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Watch excursions: How to travel across Europe in luxury this year

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Desperate for a trip after a year or extra of pandemic-induced lockdowns?

It’s time to jet off on a Europe-spanning jaunt that mixes spectacular timepieces with luxurious pampering. There is, in spite of everything, no time to waste.


Switzerland

Exterior of the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet.
Audemars Piguet, maker of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph watch in 18-k pink gold (inset), $57,200, is behind the enchanting new Musée Atelier.
Audemars Piguet

No horological odyssey is full and not using a journey to Switzerland, the place there’s a glut of recent pilgrimage-ready websites.

Those embrace the year-old, spiral-shaped Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, designed by Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels, and Omega’s reimagined museum.

An side by side of an Omega watch and an astronaut exhibit at its museum.
Lunar-loving Omega, maker of the Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer watch in Sedna gold, $34,800 (proper), has revamped its Swiss museum.
Omega

The model was the primary to open such a devoted house 38 years in the past; its latest interactive exhibit skitters via the agency’s historical past, together with a walk-in Speedmaster and a sequence of Q-approved devices featured in each James Bond film since “GoldenEye.”

An inset of Jaeger-LeCoultre and its Le Sentier site.
Tour the Le Sentier web site of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the brains behind the Master Ultra Thin Moon watch in steel (inset), $10,300.
Jaeger LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre, in the meantime, has simply launched three-hour excursions and courses for the general public at its Le Sentier web site — select between eyeballing watchmakers up-close as they work and a masterclass on the historical past of Swiss watchmaking. (Or join each and spend a day immersed in the model.)

An exterior of the Woodward hotel.
Rates on the posh Woodward lodge begin at $1,350 per evening.
Claire Cocano

Unwind on the brand-new, suite-only Woodward hotel (from $1,350 per evening) on Lake Geneva’s Quai Wilson. The Haussmann-style constructing, courting again to 1901, has simply reopened after a makeover by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the identical designer who lately remodeled London’s stuffy Savoy into an elegant sizzling spot


Paris

An inset of a Breguet watch over its museum.
Breguet, maker of the Tradition 7097 watch (inset), worth upon request, boasts a museum in its store on Paris’ Place Vendôme.
Breguet

Next, hop to the City of Lights for 2 probabilities to indulge in watchmaking obsessions. Breguet has been tinkering with the museum housed in its boutique on the Place Vendôme because it first opened 21 years in the past; try the most recent treasures on present earlier than a pit cease on the Palais Galliera, which reopens in October.

An exterior of Palais Galliera.
Palais Galliera will as soon as in opposition to host guests this month — together with a everlasting style exhibit.
GM for Palais Galliera

That museum will debut France’s first everlasting exhibit devoted to the historical past of style, thanks to a $6.75 million donation from Chanel. No phrase but on which of the home’s timepieces may make the primary curatorial minimize, however regulate the mannequins’ wrists.

A exterior shot of doormen outside Le Bristol.
Cheerful Parisian doormen usher in visiting company to the newly renovated Le Bristol.
Le Bristol Paris

Stay at one other reborn grande dame, the 161-room Le Bristol (from $1,850 per evening), which simply accomplished its most intensive renovation because it opened in 1925


London

A room inside the Londoner.
Feeling a bit knackered? Crash on the the newly opened 350-room Londoner lodge on Leicester Square.
Andrew Beasley Photography

Make London your first pit cease — e book a seat on JetBlue’s new bargain-priced trans-Atlantic flights, with enterprise class fares from simply $1,799 spherical journey.

Stay on the Londoner (from $471 per evening), a swanky new 350-room landmark on Leicester Square that boasts a pub-inspired restaurant outfitted with greater than 50 small batch gins, and the Residence — a 24-hour visitor clubhouse stocked with drinks, board video games and a devoted concierge.

An inset of a Breitling watch and its townhouse.
Breitling, maker of the Navitimer Automatic 41 watch, $6,250 (inset), lately opened the clubby Townhouse boutique in London.
Breitling

It’s a couple of minutes’ stroll to the most recent watch world must-see, the eight-story Breitling Townhouse, which opened final February. The model’s largest boutique in Europe up to now, it’s extra like a clubby hangout than a traditional retail retailer. Downstairs there’s a customized pool desk, bar and lounge — pepper the in-house watchmaker with any questions over a Negroni or two.

A shot of Chopard's Happy Moon watch.
Chopard‘s Happy Moon watch in 18-k rose gold with diamonds, worth upon request.
Chopard

Don’t miss Chopard’s European flagship on close by New Bond Street, both — it was rebooted two years in the past utilizing native, environmentally conscious supplies as a part of the marque’s eight-year dedication to sustainability.


Tuscany

An inset of a Hublot watch over its shop in Tuscany.
Hublot, creator of the Classic Fusion Chronograph watch, $14,300 (inset), has a store beneath the Tuscan solar.
Hublot

Make this your ultimate cease on a whistle-stop European trip — and take a look at to snag certainly one of Hublot’s limited-edition Mare Nostrum Classic Fusion chronographs.

Launched this summer season, the road references the Roman title for the Mediterranean Sea; every of the model’s boutiques in 5 Med sizzling spots presents its personal unique design, together with the brand new Forte dei Marmi store in Tuscany. (Keep an eye fixed out for jet-setters like Giorgio Armani and the Fiat-founding Agnelli household, who’ve lengthy favored the seaside city.)

An exterior of the Principe Forte Dei Marmi hotel.
Rooms on the Principe Forte dei Marmi begin at $375.
Hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi

Book a room, and a desk, on the Principe Forte dei Marmi (from $375 per evening), a smooth, modernist 28-room lodge with one of the best chef in city — Michelin-endorsed Valentino Cassanelli — and its personal 78-foot yacht accessible to constitution alongside coastal escapes, just like the Cinque Terre.

A side by side of a Panerai watch and a car outside its museum.
The royal blue basic automobile outdoors Panerai’s museum pairs nicely with its Luminor Chrono Bracelet watch, $10,000.
Panerai

Run out the clock with a day journey inland, to tour Panerai’s museum at its Florence headquarters on Piazza San Giovanni, relaunched two summers in the past with new shows — maintain an eye fixed out for a Madame Tussauds-worthy wax likeness of namesake founder Giuseppe.


All watches accessible at London Jewelers, 2046 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, Long Island.

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