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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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. this … [Read more...]

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 that it has decided to focus on the production of a single chronograph movement, Caliber CH1887, launched in 2010. … [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...]

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...]

Jean-Frederic Dufour, Current CEO of Zenith, Named New Rolex CEO

Jean-Frederic Dufour CEO Rolex

A rumor reported on our sister blog, Watch-Insider.com, this morning, has now been confirmed: Jean-Frédéric Dufour, currently the CEO of Zenith, has been named the new global CEO for Rolex SA. An official start date for Dufour, who has been in his position at Zenith since 2009, has yet to be announced. The text of Rolex's very brief press release, issued today, follows. … [Read more...]

WatchTime Magazine Announces Launch of WatchTime Middle East

WatchTime Middle East - Cover

WatchTime, America’s best-selling luxury watch magazine, has announced the launch of its new Middle East edition. WatchTime Middle East will be based in Dubai and sold throughout the entire region as well as all in large metro areas. The Middle East is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for fine watches. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Patek Philippe to Unveil New Booth at Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe New Booth - Baselworld 2014

Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and I have continued to preview new watches and cover other news on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. This week Patek Philippe, one of Baselworld's most popular exhibitors, announced that it will be debuting an all-new booth at the fair. … [Read more...]

Chopard Becomes Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele w/ Porsche 919 Hybrid

Chopard, already a longtime sponsor of the prestigious Mille Miglia race and official timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, this year strengthens its ties to auto racing by becoming the official timing partner of Porsche Motorsport, which makes its long-awaited return at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. … [Read more...]

Hublot Breaks Ground on Its New Manufacture

Hublot Manufacture groundbreaking - Biver & Guadalupe

To accommodate its continued growth, and to further assist in the verticalization of its watch production, Hublot began construction of a second building that will more than double the surface area of its existing manufacture in Nyon, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

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 last week’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here are the three biggest surprises of SIHH 2014. … [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 gradually halt sales of those movements to companies outside the group in 2020. Here is a timeline of 10 key moments in the ongoing legal soap opera between Swatch Group and Comco. … [Read more...]

Why Did Patek Philippe Create its Own Quality Seal?

Patek-Philippe2

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 seal of its own. Find out why in this article from WatchTime's May-June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]

Top 20 Swiss Chronometer Watch Brands 2012: Rolex Leads the Pack

Rolex Submariner CU

Here, we examine data from COSC that reveals the top 20 Swiss watch brands by number of COSC chronometer certificates issued to them in 2012. An interesting list for fans of swiss made watches. … [Read more...]

COMCO: Swatch Group Can Stop Mechanical Movement Sales in 2020

Swatch Group logo

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, and to halt sales completely in 2020. Click here for details on the ruling. … [Read more...]

Photo Slideshow: Inside Vacheron Constantin’s High Complications Workshop

VACHERON CONSTANTIN workshop

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale October 29, Mike Disher takes an in-depth look at Vacheron Constantin's Patrimony Contemporaine Caliber 1731. View the image gallery below to see watchmakers at work in Vacheron Constantin's high complications workshop. … [Read more...]

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

Tissot Luxury Automatic

At first glance, Tissot's new 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...]

Tudor Watch Co. Partners with International Motor Sports Association

Tudor Audi at Wempe Jewelers

Fans of the Rolex Daytona know that Rolex has a long association with auto racing. What many may not know is that Rolex's sister brand, Tudor, also has a close connection to motorsports, and strengthened those ties this year by becoming the "entitlement partner" of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). … [Read more...]

A. Lange & Söhne Lays Cornerstone for New Factory Extension in Glashütte

Walter Lange - cornerstone

German luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne took the next step in the expansion of its manufacture in Glashütte, in the state of Saxony, this week, with the laying of a cornerstone, which also contained an engraved time capsule, by Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid and company founder Walter Lange. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Adds 14-Day Tourbillon to its Platinum Collection

Vacheron Constantin Platinum_14-Day Tourbillon - front

In 2006, Vacheron Constantin became the first watch brand to dedicate an entire collection to platinum timepieces. This year, the venerable brand adds a version of its Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon to its Collection Excellence Platine. … [Read more...]

Gucci Takes the Plunge Into High Horology with New Gucci Dive Watch

Gucci Dive watch - soldier

(As seen in the October issue of WatchTime.)At Baselworld, Gucci announced it will launch a new men’s watch that stands apart from the brand’s other watches. Due out next year, the Gucci Dive is an official divers’ watch, certified to adhere to ISO standard 6425. But what is most significant about it is its movement. … [Read more...]

In Surprise Ruling, COMCO Halts Swatch Group Escapement Cuts

Swatch Group logo

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 movement: escape wheel, pallet lever, balance wheel and balance spring) that it sells to Swiss watch brands outside the group. … [Read more...]

Photo Slideshow: WatchTime’s Visit to Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 3 sketch

In WatchTime's July-August issue, on sale next week, we present technical editor Mike Disher's behind-the-scenes feature on the creation of Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3. Here we present a slideshow of photos taken during Disher's visit to the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. … [Read more...]