TAG Heuer Focuses on Caliber 1887, Delays Launch of Carrera CH80

TAG Heuer Calibre CH80

If you're anticipating the release of the announced release of the new TAG Heuer Carrera CH80 chronograph, you will need to wait a bit longer. TAG Heuer has announced today it has decided to focus on the production of a single chronograph movement, Caliber CH1887, launched in 2010. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Tissot Offers Automatic 80-Hour Movements at Affordable Prices

Tissot Luxury Automatic

At first glance, Tissot's Powermatic 80 automatic caliber appears to be just another ETA movement. But as I reveal in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, that impression is way off the mark. Much like Swatch's new Sistem 51 caliber, this one represents another quiet watchmaking revolution. … [Read more...]


Omega’s New Watch Certification: What Makes It Different?

Omega Seamaster Master Co-Axial Chrono

In December, Omega and METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, held a joint press conference in Geneva to announce a new collaboration. Starting in 2015, Omega watches that are badged "Master Co-Axial" will be officially certified by METAS, using a new testing system. But what does this mean for Omega, and for watch certification systems in general? Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


The New Waltham Watches: An American Classic Returns with a Modern Swiss Twist

Waltham CDI - front

Waltham is a name well-known to American aficionados of vintage watches and clocks. This fall, the quintessential American watch brand — absent from the United States since the 1980s — returns to that market with new Waltham wristwatches that call to mind the brand's long and storied history but are also decidedly modern. … [Read more...]


Getting to Know Nomos: 6 Important Nomos Watches

NOMOS Zuerich Weltzeit

Nomos watches are well-known in their native Germany, but not nearly as familiar to watch lovers in the U.S. as other Glashütte-based watch brands such as A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original. Nomos watches, in fact, have their own distinctive look (the brand has won several international design awards) and are fairly reasonably priced despite the fact that they all have in-house movements made in the traditional Glashütte style. As the brand becomes more prominent in the U.S., we … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brand Spends the Most on Advertising?

Rolex/Chanel/BellRoss/Omega graphic

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 country. … [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 back at the three biggest surprises of SIHH 2014 - as we're all looking forward to the surprises that SIHH 2015 might offer next January. … [Read more...]


Breitling Avenger II: The Breitling Avenger Collection Redesigned

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Breitling, which has recently revamped its Colt collection as well as tweaked the look of its newest Chronomat Airborne watches, has also given a redesign to another popular line in its portfolio, the Breitling Avenger series. The Breitling Avenger II collection includes two chronographs, one divers' watch, and one GMT watch. … [Read more...]


Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Military Watches With NATO Straps

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. At this year's Baselworld, I found that I may have helped start a military watches trend, as I saw many new watches that had these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these military watches. … [Read more...]


3 Standout Features of Citizen Watch Co.’s New York Flagship Boutique

Citizen NYC Boutique - Ceiling

Citizen Watch Company of America has opened its first dedicated retail concept store in North America. The Japanese brand's global flagship boutique, which opened its doors to the public on November 20, is located at 1500 Broadway, in New York City's Times Square, and features a full range of Citizen watches and a number of innovative touches. Here are three aspects we found interesting. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: The Award-Winning, Bauhaus-Inspired Nomos Tangente Watch

Nomos Tangente Datum

Nomos Glashütte, a watch brand very popular in its native Germany but not as well-known here in the States, is making a big push in America this year, beginning with its flagship timepiece, the starkly designed — and multiple design-award-winning — Tangente watch, which applies Bauhaus design principles to its dial. … [Read more...]


16 Prize-Winning Watches from the 2014 Geneva Grand Prix

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7727

On October 31st, the 14th annual Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève — the watch world's equivalent of the Oscars — was held at Geneva's Grande Theatre. The international jury of watch experts handed out prizes in 16 categories, including the prestigious "Aiguille d'Or" grand prize, awarded to Breguet for its Classiqu Chronometrie. Scroll down for the full list of winners. … [Read more...]


Breguet Previews Major 2015 Museum Exhibition with 3 Antique Timepieces

Breguet No. 3519 - Movement

Beginning September 19, 2015, the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," an exhibit comprising the largest collection of antique Breguet timepieces ever shown in the Americas. Last week, a select group of watch journalists got a look at three of the historic pieces that will be on display. … [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 first one in the United States. On hand for the occasion was Shinji Hattori, CEO of Seiko Watch Corp. and chairman of its parent company, Seiko Holdings Corp., who is the great-great-grandson of Seiko founder, Kintaro Hattori. … [Read more...]


Kering Acquires Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin marine Chronometer Manufacture front

Kering, the luxury goods conglomerate formerly known as Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), has acquired 100 percent of Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin, an independent brand that had long been the subject of takeover rumors. Ulysse Nardin now joins the Sowind Group brands, Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard, in Kering's expanding "Luxury - Watches and Jewellery" division. … [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...]


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...]


Audemars Piguet Announces New, Ultramodern Museum

Audemars Piguet Museum Sketch

Audemars Piguet, the oldest luxury watch company still owned by its founding families, has announced plans to extend its historic headquarters building to incorporate a new museum called the Maison des Fondateurs, a "radically contemporary" new structure that will be naturally integrated into the surrounding Vallée de Joux landscape. … [Read more...]


Swatch Sistem51 to Launch in the U.S. on July 1

Swatch Sistem51 - red

To those outside of Switzerland awaiting your opportunity to purchase the Swatch Sistem51 — the eminently affordable watch with an innovative, Swiss-made mechanical movement introduced at Baselworld 2013 — your wait is nearly over. The Swatch Group today announced that the Sistem51 will launch at a "pop-in-shop" at the Swatch flagship boutique in New York's Times Square in July 1. … [Read more...]


Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe Celebrates 60 Years of Fifty Fathoms

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe pair

At Baselworld 2013, two iconic sport watches — the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera — celebrated their 50th birthdays with new models, while another historic watch brand, one with "50" in its name, celebrated its 60th. Blancpain's influential Fifty Fathoms divers' watch, now an entire collection, went back to the basics of its 1953 creation with the release of the vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. … [Read more...]