BEST of the BEST 2015: Christophe Claret Maestoso

BEST of the BEST 2015: Christophe Claret Maestoso

The revival and modernization of antique watchmaking styles has become increasingly popular in recent seasons. Although there are many impressive examples of this trend, the best of these is the new Maestoso (from $166,000) from the complication specialist Christophe Claret. With a trans­parent openwork dial arrangement and clean, contemporary lines on its case and chapter ring, the watch certainly does not have the appearance of a historical replica; however, the movement’s features are historically inspir…
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BEST of the BEST 2015: Christophe Claret Maestoso

BEST of the BEST 2015: Christophe Claret Maestoso

The revival and modernization of antique watchmaking styles has become increasingly popular in recent seasons. Although there are many impressive examples of this trend, the best of these is the new Maestoso (from $166,000) from the complication specialist Christophe Claret. With a trans­parent openwork dial arrangement and clean, contemporary lines on its case and chapter ring, the watch certainly does not have the appearance of a historical replica; however, the movement’s features are historically inspir…
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The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches Are Crazy Thin

The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches Are Crazy Thin

The Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has been at the forefront of miniature-movement design since 1907, when it created what was then the world’s thinnest pocket-watch movement, measuring just 1.38 mm thick. Continuing with this tradition, the company recently introduced new variations to three watches from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin collection.

The newest Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon ($71,500) trades the previous watch’s rose-gold case for a white-gold one. The 11.3 mm–thick watch’s nam…

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The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches Are Crazy Thin

The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches Are Crazy Thin

The Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has been at the forefront of miniature-movement design since 1907, when it created what was then the world’s thinnest pocket-watch movement, measuring just 1.38 mm thick. Continuing with this tradition, the company recently introduced new variations to three watches from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin collection.

The newest Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon ($71,500) trades the previous watch’s rose-gold case for a white-gold one. The 11.3 mm–thick watch’s nam…

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The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches Are Crazy Thin

The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches Are Crazy Thin

The Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has been at the forefront of miniature-movement design since 1907, when it created what was then the world’s thinnest pocket-watch movement, measuring just 1.38 mm thick. Continuing with this tradition, the company recently introduced new variations to three watches from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin collection.

The newest Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon ($71,500) trades the previous watch’s rose-gold case for a white-gold one. The 11.3 mm–thick watch’s nam…

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The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The new De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl is the latest addition to the Swiss watchmaker’s collection of horological homages to ancient culture, joining 2012’s Ninth Mayan Underworld and 2013’s DB25 Imperial Fountain watches. Named after the mythical feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, believed to symbolize unity and govern the cycle of time in Mesoamerican culture, the watch features a solid-gold dial crafted by the engraver Michelle Rothen. The dial depicts a stylized aerial view of the Aztec ruins at Tenochtitlan, M…
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The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The new De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl is the latest addition to the Swiss watchmaker’s collection of horological homages to ancient culture, joining 2012’s Ninth Mayan Underworld and 2013’s DB25 Imperial Fountain watches. Named after the mythical feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, believed to symbolize unity and govern the cycle of time in Mesoamerican culture, the watch features a solid-gold dial crafted by the engraver Michelle Rothen. The dial depicts a stylized aerial view of the Aztec ruins at Tenochtitlan, M…
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The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The new De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl is the latest addition to the Swiss watchmaker’s collection of horological homages to ancient culture, joining 2012’s Ninth Mayan Underworld and 2013’s DB25 Imperial Fountain watches. Named after the mythical feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, believed to symbolize unity and govern the cycle of time in Mesoamerican culture, the watch features a solid-gold dial crafted by the engraver Michelle Rothen. The dial depicts a stylized aerial view of the Aztec ruins at Tenochtitlan, M…
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The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The New De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl Art Watch Pays Tribute to Aztec Culture

The new De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl is the latest addition to the Swiss watchmaker’s collection of horological homages to ancient culture, joining 2012’s Ninth Mayan Underworld and 2013’s DB25 Imperial Fountain watches. Named after the mythical feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, believed to symbolize unity and govern the cycle of time in Mesoamerican culture, the watch features a solid-gold dial crafted by the engraver Michelle Rothen. The dial depicts a stylized aerial view of the Aztec ruins at Tenochtitlan, M…
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Six Watches from Baselworld that Eschew Complicated Design for Clean Elegance

Six Watches from Baselworld that Eschew Complicated Design for Clean Elegance

Visitors to the annual Baselworld watch and jewelry show are often bowled over by the sight of so many exotic complications, though these watches only rarely make it to the cases of most retailers. The debuts that are more likely to land on collector’s wrists are often simpler fare. These watches often have fewer distractions from their aesthetic mission, leading to original designs that are clean and eye-catching. Here are six timepieces from the fair that exude simple elegance. 

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