Tourneau Trains Students for Careers in Watchmaking

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When the average person thinks “watchmaker”, they picture an older man in a white lab coat working in the mountains of Switzerland. Watch retailer Tourneau is challenging that image with a program that gives disadvantaged kids in New York City a chance at a watchmaking career. Company executives gathered recently to recognize the program’s newest group of graduates. … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Rolex Daytona, Sky-Dweller, Milgauss and Oyster Perpetual Live Shots

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At Baselworld 2014, Rolex presented new versions of several timepieces, including the Daytona, Milgauss, Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual. Check inside for live images of and prices for these new models.   … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: New Rolex GMT-Master II with “Pepsi” Bezel

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Traditionalists rejoice: the GMT Master with a red and blue “Pepsi” bezel – the watch that graced the wrists of the Concorde test pilots - is back, and it's better than ever. Bringing it back wasn’t as easy. The new bezel is as much a technological feat as it is a return of an aesthetic icon. The complex process for creating Cerachrom bezels, and some basic rules of chemistry, conspired to make the rebirth a challenging process.   … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Zenith El Primero Lightweight Chronograph

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Zenith previewed a pre-production version of the El Primero Lightweight  at SIHH, and now at Baselworld, the brand unveils the final product. Significant changes include a decision not to include the Striking 10th complication, which in turn lowers the final price by about $3,000. Find images, complete details and technical specifications inside. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Harry Winston Z8 Dual Time & Opus Updates

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The Z stands for Zalium, a zirconium-based alloy that is lighter and harder than titanium, and exclusive to Harry Winston. While this latest Z-series piece continues past traditions, one significant aspect is new: the movement is supplied by Blancpain, and, like Zalium, it is exclusive to Harry Winston. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Breguet Ultrathin Tourbillon and Tourbillon QP

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Previewed at Baselworld 2013, Breguet’s Classique Tourbillon extra-plat automatique makes its official debut this year in platinum. This piece sets the mark as the thinnest automatic-winding tourbillon on the market. The movement is a mere 3 mm high, and the case is 7 mm thick. Breguet also showed a two versions of a magnificent tourbillon with perpetual calendar. One has a traditional dial, and the other is fully skeletonized.  … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: The Doors Open

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Wednesday March 26 was press day at Baselworld. Only exhibitors and journalists were allowed in. Thursday, the show opened to retailers and general public, and the crowd waiting to get in was large. Once inside, visitors were greeted by  beautiful booths the size of small buildings. Here are some quick shots taken in the minutes after the show opened. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: HYT H2 Tells Time with Blue Fluid

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Last year HYT launched the H2, the brand’s latest in hydro-mechanical timepiece. This year we’re treated to new aesthetic enhancements, including a striking new model with blue blood in its veins. For the uninitiated, HYT uses fluids and complex micro-mechanical control systems to tell time in an entirely unique way. Let’s dive in. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret Maestoso with Live Images

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Christophe Claret’s latest superwatch features a unique traditional pivoted detent escapement with constant force and a cylindrical balance spring. The movement incorporates three patented developments. The entire watch - case, hands and all the parts of the movement, including the balance spring – was designed, manufactured and assembled in Claret's workshops. This is the ultimate in in-house. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Live Images of Patek’s New Booth

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2013 saw the debut of the newly remodeled Hall 1 at Baselworld, as well as new booths for most of the brands. So everyone noticed when Patek Philippe did not update their booth. The reason soon became clear - they were saving the new booth for this year, which marks the brand’s 175th birthday. Today is press day at Baselworld, and we have some quick live images of Patek’s new Baselworld HQ.   … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Breva Génie 02 Air – Updated with Live Images

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Last year at Baselworld Breva burst upon the horological scene with an excellent first effort - the Génie 01, featuring the world’s first mechanical weather station for the wrist. For 2014 Breva follows up with the sequentially named Génie 02 Air, a 100% Swiss-made timepiece created with award-winning movement constructor Jean-François Mojon of  Chronode. Find the complete technical details and price inside. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Peter Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon

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The Magister Tourbillon is both a new timepiece and the first watch in a new collection from independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin.  The Magister Tourbillon incorporates several visual cues from Speake-Marin’s very first timepiece – a handmade pocket watch with tourbillon known as the Foundation Watch, which featured the same blued steel hands and tourbillon cage with topping tool motif. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: 10 Things to Know

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Over the next few weeks you’ll be reading quite a bit about Baselworld. What is Baselworld exactly? Why is it so important? What happens there? Can I go? For the answers to these and more questions, read on. We’ve put together a list of 10 watch-centric FAQs, complete with images taken inside and outside the main hall, so you'll have all the basic facts about the huge show that gets under way this week.    … [Read more...]

Audio: Excerpts from our Interview with Arnold & Son Watchmaker Sébastien Chaulmontet

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In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below for audio excerpts from Disher's one-on-one interview with the man behind the watch, Arnold & Son's head of movement development, Sébastien Chaulmontet. … [Read more...]

Photo Gallery: Touring the Luxury Booths of SIHH 2014

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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which took place last week in Geneva, is probably the world's most exclusive international watch fair, with an invitation-only guest list. As we did last year, WatchTime wanted to give our readers and diehard watch fans a peek inside those hallowed halls of horology, courtesy of these exclusive photos by our own Mike Disher. Click below to begin the tour... … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Zenith Pays Tribute to the Wright Brothers

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This year Zenith honors the Wright brothers with a watch issued in a 1,903-piece limited edition: the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT 1903. Of course 1903 is the year Orville Wright successfully flew the appropriately named “Flyer” over a distance of about 130 feet at the Kitty Hawk dunes in North Carolina. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Christophe Claret Poker

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Following the introductions of the 21 Blackjack and the Baccarat, this year Christophe Claret completes his trilogy of gaming watches with the Poker. For my money, this is the best of the three, both because the game it plays – Texas Hold ’em, is so compelling, and because the play on the watch is so realistic. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: A Small Selection of Images

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Each year I attend SIHH and like every digital camera owner, I take far more images than I will ever use. Some will appear in upcoming stories. Most will never appear on your screens. To break the monotony of endless posts about new watches, here are a few images selected for your enjoyment. They include people, places, and yes, a watch.   … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection

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Ninety years ago, Montblanc  launched a writing instrument that came to symbolize the brand: the Meisterstück. To celebrate the ninetieth anniversary, Montblanc is launching the Meisterstück Heritage Collection of wristwatches. The collection contains four models, each of which is a paradigm of classic design. … [Read more...]