The Work Bench: Patrik Hoffmann, CEO of Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Stranger Music Box Watch

Ulysse Nardin was established in 1846 and had an illustrious history in chronometers, which it still honors to this day. The modern incarnation of Ulysse Nardin pole vaulted into action when Rolf Schnyder purchased the company in 1983. Enlisting the services of Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, a true genius who is ... Read more

A Giraffe, a King and Christophe Claret’s Soprano


In 1826 after more than 350 years, the first giraffe stepped off the boat into Paris, a gift to Charles X from the Viceroy of Egypt. The giraffe became a phenomenon in Europe with people traveling far and wide and paying large sums to witness this towering but graceful animal. ... Read more

The Watch Bench: Richard Mille

RM 52-01 Skull

Established in 2001, Richard Mille is a young brand, an infant in an industry that has companies established for hundreds of years. And yet in that time, Richard Mille has had a huge impact. A trailblazer in the field, Richard Mille went outside the traditional horological world, incorporating materials used ... Read more

Conrad Shawcross Takes a Trip in Metaphysical Time


The earth is itself one big time clock. Though we have divided the day into 24 hours, the earth moving around the sun determines the duration. The sundial was one of the first timekeepers to capture this rotation, showing the passing hours of the day with a raised pointer that ... Read more

The Story of the Housekeeper and the Most Complicated Lange & Sohne Pocket Watch Ever

Lange & Sohne Movement Number 42500 After Restoration

It’s a collector’s dream to find a watch gem that no one even knew existed. When one surfaces, the discovery causes great excitement not only because of the possible value, but also for the contribution it makes to horological history.  Witness the Stephen S. Palmer Grand Complication  we showed you ... Read more

Something From the Files of the Weird and Wonderful

“Malizia” by Angelo Brotto

Christie’s London is having what they’re calling an “Out of the Ordinary” sale and the 155 items going up on the block certainly qualify for the category. In fact thumbing through the catalogue is like roaming through the tents of an old time circus. The curators have put together a ... Read more

Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige: When Watchmaking and Bellbottoms Converge

Vacheron Constantin 1972

In the last few years, it’s been a trend for brands to dip into their archives and re-release models. After all, heritage plays a big part in marketing. If you’ve been around for over a century and have innovations and icons along the way, why not brag about it?  Sometimes  ... Read more

The Beat Goes On

TAG Heuer Mikrograph

Without the balance wheel and balance spring there wouldn’t be accurate timekeeping. Together with the escape wheel they are collectively called the escapement and regulate the energy flow traveling from the mainspring through the gear train. The unwinding and winding of the balance spring rocks the balance wheel through a ... Read more

Heavy Metal: The Rock-and-Roll of Watch Cases

Gold hallmark-on-swiss-pocket-watch

What exactly does it mean when you see a watchcase hallmarked with 22k, 18k, 14k or 10k, besides a difference in price? Karats (k) are not to be confused with carats (c), which are a unit of weight for gemstones. Used for precious metals, karats represent the purity of gold ... Read more

Enter the World of Luxury Through Richemont’s Creative Academy

Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’art, from the Florilege series

The luxury and art worlds are very desirable places to work, surrounded by fine and beautiful objects. Sure, you can study Art History or Antiquities at a traditional university. But, sitting in a classroom doesn’t give you practical experience. The most valuable learning occurs when you get access to working ... Read more