Heart of gold or will of steel, metals have a personality of their own. And watchmakers know how to handle their various moods, armed with patience and expertise.
Omega has just claimed, ad aeternam, the record for the deepest ever dive. A few weeks ago, Vacheron Constantin climbed to the roof of the world. After Panerai with its commandos or Richard Mille and Rambo, "extreme watches" have it tough.
Patrick Dempsey is rated for his acting talent and as a racing driver at the head of his own team. As a TAG Heuer ambassador since 2014 and watch collector, he has worn the cream of the Swiss brand's timepieces. A diehard fan of James Dean, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, he explains how watches and race cars have a lot in common.
Can you spot the ultimate opal, recognise a malachite, pick your turquoise of choice or know the best pedigree for a lapis-lazuli? Learn to decipher the quality of the gemstones used for watch dials.
Rose gold has been part of the luxury market since the age of Carl Fabergé and Czarist Russia, and has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Why? We analyse.
The "fun" brand of the world's number-one watch group has introduced Nivachron, a titanium-based alloy whose foremost property is to be unaffected by magnetic fields. This economical solution isn't intended to replace silicon but will benefit other brands.
As the writer and producer of Alita, the story of a teenage cyborg with super-powers, James Cameron returns to his favourite genre of science fiction – and the underwater world he cares deeply about.
Could it be the fiftieth anniversary of Man's first steps on the moon that has so inspired watchmakers? This year, brands are pulling out all the stops with a host of watches dedicated to the moon-phase complication. Because what could be lovelier than a moon-struck mechanism?