We owe the world time display on the Patek Philippe Reference 5230 (and indeed on other high-end world time watches) to a 1953 patent by Louis Cottier, a watchmaker from Carouge, who succeeded in displaying on a watch dial the notion of coordinated universal time devised by Sandford Fleming.
The design, artistry and workmanship balanced at a Patek Philippe is peerless. Patek's instances, by way of instance, say it all: they may appear simple in their overall implementation, but Patek takes no shortcuts. Among a few other watchmakers, cases are cast and machine-finished, often in an outside
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon The first watch made entirely out of carbon and the thinnest ever minute repeater actually sounds pretty good, and that’s something of a surprise. Where minute repeaters are concerned, thinness is not usually an advantage. Decent volume needs decent… volume, and the world’s
The Ref. 5531R in rose gold, that was unveiled at Baselworld 2018, is the world’s first World Time minute repeater that always strikes local time. All other minute repeaters with 24 time zones systematically strike home time even if they and their owners are far away from home. The
For Baume & Mercier, Chopard and Hermès, the interchangeable nature of the Linea, Happy Sport and Heure H straps is well established and each new season brings new creations flaunting a whole new colour palette. Other brands have however succumbed more recently to the vogue of interchangeable straps. A
In the Patek Philippe’s latest campaign to promote its more technical side, Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe, explains that innovation can “open the door to new ways of thinking” and that "it demonstrates the imagination of Patek Philippe". His eyes, tired from witnessing the plebs go about their lives
The annual calendar and the chronograph are two very useful complications, but putting them together creates a big challenge: chronographs usually have at least two subdials to record the elapsed hours and minutes, and the annual calendar requires separate displays for the day, date and month. With a case
It is a unique combination of sports appeal and technical sophistication, ruggedness, and the ultimate in watchmaking artistry – with the discreet elegance of a white-gold case and the utility of a calendar that automatically recognizes the number of days in each month as well as the periodically recurring