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The History Of Portuguese Filigree Reinterpreted In A Single Luxury Jewelry Brand: Eleuterio

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Ian and I had the recent pleasure of visiting the high-end Portuguese jewelry brand Eleuterio in northern Portugal, which specializes in a contemporary interpretation of the local traditional art of filigree.

“Filigree” is a word we sometimes use when writing about watches to describe intricate and delicate metal work, whether as decoration in the movement or as stand-alone artwork (the Vacheron Constantin Ottoman Architecture Fabuleux Ornemants springs to mind as a perfect example of the way we use this word in watches). read more

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Orbital Mechanics: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time With “Orbiting” Flying Tourbillon

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What is an orbit? According to NASA, “an orbit is a regular, repeating path that one object in space takes around another one.” The key words there are “in space.”

Newton’s First Law states, “. . . an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” It’s sort of like a merry-go-round, but one with just horses and empty space. read more

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Bringing Patek Philippe’s Universe To New York City For 11 Days In July 2017 With ‘The Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition’

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Patek Philippe has been the brand of choice for discerning collectors and human beings since its founding in 1839. Though modern times and circumstances have created a great deal of competition for the venerable Genevan manufacture, its reputation remains unmarred and its position at the top of the horological pyramid is still undisputed. read more

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Ulysse Nardin CEO Patrik Hoffmann Discusses An Incredible 2017 With America’s Cup, Artemis Racing, SIHH . . . And That’s Just The First 6 Months!

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During the final weekend of the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda, during which Emirates Team New Zealand won the Auld Mug by defeating two-time winner Oracle Team USA, I had the chance to sit down with Ulysse Nardin’s CEO Patrik Hoffmann for a chat about 2017. So far the year has been quite different – and quite successful – for the Le Locle-based watchmaker. read more

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Grrrrrin And ‘Bear’ It: The Slim d’Hermès Grrrrr

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So often Hermès does exactly what you would not expect a luxury watch company to do, even if you already know this Parisian powerhouse stands for the playful and poetic. And the new Slim d’Hermès Grrrrr is a beautiful case in point.

Slim d’Hermès Grrrrr

Like other motifs found on this brand’s artistic, playful timepieces, the Grrrrr’s design originates in a beautiful scarf. The Slim d’Hermès Milles Fleurs du Mexique is another watch whose decorative dial began life as a motif for an Hermès scarf. read more