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HM9 Air Edition (2018 version) – Case designed in 2018 © MB&F
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On the difficulties of case design

Over the past decades, luxury brands, jewellers, passionate entrepreneurs and independent creators have entered the watchmaking world where they have distinguished themselves with truly original case designs.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
6 min read
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Serpenti Seduttori 18k yellow gold © Bulgari
Connoisseur of watches
Meet your metal! (I)

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.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019
5 min read
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Emmanuel Curti, founder of Label Noir
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Label Noir takes customisation to the extreme

Label Noir masters every aspect of watch customisation, both exterior and movement. Based in Geneva, it provides a sui generis service to connoisseurs from around the world who dream of turning an icon into a legend.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Fanny Nicolet
4 min read
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collectionneurs-1-cover
Connoisseur of watches
What Watch Collectors Want (V)

Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). We round off the series with insight from Turonny Fuad, an entrepreneur in Singapore.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Victoria Townsend
5 min read
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Arraw Two-Face © RJ
Trend Forecaster
The kids are alright!

These are happy days for the kidult generation, now that Richard Mille is running a sweet shop, Romain Jerome has donned a villain's cape and H. Moser & Cie. has taken to watering its straps. Welcome to an age of nostalgia-driven watches, horological comforters and some kickass wrist wear. Because we're all just kids at heart.

Friday, 22 February 2019
4 min read
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Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black © H. Moser & Cie
Connoisseur of watches
Traditional to radical: new tourbillons at SIHH 2019

Tourbillons were the hot new complication in the late ’90s and early aughts. At the time, it was impressive enough to show the escapement on the dial, with its twirling carriage and decorated bridge. Nearly 20 years later, tourbillons need to pack a little more oomph to impress potential buyers.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019
5 min read
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Memories-of-the-Alhambra-cover
Trend Forecaster
Product placement in Korean drama

Product placements are a well-oiled marketing technique, but it can take more to convince today's sophisticated audiences than a celebrity wearing a beautiful watch. Breitling is paving the way with the Korean drama, “Memories of the Alhambra”.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Laurent Francois
3 min read
Yellow Sapphire © Hublot
Connoisseur of watches
The very real benefits of synthetic jewels

Auguste Verneuil's groundbreaking discovery in 1892 made synthetic corundum a reality, and transformed watchmaking in the process.

Thursday, 14 February 2019
4 min read
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