A Canadian Watch Collector Hunts for the Unusual

“I look for something unusual,” Dan Tanenbaum, a 45-year-old watch collector in Toronto said about his fondness for timepieces made by independent watchmakers. That kind of quest actually is a big part of his life, from his internet start-ups to his hobby of making mini-motorcycles out of watch parts. Mr. Tanenbaum has been a collector …

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From Van Cleef & Arpels, a Fairy Tableau

For the past decade Van Cleef & Arpels has been honing its Poetic Complications range, a narrative-based watchmaking collection designed for women. As Nicolas Bos, the Parisian company’s president and chief executive, explained: “As a jewelry house, we have been telling stories that we feel resonate with feminine tastes. We have colleagues that create fantastic …

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A Watch Fan in Hong Kong

It was his love of watches that led Sean Li to change careers. The Hong Kong resident, an enthusiastic watch collector, was working as a management and technology consultant in 2009 when a friend introduced him to the publisher of the Singapore-based luxury watch magazine Revolution. The publication had just started a Hong Kong edition …

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Fashion Review: ‘Fight for Art’: Jeremy Scott of Moschino Responds to Donald Trump

MILAN, Italy — Jeremy Scott has been the designer of Moschino since the waning days of 2013, but he remains very much an American in Milan. He lives in a hotel within walking distance of Moschino’s offices on Via San Gregorio; asked to name a favorite Milan restaurant, he couldn’t. (He often dines at the …

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Some Watch Brands Go Shopping for Showcases

For many watch retailers, brands and fans, highlights of the first few months of each year include the industry’s pre-eminent trade fairs: the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, which opens in Geneva this week, and Baselworld, in March. This year, however — in a climate of weak sales, economic uncertainty and growing …

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Vacheron Constantin Introduces Its Most Complicated Wristwatch

Vacheron Constantin has announced the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 — with 23 complications, the most complicated wristwatch the company has ever made. The custom timepiece took five years to develop and follows the 57260 pocket watch introduced by the brand last year. It had 57 complications and has been acknowledged as the …

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Watchmaker’s Work Combines Tech and Tradition

During a watchmaking career that has spanned nearly 30 years, Christophe Claret has wasted little time. As well as creating movements for some 65 companies, including Ulysse Nardin, Girard Perregaux and Harry Winston, he has made some of the world’s most ambitious and complicated timepieces for his own brand. And whether designing for himself or …

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Critical Shopper: Where the Clothes Do Most of the Work

Critical Shopper By JON CARAMANICA I do not think that I was prepared for the mannequins. Earlier this month, I did a crawl of recently opened flagship spaces for the two largest athletic-wear companies in the world, beginning with the new Adidas Midtown location and ending at Nike’s SoHo outpost. It was a symphony of …

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