Baselworld 2019: Watch Case Developments

Five striking selections with unusual shapes and materials

There’s no guarantee in the watch world quite like a case—the portion of the timepiece that holds it all together. It’s a protective container for the movement within (regardless of whether it’s automatic or Quartz). Most frequently, cases are simple circular, square or rectangular shapes designed to prevent damage to the innards first and foremost. But these five watches, seen at this year’s Baselworld watch …

Mondaine Honors the 75th Anniversary of the Swiss Railway Clock

Time-telling tools from an independent brand known for impeccable design and equal precision

Whether you’ve traveled through Switzerland and seen it in real life or not, the Federal Swiss Railway clock is an icon of modern time-telling. In the years since its 1944 release, it has achieved a particularly beloved place in global design recognition. Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) engineer Hans Hilfiker imagined the original—which would come to represent the precision of the transport system—but since 1986, Swiss watch …

Baselworld 2018: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon

Ultra-thin, uncommonly light and with an unexpectedly good acoustic quality

All eyes may be on Bulgari for their groundbreaking Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic—which sets three watchmaking records as the world’s thinnest automatic watch, thinnest automatic tourbillon, and thinnest tourbillon—but at this year’s Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, another model from the Octo series captivated for different technical developments. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon also claims a record as the world’s thinnest minute repeater—an …