A Watch That’s Shape-Shifted Its Way Across a Century

When Cartier began making wristwatches in 1904, the Parisian house approached the precise craft the same way it had fine jewelry design 57 years earlier, with an eye toward bold, uniquely geometric designs. After introducing the perfectly square Santos face and the elliptical Baignoire, Louis Cartier sketched the prototype for the Tank watch, reminiscent of … Read more

Takashi Murakami’s Smiling Flower Becomes a Hublot Watch

After collaborating on timepieces with brands like Louis Vuitton and Casio G-Shock, the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami wasn’t interested, at least initially, in creating a watch for Hublot. “It’s a concept I refused many times,” he said in a phone interview. “I thought, ‘I already did that.’” Last year, however, the brand — which previously … Read more

A Women’s Watch Goes Disco

The latest women’s watches from Richard Mille are a zingy tribute to 1970s disco, blinged out with nearly 1,000 gems each. The RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman has 10 models that are limited to seven pieces each (490,000 Swiss francs, or the equivalent of $550,725). “I was in a Studio 54 state of mind — … Read more

Putting a Cartoon on a Watch Can Be Serious Business

In 1984, the celebrated watchmaker Gerald Genta displayed his Fantasy collection of watches at the Montres et Bijoux fair in Geneva. It created a furor. The fair’s managers declared, according to a contemporary report in the Eastern Jeweller & Watchmaker magazine, that such a “serious” exhibition “had no room for mice, panthers (especially the pink … Read more

Tell Your Watch to Hold That Pose

“It is also the sophisticated ‘super fakes’ that are much harder to detect,” Mr. Racine said. “With Origyn’s app, anyone can see if someone is wearing a fake watch,” he said. “It will help the fight by adding social pressure.” The primary attraction of Origyn’s app, Mr. Perriard said, is that it is technologically advanced … Read more