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Take a closer look at some of the most iconic timepieces ever produced and the brands that created these elegant fashion statements.
Long before cell phones and Internet, people relied on the art of fine watches or Horlogerie in order to tell time. Today, only a few exceptional brands continue to produce watches with the same exacting accuracy and standards as the original master watchmakers.
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First developed at the height of the underwater diving craze in 1953, the Submariner has become a favorite of Olympic athletes, everyday gentlemen and even the frogmen of the Royal British Navy. Its unique details are seen in the patented Mercedes hand set, automatic and self‐winding features, rich ceramic bezels and easily adjustable clasps. The only watch tough enough to accompany James Bond into 007 battle, yet elegant enough to have graced the wrists of today’s most fashion-conscious women.
Prior to the establishment of the house of Cartier in 1847, most people had never heard of a wristwatch—instead relying on the traditional pocket watch. Then, the Industrial Revolution changed everything, as people developed a need for an at‐the-ready, precise chronograph. First gifted to war hero, General Pershing, the Tank was originally designed with WWI tanks in mind. Since, its clean, crisp lines and enduring appeal have seduced everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Princess Diana and Yves Saint Laurent.
Patek Philippe’s dedication to high-quality craftsmanship and service left no voids with its Calatrava collection. Traditional and elegant, the Patek Philippe Calatrava was first manufactured in 1932. Named after the Order of the Calatrava, an Iberian order of chivalry during the Crusades, the Calatrava is commonly known as the investment banker or banker’s watch. Its sleek lines, simple hour and minute hands, and precise movements have made it one of the most desired heirlooms and iconic timepieces.