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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; […]

Mr Porter Adds Vacheron Constantin to its Growing Luxury Watch Collection

By Emma Reynolds

Mr Porter is adding renowned watchmaker Vacheron Constantin to its roster of high-horology offerings on September 5. The online men’s retailer, mainly known for its luxury ready-to-wear, will curate 18 watches from the brand’s iconic product families, as well as feature six timepieces from the new Fiftysix collection. From this new collection, the site will offer the Fiftysix Day-Date in pink […]

Celebrating 10 Years of Moritz Grossmann Watches

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Karl Moritz Grossmann, a founder of the Glashütte watch industry in the mid-1800s, is one of the many watchmaking giants to have the rights to his name acquired and used as a brand. So you would not be out of line to wonder what makes Moritz Grossmann watches special. […]

Girard-Perregaux Adds to its Laureato Collection with Five Colorful Timepieces

By Emma Reynolds

Summer is nearly over but Girard-Perregaux wants to keep you chic for your season-ending soirées. After re-launching the Laureato design in 2017 (it was first designed in 1975 by a Milanese architect), the watch has been reimagined with various movements, colors and materials that appeal to both men and women. Its unique octagonal bezel remains the same in this ever-growing, […]

MB&F Launches Certified Pre-Owned Watch Program

By Emma Reynolds

Few watch brands have pre-owned programs, which force their loyal clients to go elsewhere to acquire secondhand watches – and while there are many reputable shops, some are not as scrupulous as MB&F’s Certified Pre-Owned program. The Swiss watch brand, founded by Maximilian Büsser in 2005, recently launched its program, a dedicated part of its website, where clients can purchase […]

Parmigiani Fleurier Launches Montreux Jazz Festival Kalpa Watches

By Emma Reynolds

Few can say they’ve danced under the stars on the shores of Lake Geneva with Grammy award-winning artists. Unless, of course, you’re part of Parmigiani Fleurier’s exclusive group of friends. This year, the Swiss watch marque returned as a global partner to the Montreux Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 52nd annual show, from July 11-13. The show saw the return […]

Par for the Course: Hublot Releases Golf Watch

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Forget scorecards and apps. Hublot is coming for your golf game with a new watch that allows you to count your strokes while out on the links. The cleverly designed Big Bang Unico Golf watch follows the design codes of a chronograph, but uses its pushers to count strokes […]

Wilhelm Schmid on German Precision and Craftsmanship

By Roberta Naas

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. With seven years behind him at the helm of sophisticated and technically advanced A Lange & Söhne, Wilhelm Schmid lets passion drive him as he propels this German watch brand to new heights. Recently he shared his thoughts with Elite Traveler’s Roberta Naas on why this small brand has […]

Roberta Naas on Getting Personal

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite 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 of Elite 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 […]