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Never again lament that there’s not enough beauty in the world.

Print Edition: August 23, 2009

Never again lament that there’s not enough beauty in the world. You’re looking at a Breguet Classique Grande Complication with a pink gold case, 85 jewels and 570 components in all, and at the back, a hand-engraved representation of the solar system.

By any token, it’s a masterwork, the kind of creation you’d expect of Breguet, a watchmaker so storied it has created time pieces for Napoleon, Churchill and Rachmaninov over the years. And maybe you’re next.

In this month’s cover package, we celebrate watches like the one above, the rotating tourbillons, the overcoils, the balance wheels.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand the lingo, we have a dictionary to see you through. And if the slowdown has taken its toll, fear not, we have some more affordable options along the way. It’s time your wrists were given a bit of respect.

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