Meet the People: A Dozen of the Wealthiest Swiss Watch “Families” Today, and How I Know Them

Some of the wealthiest Swiss watch families and individuals are worth billions.

  Sure, Forbes has its billionaire lists and its highest-paid athletes/CEOS/celebs lists, but they don’t have the list that is currently out and circulating of the richest people in the Swiss watch industry. The wealthiest Swiss watch families include names we are all too familiar with, including Rupert, Hayek, Stern and Scheufele. Here we bring…

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A One-Minute Look at the Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Retrograde 7097 (video)

Just a couple of days ago, Breguet created a beautiful video to showcase the craftsmanship and high technology of the brands  Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097, which was first  launched at Baselworld last year and which is still being made.  Crafted in 18-karat while gold, 40mm  Tradition 7097 is open worked to deftly show off the bridges, wheels,…

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May Auctions Prove Investment Value of Watches, Jewels

  Well a lot happened on the way to the forum, so to speak. This month’s auctions are keeping us crazy busy — and are demonstrating yet again the value of the timepiece. Before the next round of auctions gets underway, we want to bring you a few highlights that may perk up your idea…

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Presenting the Sound and Story of the Breguet Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon as Seen in Baselworld 2016

Just last year, Breguet unveiled its first Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon (Ref. 7087). While the watch was exceptional, the brand opted to return to the drawing board to perfect the sound and performance. This year at Baselworld, Breguet unveiled the new, finalized version — which should begin making its way to retail later this year.…

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How Complicated Watchmaking Transcends Time Thanks to Breakthrough Thinking

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…

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Five Great Pilot Watches (Great Holiday Gifts for those Inspired by the Sky)

From the Battle of the Bulge to infinity and beyond, the pilot watch has been an integral tool in the history of aviation. Highly engineered, innovative watches traveled with trailblazing aviators Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, broke the sound barrier with test pilot Chuck Yeager, and even made it to the moon with Neil Armstrong.…

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