Argent).  At the age of 24,…

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Watch Stops: Pre-SIHH – Piaget Unveils the Phoenix (and Dragon)

In an exciting new collection that, unfortunately, most likely won’t make its way to the US market, Piaget has created the mythical dragon and phoenix in a stunning series geared for Asia. We had the privilege of viewing these pieces recently in Geneva in Piaget’s workshops and they are definitely collector items! Here’s a quick…

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Time Capsules: News – SIHH Sneak Peeks at watches coming in 2012

Baume & Mercier booth at SIHH 2011Those in the know in the watch world know that the Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is just around the corner. In January, this by-invitation-only exhibition takes place in Geneva and it is the backdrop for the unveiling of the newest timepieces from some of the world’s foremost…

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Time Capsules: Commentary — Fun Facts about the Birth of the Wristwatch

FoCartier Tank Watches, ca 1940sr those of you who are history buffs or those interested in a little more fun information to pack in to your thought processes about watches, we are bringing you a little insight into the just-over-a-century-old wristwatch era. Sure there are a few prior “watches for the wrist” on historical record…

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News: Christie’s Geneva Auction of Important Timepieces Acheives Multiple Record Prices – Would you pay $2.3 Million for one watch?

In Geneva the Christie’s Auction of Important Timepieces spanned nine hours in length, with buyers from 39 countries participating. The result was record breaking. The top two lots sold for more than $2 million each and six lots sold for more than $1 million. The top lot was a rediscovered pink gold Patek Philippe wristwatch,…

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Watch Stops: Pre-SIHH – Audemars Piguet Says Happy Birthday Royal Oak with Open-worked Ultra-Thin Limited Edition

The year was 1972. No, this is not about flower power or other 70’s era memories. This is about the legendary Gerald Genta designing the daring and bold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch – a luxury sport timepiece that wowed the world with its magnificent steel case and gold price.  The Royal Oak was an…

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Weekend Sojourn: Writing in Style – Montblanc’s new Custom-made Nib

Ever wish you could write with a fountain pen without all the scratching, leaking and other little annoyances that often go along with use of this treasured instrument? Now you can. Montblanc has developed a tailor-made computer software program to analyze one’s hand writing and create a bespoke fountain pen Nib – custom made according…

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Time Capsules: Commentary – 11 11 11 – Veteran’s Day and More … Check this out

It really is all about the timing and this year we will experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11,  1/11/11,  11/1/11, and 11/11/11 – today. Today is also Veteran’s Day — a time when Americans celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all veterans.  Thank you to those who have served. But the 11/11/11 date is not the only…

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Video: Witness the new Blancpain X Fathoms

Recently unveiled in Dubai, the newest addition to Blancpain’s admirable Fifty Fathoms watch line is aptly named the X Fathoms watch. The world premiere concept watch is considered the most extreme timepiece the brand has ever built. The watch combines dive characteristics of its 1953 namesake, and combines them with a mechanical depth gauge. This…

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