From left: Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey, £17,700; Boucheron Epure, £14,450; Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph, £5,900; Bremont Supermarine Type 301, £2,995; Rolex Cellini, £14,250; TAG Heuer Autavia, £3,900

The wish list

Watches with wow factor

The real secret of Swiss watch craft: apprentices

Lots of people argue about what makes the Swiss watch business different. I think I’ve met the answer

One’s watch

Even queens wear Patek Philippe, says William Cook

Apple Watch with mother

Stuff your fancy earrings…this gift makes Caroline Bondy look cool to her kids

The Wish List

Timeless watches

Right on time

Beware being fashionably late or you may start losing your invitations

A restored Perrin Frères pocket watch that began Michel Parmigiani’s career

The art of restoration

Luxury watch restorers have moved into creating their own high-end models

How to buy pre-owned watches

The timepiece market is booming… here’s how to find a bargain that will hold its value

Big Ben, 1959

Ding Dong!

In the 21st-century world of hand-held infotainment devices which pack more computing power than the space rockets of yore, the…

Patron Saints

The Spanish Steps; the Trevi fountain; the old Cinecittà studios on the outskirts of Rome; 12 galleries of the Uffizi; Tintoretto frescoes…

Vallée de Joux

Cows and clockwork

In a cosy attic above Junod, Lausanne’s oldest watch shop, there’s a museum which charts the story of Switzerland’s obsessive…

Clockwork culture

The watch world’s enthusiasm for selling products by linking them with dangerous sports is well known — diving, driving, flying,…

Hands on

Ewan McGregor caught the tinkering bug from his grandfathers. One of them, on his father’s side, was a motoring obsessive…

Striking again

In a studio above the Clink prison museum near London Bridge, Richard -Hoptroff shows me his latest invention: the world’s…

Simpler times

The first time I saw an Ochs und Junior watch was on the wrist of my Swiss friend Fabian. It…