2009 June

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


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 … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre: Master Grande Ultra Thin in Black


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 … [Read more...]

A Rose Gold by Any Other Name…


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 … [Read more...]

Franc Vila’s Unique Piece for Only Watch


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 … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Launches Reverso Squadra Lady


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 … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Celebrates New Film “It Might Get Loud”


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 … [Read more...]

25 Arrested in Harry Winston Paris Robbery


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 … [Read more...]

Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive


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. … [Read more...]

Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm Titanium


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 … [Read more...]

Just Say the Word: Pronouncing Tough Watch Terms


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 … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tourbillon Continents


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 – … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Diver Perpetual Limited Edition


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 … [Read more...]

Hamilton Ventura XXL: Blue Hawaii for the 21st Century


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 … [Read more...]

Wyler Tourbillon WT3: The First Poinçon du Jura Watch


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 … [Read more...]

Vacheron Launches Final “Les Masques” Series


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 … [Read more...]

Handcrafted Time ’09 Exhibition This Week in Bern


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 … [Read more...]

New Colors for the Alpina Extreme Diver 1000 Meters


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 … [Read more...]

Downturn Batters Watch Industry


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 … [Read more...]

Vincent Perriard Steps Down as Concord Global President


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 … [Read more...]

Steve McQueen’s Rolex Brings Record $234,000


Steve McQueen's Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 brought $234,000 including buyer's premium at Antiquorum's summer sale in New York City yesterday, setting a world record for that reference. Another McQueen … [Read more...]

June 12 “How It’s Made” TV Show Features Blancpain


Blancpain and the Le Brassus Manufacture will be featured in How It's Made 6: Luxury Watches (episode 8). The episode will air on the Science Channel Friday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Tune in to see … [Read more...]

La Ligne Bleue by Jaquet Droz


Jaquet Droz announces a series of five timepieces, each produced in a limited edition of eight pieces. These unique watches share beautiful dials created using the Grand Feu enameling technique to … [Read more...]

Original Rolex Milgauss Tops $110,000 At Auction


An original Rolex Milgauss Ref. 6541 produced in 1958 brought more than $113,000, including buyer's premium, at today's Bonhams auction of fine wristwatches in London. The watch, Lot 139, was … [Read more...]

Concord Adds New C1 Chronograph Models


Concord is adding 5 new models to its C1 Chronograph line: rose gold on a brown alligator strap, all black with a carbon fiber dial, the steel and white C1 Pure, anthracite gray, and orange highlights … [Read more...]

Bell & Ross Launches BR01 Airborne in Paris


On Tuesday June 9, Bell & Ross launches its new limited edition BR01 Airborne at Colette, the Parisian fashion and style boutique. BR01 Airborne watches will be exclusively available at Colette … [Read more...]

Carl F. Bucherer’s In-House Outrunner Caliber Goes to Work


In July, 2007, Carl F. Bucherer acquired its long-time movement collaborator Techniques Horlogères Appliquées SA and renamed it Carl F. Bucherer Technologies SA. The team got to work straightaway, … [Read more...]

Patrizzi & Co. Only Watch Sale – Monaco

Unique watches from leading manufacturers will be auctioned in Monaco with all proceeds going to support research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. … [Read more...]

Christie’s Auction – Dubai

Jewels and watches … [Read more...]

Antiquorum Auction – Geneva

  Important collectors' wristwatches, pocket watches, and clocks … [Read more...]

Inside Basel/Geneva – Dallas

On October 1 in Dallas, WatchTime and Jeff Kingston team up to bring you all the highlights of the 2009 Basel and Geneva watch fairs, combined with a wonderful dinner, a chance to meet industry … [Read more...]