Editorial

Our In the Metal editorials share first-hand experiences with watches that have been tried and tested by our editors. By contrast, our Point of View articles provide fresh and unique viewpoints regarding certain timepieces, collections or certain developments inside the watch industry. Meanwhile, First Look editorials will give you the facts, as well as points to consider, regarding brand new pieces. Finally, A Closer Look will take things a step further, diving deeper into the details.
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35 Years of Frederique Constant with CEO Niels Eggerding 

It’s a blisteringly hot day in Geneva. Even within the cool stone walls of the luxurious Beau Rivage Hotel, and despite its breezy terrace looking out onto the lake, I am fairly sure that a good half of the guests…

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A Closer Look: The Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planétarium – A Universe on the Wrist

Even for those who think they have already discovered everything in the fascinating world of watches, here’s a truly astonishing piece. The Midnight Planétarium by Van Cleef & Arpels from 2014 is not only an extraordinary men’s watch, but also…

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A Tale of Two Companies: How did the Louis Vuitton x Akrivia LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie Come About?

When it comes to the LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie, it’s a tale of opposites: an artisanal workshop tucked away in Geneva and the largest luxury lifestyle brand on the planet, coming together as one. When Louis Vuitton x Akrivia announced that they would be…

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Man of the Hour: Rexhep Rexhepi Shares the Story of the Louis Vuitton x Akrivia LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie

Louis Vuitton and Geneva-based watchmaker Akrivia surprised the watch world with their recently announced collaboration that resulted in the majestic LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie. You can find a detailed report on the timepiece and the collaboration between the two brands…

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Keeping Up with Panerai: A Catch-Up with CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué

In Italy, la mia famiglia is the most important thing in life – food is a close second. Powerful blood lines such as the Florentine Medici and Roman Orsini families have historically dominated art, religion and politics across the centuries. Even today, generations of Italian families…

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A. Lange & Söhne: Craftsmanship in its Purest Form

A Lange & Söhne is proof of the fact that automobile culture and rare wristwatches come together particularly well when the collectors of both categories are not the ostentatious type. A good example of this can be found at the…

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King of Elegance – 24 Hours in Milan with Cartier

On a balmy summer evening at the end of September, the first guests are arriving at Milan’s Cartier boutique on Via Monte Napoleone in the city’s luxury district. We take the glass elevator with its own doorman to the fourth…

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Swatch x Blancpain: A Concept with a Future?

When Swatch announced its unprecedented collaboration with Omega last year, it triggered criticism, curiosity, but above all, surprise. Surprise that Omega, a brand that usually stands for watches in the higher-priced segment, was launching a significantly more affordable watch. The…

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Let’s Talk Jump Hour Watches: Van Cleef & Arpels’ Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs

At the British Museum in London, not too far along from hallowed halls housing Egyptian mummies and Ancient Greek amphoras, there is a Clocks and Watches Room, with artefacts dating from 1300 AD to the present. From decorative domestic clocks…

Omega’s Man of the Ocean: Victor Lance Vescovo

Victor Lance Vescovo is a special person in many ways. While visiting the Greek island of Mykonos for the 75th anniversary of the Omega Seamaster, Swisswatches met this titan of a man; slender as a whip, with a white beard…

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Omega Seamaster Summer Blue: Celebrating 75 Years of the Seamaster

The Swiss watch manufacture celebrated a summer festival of superlatives on the trendy Mediterranean island of Mykonos. This summer, Omega celebrated 75 years of the Seamaster, honouring the anniversary of the model with the introduction of no fewer than eleven new…

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Unlocking the Treasure Trove:
Swisswatches Visits Cartier’s Métiers d'Art 

A vast structure of concrete and glass forms Cartier’s manufacture in the UNESCO World Heritage Site watchmaking town of La Chaux-le-Fonds. Across the panes of glass, which reveal only the subtlest glimpse into the world of watchmaking on the other side, the unmistakable cursive Cartier logo spreads…