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Watch Insider Previews the New Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph

Chopard Superfast Porsche

Recently I attended the Ennstal-Classic, a historical sports car rally in Austria, and while there had the chance to see the new Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph, a watch I like very much. Check it out (including specs and original photos) in this article, excerpted from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Russell Westbrook

This week's Watch to Watch teams up Zenith with one of the NBA's hottest young talents. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook is an extremely limited edition (just five pieces), available exclusively through Westime Jewelers in Los Angeles. … [Read more...]

Only in New York: The New Hublot King Power 692 Bang

Hublot 692 Bang - yellow strap

The city that never sleeps meets the watch brand that never rests: this week, fresh from serving as official timer of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Hublot launched a new limited-edition watch that will be exclusive to its flagship New York City boutique, the Hublot King Power 692 Bang. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

Lange Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the timepieces featured there by the core sponsor watch brands is the new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase from A. Lange & Sohne, which made its debut at SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]

Montres Journe Introduces Solid Gold Dials on 3 New F.P. Journe Watches

F.P. Journe Octa Lune

Francois-Paul Journe, the founder and namesake of the F.P. Journe watch brand, had long dreamed of making watches — not just cases — out of gold. In 2004 his watch company, Montres Journe, became the first to produce entire movements in 18k rose gold, and this year, Journe has added yet another component: gold dials for three of his brand's watch models. … [Read more...]

If You’ve Got a Boat, Regatta Watch: 5 Yachting Watches

Panerai PAM00526 - front

Regatta season is in full swing during the summer months, and several purveyors of luxury watches have developed timepieces specifically suited for competitive sailing and other nautical activities, often with some version of the all-important regatta countdown function. Here we run down five yachting and regatta watches and reveal why they're ideal companions out on the waves. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: The New Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the timepieces featured there by the core sponsor watch brands is the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph, which made its debut at Baselworld 2014. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Indication

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 - front-back

As we await the debut of the much-anticipated new Patek Philippe watches commemorating the Swiss brand's 175th anniversary this year, we revisit a Patek Philippe timepiece, released in 2013, aimed squarely at aficionados of classical, hand-wound watches: the Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date Indication. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s July-August Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime August 2014 Cover

The July-August issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring a comparative test of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition and the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, more than 75 new watches from Baselworld 2014, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Tough and Transparent: Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire - front

Richard Mille pioneered the use of an all-sapphire watch case with its RM 056 Sapphire Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph in 2011, and upped the technological ante with the subsequent debut of the RM 56-01, which also had baseplates, bridges and a third wheel made of sapphire. This year sees the debut of another innovation, the Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire, which combines a tripartite sapphire case with the brand's revolutionary "cabled movement" design. … [Read more...]

3 Limited-Edition Mühle Glashütte Watches Commemorate 145 Years of the Brand

Muehle R. Muehle & Sohn Robert Muehle Auf-Ab

The German watch brand we know today as Mühle Glashütte was founded in 1869 by Robert Mühle, and the family business was re-established in 1994 by his descendant, Hans-Jürgen Mühle. Mühle Glashütte commemorates both the 145 anniversary of its origins and the 20th anniversary of its rebirth this year with a trio of limited-edition anniversary watches. … [Read more...]

Hublot Adds More Watches to its Ferrari Fleet

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon

Hublot released the first Big Bang Ferrari watches, products of a collaboration with the famed Italian automaker, in 2012. Since then, the brand has expanded the Hublot Ferrari collection with six new models, all equipped with Hublot's in-house Unico movement. Here we've compiled our coverage of these new Ferrari watches from WatchTime.com and Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT

Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT

What could be more useful to a frequent-flying globetrotter than a watch that tells the time in two time zones? How about a watch that tells the time in two time zones and has an alarm that can wake him up as his plane is landing? That's what Blancpain offers up here with its new Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT, this week's Watch to Watch. … [Read more...]

Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

Rolex/Chanel/BellRoss/Omega graphic

As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]

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...]

WatchTime Offers 75% Off Digital Subscriptions in Special July 4th Promotion

WT Subscription July 4 promo

WatchTime magazine is celebrating Independence Day with a special offer for new subscribers. For a limited time, you can order an all-access one-year digital subscription to WatchTime for only $9.97 — an amazing savings of 75% from the usual price of $39.97. Click here for details. … [Read more...]

Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron

Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Red Baron

Before it became known as a pioneer in wristwatch chronographs with the development of the El Primero caliber in 1969, Zenith had secured a place in history as one of the first manufacturers of onboard instruments for aviators in the early 20th century. The Swiss brand has embraced this heritage in recent years with the release of its Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 collection. … [Read more...]

Watches at Wimbledon 2014: Who Wears What

Rado ambassador Andy Murray

Wimbledon 2014 rolls on, and, as many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the tournament's biggest stars are also "brand ambassadors" for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men's and ladies' Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don't know yet, but here's a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces. … [Read more...]

Stealth Pilots: 5 All-Black Breitling Watches

Breitling Avenger Blackbird

Black-on-black watches have been a popular category for the last several years, and Breitling has created more than its share of these "stealth" timepieces, for its popular pilots' watch collections as well as other families, like its Superocean dive watches and even the automotive-inspired Breitling for Bentley models. Here are five all-black Breitling watches, including an all-new model in the Breitling Avenger collection. … [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 galleries devoted to the art of French living in the 18th century. Those rooms, encompassing 2,500 square feet of space, had been closed to the public for nearly 10 years during the renovation. The entire area has been revamped and is now reopened to the public. … [Read more...]