La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle Earn World Heritage Site Status

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Swiss watchmaking centers La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle have been named UNESCO World Heritage sites. The neighboring towns, with populations of about 37,000 and 10,000 respectively, are located in the canton of Neuchâtel. Many leading watch brands have headquarters or manufacturing facilities in the area, including TAG Heuer, Breitling, Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin, Corum, Ebel, Patek Philippe, Cartier, and Jaquet Droz. La Chaux-de-Fonds is also home to the Musée International … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre: Master Grande Ultra Thin in Black

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is launching a new Master Grande Ultra Thin with a black dial. It is being delivered to retailers as this is written. The 40mm Master Grande Ultra Thin is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 896 with small seconds, which belongs to the 899 generation of new movements. Made up of 242 parts, it measures only 3.98 mm thick, and it incorporates the features of the brand’s new automatic calibers: the variable-inertia balance ensuring the constancy of the rate and enhanced … [Read more...]

A Rose Gold by Any Other Name…

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An oft-discussed topic among watch aficionados - and one that arises for us reporters each year during Basel and Geneva - is what differentiates rose gold from pink gold from red gold. I’ve been looking into how the brands use these terms, and this year, as in the past, the answers I come away with are: Everything. Or nothing. Clear? … [Read more...]

Franc Vila’s Unique Piece for Only Watch

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Franc Vila unveils his unique piece for the Only Watch auction: the first fully black watch in the "Cobra" collection. Cobra timepieces are created for aficionados of extreme sports. Built to withstand dives to 300 meters, the Cobra line was conceived for intense water activities. The automatic movement provides chronograph and big date functions. … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Launches Reverso Squadra Lady

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Two years after the advent of the Reverso Squadra for men, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a collection dedicated to women. The boldly styled Reverso Squadra Lady offers two faces, a fast and easy to use strap-change system, a wide array of materials, a classic design and the sparkle of diamonds. There are two lines with two case sizes: a smaller feminine size and a more generously proportioned model that will appeal to women wishing to sport a watch that catches the eye at first glance. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Celebrates New Film “It Might Get Loud”

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On June 24 Parmigiani Fleurier hosted an after party following the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ rock and roll film documentary "It Might Get Loud," featuring guitar legends Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. Parmigiani was involved with past Sony Pictures Classics films including “Rachel Getting Married” and “Jane Austen Book Club.” Most recently, Parmigiani presented Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker with timepieces in recognition … [Read more...]

25 Arrested in Harry Winston Paris Robbery

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The Associated Press is reporting that French police arrested 25 suspects in connection with last year's multi-million dollar robbery at Harry Winston jewelers in Paris. Police recovered some of the stolen watches, rings and necklaces, as well as shoulder weapons and $345,000 in cash. The robbers, some dressed as women and wearing wigs, had grabbed $118 million worth of loot a few weeks before Christmas at the store on a fashionable street off the Champs-Elysees. The robbery lasted only a few … [Read more...]

Inside Basel/Geneva 2009 Debuts in San Francisco

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Inside Basel/Geneva 2009 got off to a great start in San Francisco Tuesday night June 23. A sell-out crowd of almost 150 watch collectors and enthusiasts from as far away as Illinois, Oregon and Washington gathered at the upscale City Club for an evening of shared passion and enjoyment. Guests began arriving ahead of the 6 p.m. start time for an opportunity to see the latest creations from San Francisco sponsors Lange, IWC, Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, Carl F. Bucherer and Montblanc. Guests were … [Read more...]

Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive

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For 2009 Seiko has re-engineered the Sportura collection. Familiar elements like black dials, anti-reflective sapphire crystals and red and orange accents remain, but the designs have been refined. The collection includes 9 new creations using quartz and Kinetic calibers. The Kinetic Direct Drive model shown here is the leading model in the line. … [Read more...]

Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm Titanium

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Panerai's Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm Titanium is the latest descendent of the legendary Luminor. The distinctive case shape and lever bridge are retained, but otherwise, new features abound. The watch is fitted with a C.O.S.C.-certified automatic movement, caliber OP XII, with 27 jewels, decorated oscillating weight and bridges, a 46 hour power reserve, and Incabloc shock protection. … [Read more...]

Just Say the Word: Pronouncing Tough Watch Terms

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Parlay voo fransay? If not, you may be having a helluva time pronouncing many common watch terms. That’s because French isn’t just the language of lovemaking, it’s also the language of watchmaking. Here’s a pronunciation guide for some hard-to-say watch terms (two of them, “tachymeter” and “telemeter” aren’t French, but they’re so often mispronounced they may as well be). … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tourbillon Continents

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is well known for its enamel artistry, and for 2009 the Manufacture launches two new series illustrating two traditional enamel techniques – grand feu and champlevé enameling – on two timepieces in the Jaeger-LeCoultre collection: the Master Minute Repeater and the Master Grand Tourbillon. We will focus on the latter - the Master Grand Tourbillon Continents. … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Diver Perpetual Limited Edition

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Ulysse Nardin's Diver Perpetual Limited Edition combines the best of 2 popular worlds: rugged, oversize dive watches and easy-to-set perpetual calendars. UN's was the first perpetual that allowed all displays to be set forward or backward, including backward across midnight, using only the crown. UN's large date places the numbers on the same level for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. … [Read more...]

Hamilton Ventura XXL: Blue Hawaii for the 21st Century

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2010 would have been Elvis's 75th birthday, and to mark the occasion, Hamilton is producing two new versions of the Ventura, made famous by the King in his 1961 movie "Blue Hawaii". One commemorative model is a quartz-powered replica of the original. My focus will be on the second piece: the cool XXL Edition. The styling has been updated with larger dimensions, a gunmetal PVD case, and a perforated dial that lets the automatic ETA 2824-2 movement see a bit of sunlight. … [Read more...]

Wyler Tourbillon WT3: The First Poinçon du Jura Watch

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Wyler Genève's WT3 Tourbillon is the first timepiece to be produced under the new Poinçon du Jura quality label. To meet the Poinçon du Jura criteria, a movement must be 100% Swiss made, and at least 90% of the components must be made in the Jura – the heart of Switzerland’s watchmaking industry. The movement must also be produced by a company that is independent from any watchmaking group. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Launches Final “Les Masques” Series

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Vacheron Constantin organized an elegant evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York as part of the inauguration of “African and Oceanic Art from the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva: a Legacy of Collecting”, an exhibition dedicated to the masterpieces from the Barbier-Mueller family collection and supported by Vacheron Constantin. 250 guests enjoyed dinner and witnessed the world-first presentation of the 4 latest “Métiers d’Art Les Masques” timepieces. … [Read more...]

Handcrafted Time ’09 Exhibition This Week in Bern

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A special exhibition of handcrafted, complicated timepieces is being held this week at the Time Gallery, Brunngasse 58, 3011 Bern, Switzerland. Twelve well-known watchmakers and brands will display their timepieces: Vianney Halter, Miki Eleta, Pita Barcelona, Thomas Prescher, Romain Gauthier, Svend Andersen, Louis Moinet, Angular Momentum, Cabestan, Hautlence,and Mathias Fuchs. … [Read more...]

New Colors for the Alpina Extreme Diver 1000 Meters

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Last year Alpina launched its Extreme Diver 1000 Meters. For Spring/Summer 2009, Alpina introduces four new dials: Yellowtail, Orange Sunset, Côte d'Azur and Black Ocean. The Extreme Diver 1000 Meters has a 48mm black PVD steel case with a unidirectional rotating bezel displaying a luminous minute indication. The bezel measures elapsed time in minutes for the first fifteen minutes and then in ten minute segments after that. A luminous triangle marker highlights the 12 o'clock position. … [Read more...]

Downturn Batters Watch Industry

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The evidence is mounting that the long and bitter global recession is taking a severe toll on the Swiss watch industry. With demand for watches down nearly everywhere, Swiss watch firms are cutting production and jobs. So far this year, Swiss watch firms have laid off more than 1,000 people, according to Swiss press reports. … [Read more...]

Vincent Perriard Steps Down as Concord Global President

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Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) announced today that Vincent Perriard, Global President of Concord, will leave the company. The Concord brand was re-launched with bold new designs in 2007 and their C1 Quantum Gravity Tourbillon won the design award at the 2008 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve. Concord will continue to develop the Quantum Gravity and the C1 collection. … [Read more...]