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A New Face for Time

What does time look like? It has a round face with two hands that go round incessantly. But for creative people, that’s much too easy. And that’s why watchmakers and designers are coming up with entirely new faces and giving the often amazingly

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AHCI: The Tinkerers’ Club

Together they’re a collective of elitists: The most creative and best watchmakers have joined forces in the Academie Horlogére des Créateurs Indépendants, AHCI for short. Svend Andersen, founding member of AHCI, is building the smallest…

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Eternity Keeps Longest

Watch enthusiasts have long since succumbed to the elaborate and additional mechanical functions, the so-called complications. Classics among them include display of the date or the moon phase, while the eternal calendar represents the

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German Made

Precision, mechanics and watch making tradition – we are not speaking of watches from Switzerland, but from Germany. Its rich history of watch making is  ascendant once more: luxury watches made in Germany. Specialty by Jörg Schauer:…

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Haute Horlogerie: Resurrection of a Myth

Haute Horlogerie is familiar with a magic word: it is called manufactory and stands for the highest art of watch making. More and more brands face up to this coming of age and present themselves as young manufactories despite their long and rich

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Luxury Brands: The Stuff of Dreams

What do space travel, airplane construction and the car industry have in common? They all influence watch-making. Luxury brands like to draw their inspiration from other sectors working with new materials both inside and out. Chronograph…

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Perspective Watches

Skeleton watch movements are small chronomatic works of art. Made by hand, they demonstrate the high level of craftsmanship involved in watch making. However, only a few watchmakers master the sawing and filing required to produce these

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Secret of Time

Discretion is everything: ingenious designs conceal watches inside items of jewelry or accessories. The forerunners of these secret timepieces can be found in the annals of watch history. Hidden Rolex: Rolex watch pendant in silver casing…

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Striking Crafts Skill

An old crafts skill in a new light: a touch of nostalgia is evident in the guilloche dials or cases, as they have been popular since the old days. Manufactured by hand, they stand for absolute exclusiveness, while modern technology still does

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The Legend Lives

You can hear them ticking in museums, they have enraptured watch-lovers for decades and at the moment of their inception they created a completely new look: famous classics which have remained timeless, each in their own way revolutionizing

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The Wild Bunch

Their design is racy, their charisma immense and their enthusiasm is catching: young watch brands are kicking up a storm with extravagant ideas and fantastic watches. The rhythm of love: “Too Much” by Roger Dubuis made of white gold with…