Ten Extraordinary New Timepieces

Unexpected, inspiring and innovative wristwatches

With eyes ever-wandering to the whizzes and bangs of the smartwatch world, traditional luxury brands have amped up the wonders defining their own timepieces. To be honest, there’s nothing quite like a watch. Even though people generally look to their phones for the time, wristwatches have honed their value. Less a tool, these are stylish accessories, statement-makers, reflections of personality and desire—and even values. When …

Cartier’s Mystery Clocks Exhibition

19 time-telling art pieces with extraordinary history

A rare treat awaited guests of this year’s prestigious SIHH luxury watch trade show: 19 of Cartier‘s extraordinary Mystery Clocks. Hand-selected by Pascale Lepeu, curator of the Cartier Collection, these time-telling artworks were brought to life between 1912 and 1967 (though, production continues today). These were (and are) pieces made in very limited quantities—with rarity underscored by their quick global sales. In 1973, Cartier’s reacquisition …

Erotic Automation, Freak Vision + Damien Hirst from Ulysse Nardin

An installation and two new timepieces from the Swiss luxury brand all defy expectation

If asked to picture a room housing millions of dollars worth of Ulysse Nardin Swiss watches, or Swiss watches in general, what does your mind see? It’s unlikely that you, or anyone, immediately imagines a dark-walled booth in Geneva, with oscillating oceanic colors filtering through the air and artist Damien Hirst‘s controversial Venetian “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” artworks at the entrance—there to …