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Roberta Naas on Getting Personal

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. In the past, if you wanted to customize an aspect of your watch, your options were limited to specially ordered engraving or hand-painting on the dial or caseback. Now, thanks to new technology, some savvy watch brands are taking customization to all new levels. A few years ago, I […]

Cartier Creates New Day-and-Night Complication

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. Ever since Cartier’s first mystery clock in 1912, the mysterious movement has been one of the jeweler’s specialties. This year, for the first time, it adds a day-and-night complication to a mysterious watch. And if that weren’t enough, the timepiece has retrograde minutes, too. At first glance, you’ll be […]

A Closer Look at Innovative Watch Brand Urwerk

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. It can take a few minutes to wrap your head around an Urwerk movement, and for the firm’s co-founders, Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei, that is the point. They deepen the relationship between wearer and watch, and create innovative movements and complications that require you to think, and, in […]

Marking 25 Years of the Royal Oak Offshore

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore model, and the watchmaker is celebrating in a big way. In addition to reissuing the original from 1993 (with a modern, in-house movement), there are two major new watches in the iconic case. First, there’s a grande […]

Roberta Naas on Constant Force

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. Watchmakers are an elite group of perfectionists who toil every day to create the most precise timepieces possible. That quest has led to the unveiling of mechanical watches that feature what may be the ultimate precision concept: constant force. While constant force is not a new concept in watchmaking, […]

Maximilian Büsser on Surrounding Himself with Good People

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. An engineer by trade,Maximilian Büsser, known as Max, is the founder of one of the most futuristic and highly technical independent watch brands in the world: MB&F. The acronym stands for Max Büsser and Friends, because, as he tells Roberta Naas, he could not have developed his loyal following […]

Rolex’s ‘The Unicorn’ Auctions For $5.9 Million

By Arun Kakar

One of the most exclusive Rolexs became the second most expensive in history when it sold for $5.9million at a Phillips auction in May. The 1970 white gold Cosmograph Daytona 6265, dubbed the “The Unicorn”, sold for nearly double its expected $3m at the special “Daytona Ultimatum” themed auction in Geneva. The event was curated by Pucci Papaleo, a scholar […]

H Moser & Cie Launches Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. For those in the know, it takes just a glance at an incredible sunburst fumé dial to recognize it as the work of H Moser & Cie. The independent Swiss brand—known not only for impeccable craftsmanship but also for being a bit of an enfant terrible for its antics, […]

A Closer Look at Grnefeld

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue ofElite Traveler. With familial roots in watchmaking that date back to 1912, the Grnefeld brothers, Bart and Tim, seem to be destined for horology. Before launching their own brand in the Netherlands with a tourbillon minute repeater, they honed their craft at technical schools, then at some of watchmaking’s most prestigious […]

The House of Harry Winston Celebrates Zurich Opening

By Lauren Hill

The revered luxury brand behind the watchmaker who was dubbed the “King of Diamonds” during his lifetime, the House of Harry Winston, has announced the opening of a new salon in Zurich. The new site sits on the city’s prestigious Bahnhofstrasse shopping mile with more than 1,570 sq ft of space to showcase the brand’s jewelry and timepiece collections including […]