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A Closer Look at Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Patek Philippe dedicates countless hours to preserving uncommon artistic métiers in its ultra-exclusive collection of clocks and watches — Rare Handcrafts. Many pieces are never seen in public; they pass nearly directly from the workshop to the client’s hands. CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL Patek Philippe creates only a handful of beautiful dome […]

Richard Mille Opens Flagship Boutique in NYC

By Emma Reynolds

US fans of Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille can now rejoice as the brand has officially opened the doors to its flagship boutique in New York City. The 4,200-square-foot space is Richard Mille’s largest boutique to date, and is something that took over ten years to find, according to Richard Mille. As he knows, good things take time. So when a […]

The Debut of Romain Gauthier’s Micro-Rotor Lady Timepiece

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Brands often turn a men’s watch into a ladies’ watch by shrinking the case size, swapping a mechanical movement for a quartz one and adding diamonds to the bezel. What’s more, few independent watchmakers even consider creating a ladies’ watch because they don’t believe there is a market for […]

A Closer Look at Ressence’s Technological Watches

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.  The brightly colored dials at Ressence appear to be smartwatches at first glance, but don’t let their fun displays fool you. These timepieces pack serious technological chops—one won the Horological Revelation Award in 2013 at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the most prestigious awards in the watch industry. […]

The New Breed of Women’s Watches

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.  No longer an afterthought, more brands are introducing ladies’ watches with dedicated mechanical movements, and some are even introducing new calibers in ladies’ timepieces, meaning men will be the ones waiting. Bulgari Divas’ Dream Minute Repeater To celebrate its 100th anniversary of jewelry watches, Bulgari combines jewelry artistry with a […]

Panerai Unveils the Anticipated L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon During a Dinner with Elite Traveler

Panerai waited for the perfect moment to unveil its L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT watch in the US, and that moment was at The St. Regis in New York on October 10, exclusively at a private dinner for the Elite Traveler audience. Upon entering a private room, spectacular centerpieces of spinning Panerai watches were on […]

Elite Traveler Celebrates Top 50 Watches for 2018

On Wednesday, October 10, Elite Traveler hosted an evening of cocktails and canapés in celebration of its Top 50 Watches list, which was featured in the September/October issue. Industry leaders, watch collectors and friends of the magazine gathered in a private room at The St. Regis in New York to mingle and sip on cocktails provided by Glenmorangie and Clase […]

Baume & Mercier Creates Automatic Baumatic

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Developing an in-house movement is a prestigious milestone for any watch brand. Throughout the years as it considered creating one, Baume & Mercier decided that if it were to make the investment, it wouldn’t be simply for the sake of having one; it would need to address some of […]

Aurel Bacs on the Romance of Vintage Watches

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Responsible for many recent record-breaking auctions, Aurel Bacs, senior consultant to Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo, tells Elite Traveler why he thinks watch collecting is undergoing a Renaissance. Dear watch collectors — quo vadis? If I knew where you were going, I wouldn’t be writing these lines, […]

L’Epée 1839 Looks to the Sky for Latest Design

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. After collaborating on several wildly inventive clocks with independent Swiss watch brand MB&F — including giant spiders, robots and spaceships — venerable clockmaker L’Epée 1839 looks to the sky with its latest creation, the Hot Balloon. And it’s not just inspired by the shape of a balloon in flight; […]