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Michael Jordan’s Watch Collection

Michael Jordan’s Watch Collection

Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball of all time with a net worth of over $2+ Billion dollars has been seen wearing a number of timepieces over the years made by Rolex, Panerai, IWC, Cartier, A. Lange & Söhne as well as more extravagant brands like Roger Dubuis, Audemars Piguet, Ulysse Nardin, Richard Mille and Urwerk.  Read More ...

Ronaldo Wears The Most Expensive Rolex Retail Watch the GMT Master II “Ice” Ref. 116769TBR

Ronaldo Wears The Most Expensive Rolex Retail Watch the GMT Master II “Ice” Ref. 116769TBR

Ronaldo wore the the Rolex GMT Master II “Ice” Ref. 116769TBR at the Dubai International Sports Conference on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The Ice watch is the most expensive retail priced at $485,350. While other Rolex watches have sold for more, such as the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona which sold at an auction for record Read More ...

New Deep Dive World Record by Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional

New Deep Dive World Record by Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional

In May 2019 Omega set a new world record for the deepest dive in history with the with the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional to a depth of 10,928m / 35,853ft.  The dive occurred with the Five Deeps Expedition team lead by Victor Vescovo who singlehandedly piloted the DSV (Deep Submergence Vehicle) Limiting Factor Read More ...

Baselworld 2019, tourbillons by Greubel Forsey and H. Moser & Cie

Baselworld 2019, tourbillons by Greubel Forsey and H. Moser & Cie

Baselworld 2019 from March 21 – 26 showcased a number of new horological timepiece introductions from Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tag Heuer, and Breitling to name a few.   Baselworld is the world's foremost show for watches, jewellery, precious stones and related industries. Two exclusive pieces are the Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon GMT and the H. Moser & Read More ...

SIHH 2019 Highlights – Greubel Forsey, F.P. Journe, Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Sohne, Hermès

SIHH 2019 Highlights – Greubel Forsey, F.P. Journe, Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Sohne, Hermès

  Between January 14 and 17, 2019, with 35 exhibitors, including the arrival in 2018 of Hermès, Armin Strom, DeWitt, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, élégante by F.P.Journe and Romain Gauthier, the 29th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) fair attracted both trade visitors and members of the public.  Below are some of the Read More ...

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual

  Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual  in White Gold is the brand's fifth multi-axis tourbillon.   The watch comes in a Blue Enamel guilloché dial  REF.52534E1 or Silver dial REF.5253420 and represents the quintessence of the art of watchmaking, right down to its edition number. Produced in a limited series of 18 editions, this masterpiece of precision and Read More ...

Nordgreen Watch Review – Hands On

Nordgreen Watch Review – Hands On

The new brand Nordgreen is making a splash in the watch scene with a fresh spin on the timeless Scandinavian minimalist design.  The brand had tremendous success raising $250k as one of the top 10 most successful fashion projects on Kickstarter ever in Europe. Nordgreen presents three principles: "Scandinavian Design", "Affordable Prices" and "Giving Back".  Following Read More ...

Are there any luxury watches around $200?

Are there any luxury watches around $200?

A visitor to watch-rankings.com asked the question in the comments on whether there are any luxury watches under $200.  We felt that this question was interesting enough to write the answer up as an article. Let's examine the definition of "luxury".  Google defines it as "the state of great comfort and extravagant living" and "an Read More ...

Which watches to have in a 2 watch luxury collection?

Which watches to have in a 2 watch luxury collection?

For a 2 watch luxury collection, which two brands should I have?  Whether you're new to luxury watches or a collector who wants to scale back, which are the two watches or watch brands that should be had? The answer is as follows: the first should be Rolex and the second a Patek Philippe.  Good Read More ...

Baselworld 2018 – Corum Golden Bridge Joachim Horsley

Baselworld 2018 – Corum Golden Bridge Joachim Horsley

Corum and Joachim Horsley came together to create a unique watchmaking composition, which was unveiled at an exceptional show at the Folies Bergère in Paris on 15 February. This major international event lifted the veil on the Golden Bridge made to measure by Corum in his honour.  Part of a strictly limited edition, this piece Read More ...

Poll Results: Which is your favorite Basic Luxury Worldtimer Watch?

Poll Results: Which is your favorite Basic Luxury Worldtimer Watch?

As world travel increases, worldtimer complications are becoming more essential and practical.  Besides practicality, worldtimers look very sophisticated even if the travel is just the commute to the office.  Wearing a worldtimer looks classy with a suit or accompanied by a pair of jeans and a T-Shirt. A worldtimer looks different than a diver such Read More ...

DeWitt – Academia Endless Drive for SIHH 2018

DeWitt – Academia Endless Drive for SIHH 2018

Dewitt introduced the new Academia Endless Drive watch at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2018.  It features an endless screw as the dial’s signature element which is fixed so that it can’t move longitudinally as it rotates.   The hours and minutes are indicated with two discs located at 9 and 3 o’clock that rotate Read More ...

Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon

To celebrate the 2018 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie de Genève (SIHH), Girard-Perregaux unveils a true technological and aesthetic revolution, the Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon REF: 99830-21-000-BA6A which epitomizes the contemporary approach to horological complications adopted by the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux.  Crafted in titanium so as to chime with greater intensity, this 48 Read More ...

Greubel Forsey QP à équation with Rhodium-Coloured Gold Dial

Greubel Forsey QP à équation with Rhodium-Coloured Gold Dial

Winner of the 2017 Calendar Watch Prize is the Greubel Forsey QP à équation watch which displays the seasons, equinoxes, solstices, equation of time, date, day, month and four-digit year – perpetually.  Released initially in 2015, new in 2017 the QP à équation sports a Rhodium-Coloured Gold Dial with a list price of approximately $685,000.  It Read More ...

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Watch winner of the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix (GPHG)

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Watch winner of the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix (GPHG)

The Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Watch won the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix in the 2017 annual Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de 5Genève (GPHG) watchmaking event (full list of winning watches here).  It took Chopard approximately 17,000 hours to develop the COSC-certified, double barrel movement with a 60-hour power reserve and slipping springs Calibre 08.01-L. As the Read More ...

Zenith Defy LAB – New Monolithic Silicon Oscillator Movement

Zenith Defy LAB – New Monolithic Silicon Oscillator Movement

Presented by Zenith as "The most precise mechanical watch ever" the Defy collection introduces an evolution in the watch movement world with Caliber ZO 342.  Zenith invented a new single-piece oscillator that replaces the traditional hairspring/balance wheel assembly. It oscillates at a frequency five-times greater than the standard mechanical timepiece which allows for the higher precision. Read More ...

Paul Newman Rolex Sells at Auction for Record $17.8 Million

Paul Newman Rolex Sells at Auction for Record $17.8 Million

On October 26th, 2017 Paul Newman's personal Paul Newman Daytona Rolex reference 6239 sold for a record-breaking $17.75 million including the buyer's premium ($15.5 million at the hammer), making it the newest most expensive wristwatch ever sold.  The auction was held by the Phillips Auction House in New York City and the winning bid went to an Read More ...

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 2017

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 2017

The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (Ref. IW392101/IW392103) is the first watch from IWC to combine the well-known mechanical chronograph with a perpetual moon phase display on a subdial in a new complication module. The moon phase is displayed by a disc, partly silver- or gold-plated, partly dark blue, which rotates to show the shadow Read More ...

Grand Seiko in 2017. The next step forward.

Grand Seiko in 2017. The next step forward.

The brand Grand Seiko was launched in 2010 under the parent company Seiko.  Grand Seiko watches were positioned as Luxury watches and achieved a respectable status in the watch industry. Earlier this year Grand Seiko has positioned itself as an entirely separate and independent brand. On all the creations going forward the Grand Seiko logo will Read More ...

Czapek & Cie unveils Place Vendôme “Lumières” at Baselworld 2017

Czapek & Cie unveils Place Vendôme “Lumières” at Baselworld 2017

Czapek & Cie's unveiled the new Place Vendôme, "Lumières" collection at Baselworld 2017 named after the famous square in Paris where François Czapek, spiritus rector of the brand, opened a boutique in the mid-nineteenth century, assumed to be the first haute horlogerie boutique ever on this world famous square. The first line of watches in the collection features Read More ...

Vacheron Constantin – Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

Vacheron Constantin – Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

Vacheron Constantin introduced the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 at the SIHH 2017.  Priced at around $1 million this astronomical grand complication revives the 18th century tradition of Geneva's "cabinotiers", highly specialised watchmaking artisans working under the rooftops and creating authentic bespoke masterpieces. The one-of-a-kind Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 combines astronomy and the watchmaking Read More ...

New Most Expensive Watch is the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 at $11 million

New Most Expensive Watch is the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 at $11 million

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Geneva Watch Auction Four sale in Geneva set a new record over the weekend of November 12, 2016 for a wristwatch at auction for the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in stainless steel, a rare perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phases.  The watch sold to to a private collector Read More ...

Goldman Sachs Elevator explains the hierarchy of watches on Wall Street

Goldman Sachs Elevator explains the hierarchy of watches on Wall Street

Business Insider ran an article Goldman Sachs Elevator explains the hierarchy of watches on Wall Street in which they argued that there is a correlation between watches and career levels.  They suggested that:    Interns would be best suited to wear a Rolex Oyster ($6,000) or an Omega Seamaster ($4,000). Analysts should wear a Rolex Read More ...

3 in 1 – Wrist Watch, Pocket Watch and Table Clock – the Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar by Bovet 1822

3 in 1 – Wrist Watch, Pocket Watch and Table Clock – the Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar by Bovet 1822

The versatile 45.5mm Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar by Bovet 1822 can transform from a regular wrist watch to a pocket watch and also to a table clock.  It presents two distinct faces on its emblematic case. The first face displays the hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve, as well as all the indications relative to Read More ...

78 Jewels, Sapphire Case, 237 Hour Power Reserve by 4N

78 Jewels, Sapphire Case, 237 Hour Power Reserve by 4N

In the 4N SAPPHIRE PLANET François Quentin, founder and designer of 4N wanted to bring an evolution in the design of the watch 4N MTV-01 across a new case in Sapphire.  Other watches done with Sapphire cases are the Richard Mille RM056 Black-SV and Red-SV, Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire, H. Moser & Cie. SFr1 Million Venturer Read More ...

Tourbillon of Tourbillons by Antoine Preziuso

Tourbillon of Tourbillons by Antoine Preziuso

Watchmakers are continually striving to perfect the tourbillon, notably by improving its rotation system. The tourbillon is a remarkable technical accomplishment – and a ‘visible’ complication that never ceases to fascinate. This tiny cage, revolving like a planet (in the 18th century, the word ‘tourbillon’ referred to the movement of the stars), also enables the Read More ...

Poetic Complications by Van Cleef & Arpel

Poetic Complications by Van Cleef & Arpel

Van Cleef & Arpel trademarked the term "Poetic Complications" which consists of certain elegant but loosely horology-related complications.  The French watchmaker specializes in jewelry and subsequently adorns its time pieces with expensive jewels.  The addition of poetic complications such as the Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux Watch (lover's bridge) which has a man and a woman meet at Read More ...

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor: astounding 4 balance wheels

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor: astounding 4 balance wheels

It took Roger Dubuis watchmakers over 7 years to create the Excalibur Quator with the RD101 movement which has an astounding 4 balance wheels set an an angle. So why four?  Grégory Bruttin, Director of Movement Development explained that they found that four is the perfect number needed to compensate gravity in each three dimensional position. Read More ...

Ultra Luxury Watches That Don’t Tell The Time

Ultra Luxury Watches That Don’t Tell The Time

In his H8 - Flying Sculpture and H9 - Reduction watches, Haldimann has taken horology to the ultimate level - to the point where the watches don't tell time.  Why?  Just because... in some narcissistic vainglorious dimension these time pieces are not about telling time. Watch hands were left out in the H8 in favor of focusing Read More ...

One of the most beautiful watches in the world

One of the most beautiful watches in the world

In LEROY's LIMITED SERIES is one of the most beautiful time pieces in the world - the Les Grandes Heures Jewellery L110/10.  Adorned with 425 "invisible set" diamonds totaling over 9.5 carats the watch is absolutely spectacular. On the business end nestled in all those diamonds is a flying tourbillon with variable-inertia balance with four gold setting Read More ...

Wearing a Watch as a Status Symbol

Wearing a Watch as a Status Symbol

Watches have been a status symbol ever since they were invented. It once took a king’s purse to afford even a modest timekeeper. If you pulled a pocket watch out of your coat in 1750 you were one hell of a big deal. Fast forward to today and things are different, but in some ways Read More ...