With the release of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, now commercially available, Piaget has raised the stakes in ultra-thin watches – and the question of whether makers have reached the limit of what is physically possible.
Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces
Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.
Having gradually earned the respect of movement constructors, though still held in disregard by purists, silicon components are an integral part of watchmaking today, to the point of representing a competitive advantage.
Setting diamonds free to dance across a dial. The idea was unheard-of until the launch of Happy Diamonds in 1976. Its signature floating stones have spread joy throughout the watch and jewellery worlds for more than 40 years.
Its launch in 2000 was a masterstroke. Cloaked in ceramic, almost always black or white, the J12 continues to reign over Chanel's watch collections. A look back at the story of this iconic watch that is as modern today as on the day it was born.
The eighteenth century's most powerful nations vied to take control of the seas, but lacked one essential instrument with which to calculate longitude: an accurate marine chronometer. The race to build one was fraught with questions of intellectual property and accusations of industrial espionage.
Its uncluttered design and unparalleled legibility have made this chronograph a star of the racing circuit. Fifty-five years after its launch in 1963, the Carrera stands out as TAG Heuer's flagship collection.
Since the late 1800s, Ulysse Nardin has made tourbillon movements a part of its tradition, and continues to master this complication in timepieces that range from classical to the most avant-garde.