About Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson, WatchTime’s editor-in-chief, has covered the global watch industry since 1977. Joe is one of the leading watch journalists worldwide and respected as a global authority. He is frequently consulted by the mainstream media on watch matters and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Newsweek International, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The International Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and numerous other publications. During Joe's tenure WatchTime has won several awards and nominations.

RGM Watches: Roland G. Murphy’s American Way

Roland G. Murphy

Making a watch movement in Switzerland is one thing. Making one in the USA is quite another. Just ask Roland G. Murphy, founder of RGM Watch Company. We spoke with Roland Murphy and took an in-depth … [Read more...]


Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

Confiscated Counterfeit Watches

Looking for cheap watches on the internet? Better think twice before making that purchase. In this in-depth expert advice article we explore how sales of these counterfeit watches are hurting both … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: 21 Tidbits About Basel

Basel Muenster Cathedral

In March, 150,000 people will flock to Basel, Switzerland, for the world’s largest watch show, Baselworld. Our gang, of course, will be among them. Because of the frenzied pace of the show, most … [Read more...]


Skeleton Crew: Exploring Armin Strom

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The story of the Armin Strom brand goes back nearly half a century. WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Joe Thompson takes us back in this feature article. … [Read more...]


Cartier Gets Serious: The Evolution of Cartier Men’s Watches

Cartier Geneva Seal caliber

In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and … [Read more...]


The Apple Watch: Pros and Cons

Apple Watches

More than eleven years ago, after Bill Gates personally introduced Microsoft smartwatches at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I wrote a column in WatchTime entitled “Honk If You Want a … [Read more...]


A Look Back: The 3 Biggest Surprises at SIHH 2014

Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon

I know, I know, you are supposed to expect the unexpected. Even so, I did not expect what Baume & Mercier, Greubel Forsey and Cartier unveiled at this year's watch fair in Geneva. Here is a look … [Read more...]


Audio: DeWitt CEO Viviane de Witt

Viviane de Witt

In the November-December 2014 issue of WatchTime, on sale November 18, we profile Montres DeWitt and how founder Jerome de Witt's wife, Viviane, rescued the troubled DeWitt watch brand. In this bonus, … [Read more...]


Audio Exclusive: Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek Talks Smartwatches

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek

The new Apple Watch smartwatch is now a reality, but is it the wave of the future for the watch business? The September-October 2014 issue of WatchTime, on sale September 16, features editor-in-chief … [Read more...]


WatchTime Q&A: Seiko Watch CEO Shinji Hattori on Seiko’s First U.S. Boutique

Seiko CEO Shinji Hattori

Seiko Corporation of America has opened a boutique at 510 Madison Avenue in New York between 52nd and 53rd Street. The official opening was August 19. Seiko has many boutiques in Asia but this is its … [Read more...]


Breguet Sponsors Louvre Restoration

Room Gilbert and Rose Marie Chagoury

Montres Breguet S.A. held a gala dinner at the Louvre Museum in Paris on June 17, highlighting its role as a major sponsor of the restoration of the museum’s Department of Decorative Arts rooms and … [Read more...]


Audio: Excerpts from WatchTime’s Exclusive Interview with Breguet’s Marc Hayek

Marc Hayek CEO of Breguet

WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, features a cover story on Breguet, and its groundbreaking Classique Chronometrie 7727 watch, by editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. The story includes … [Read more...]


SIHH 2014: Piaget Altiplano 900P – Updated with Live Photos

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For more than half a century Switzerland’s Piaget has specialized in manufacturing ultra-thin mechanical watches and watch movements. Now it has produced what it says is “the thinnest mechanical … [Read more...]


Swatch Group & Comco: 10 Key Moments

ETA 2892 movement

As we reported in October, Switzerland’s Competition Commission (Comco) has announced a decision to allow the Swatch Group, Switzerland's dominant producer of mechanical watch movements, to … [Read more...]


Why Did Patek Philippe Create its Own Quality Seal?

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Patek Philippe, the most prestigious firm in the watch world, has thrown down a gauntlet to the Swiss watch industry. After 123 years, the Swiss brand replaced the Geneva Seal with a higher-standard … [Read more...]


COMCO: Swatch Group Can Stop Mechanical Movement Sales in 2020

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Switzerland’s Competition Commission (COMCO) has approved a plan allowing the Swatch Group to reduce gradually sales of mechanical movements to companies outside the group over the next six years, … [Read more...]


In Surprise Ruling, COMCO Halts Swatch Group Escapement Cuts

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Switzerland’s Competition Commission (COMCO) has ruled that it would be “premature” to allow the Swatch Group to reduce supplies of assortments (i.e. the regulating organ of a mechanical … [Read more...]


Million Dollar Club 2012: Watch Advertising at All-Time High

Top Four Watch Advertisers 2012

In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we … [Read more...]


Hermès Dressage

Hermes Dressage watch

La Montre Hermès has updated its Dressage watch for men, expanding the diameter of its traditional tonneau case by 1.5 mm to 40.5 mm. The big news for Hermès is what’s inside: the firm’s first … [Read more...]


Family Values: Patek Philippe’s Thierry and Philippe Stern

Thierry and Philippe Stern of Patek Philippe

Geneva’s Stern family has owned and operated Patek Philippe for 76 years. When it comes to making watches, they say, family matters. Click here to read WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson's … [Read more...]