By Roberta Naas Not too long ago, we were granted unique access to the all-new, state-of-the-art A. Lange & Sohne watch manufacture in Glashutte, Germany. In the famed Saxony region, where German independent watchmaking thrived prior to the expropriation after World War II, once-strong brands have spent decades re-inventing themselves and coming full circle into the READ MORE
Tucked away in the village of Le Sentier, Switzerland, lies one of time’s best providers: Jaeger-LeCoultre. The manufacture – with more than 200 watchmakers and various artisans — has a rich history of watchmaking and innovative, cutting-edge pioneering that sets it apart from most others and flags it as a benchmark leader. Let’s face it; the brand is just about 17 years shy of its 200th birthday.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Jaeger-LeCoultre and its rare handcrafts department. This is the heart of the artistic repertoire of the brand – the place where the masterful hand enameling, engraving and gem setting takes place. Here we share with you a little insight into how these incredible timepieces are hand crafted and brought to life. READ MORE
If there was ever one moment during our tour of the Audemars Piguet manufacture that encompassed the identity of the brand, it’s when we stood on the second floor of the original manufacture, looking out of the same windows Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet once faced, back in 1875. READ MORE
Behind green tinted glass walls at the Rolex headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland time slows down. Polished wood, brushed steel, and soft carpeting reminiscent of the atmosphere of a bank bring to mind reassuring notions of safety and reliability. It is a fitting environment for Rolex, which, despite being the largest luxury watchmaker in the world, shirks the glare of the spotlight. READ MORE