Ever since I saw this Minerva Pythagore at the manufacture in Villeret I was on a hunt – only more than 5 years later I found one – in my backyard!

Jerôme de Witt’s creations are for the open-minded, seasoned collectors, for those who value a look behind the obvious – as the Academia Mathematical shows

Paul Gerber is perhaps the most subtly ironic watchmaker – always ready with a charming watchmaking twist – such as this ‘bi-nique’ Cal. 41 wristwatch with switchable jumping/permanent seconds and triple rotors

A token for the *other* side of Hublot’s recent story: the Classic Fusion Flying Tourbillon of 2006

A watch at the apex of an eminent manufacturer, the Patek Philippe 5004A Split-Seconds Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is as eclectic as it is miraculous

Some ultra-fine simple timepieces irrestably burst of watchmaking content, and the Roger Dubuis Hommage ‘Condottieri’ is certainly one of them

With Girard-Perregaux making not only its movements, but also cases, bracelets and buckles in-house, the Classique Elegance is a truly thoroughbred watch

The Daniel Roth Double-Faced Tourbillon Ref. 187 has that heft, solidity and old-world charm – masterfully illustrated with photography by Ming Thein

Also, a splendid reminder to a time when in-house movements were really exotic – particularly if they were of tonneau shape and exceeded more than one-week power reserve

Meet the personal choice of the late Mr Roger Dubuis