Keeping Time With History

The Swiss aren't the only ones with a penchant for horology. Dent & Co., Britain's finest clockmaker, has been quietly earning its place in history for almost 200 years, and this fall the company will offer a collection of wristwatches for the first time in four decades. The watches will range in price from $10,000 to $70,000.

Trusted by the Royal Navy, Dent provided chronometers for some of the 19th century's most famous expeditions, including Charles Darwin's 1831 journey aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. In its heyday, the company held Royal Warrants from British kings and queens, Russian tsars and Japanese emperors....

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