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

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale now, we examine data from COSC that reveals the top 20 Swiss watch brands by number of COSC chronometer certificates issued to them in 2012. … [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...]

Bulgari Unveils Three New Watches in Revamped Bulgari Bulgari Collection

Bulgari Bulgari Chronograph - angle

Bulgari introduced three new models in its iconic Bulgari Bulgari men's watch collection at Baselworld 2013, including the line's first chronograph and tourbillon timepieces. Each new watch contains a manufacture movement crafted in Bulgari's ateliers in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Sentier, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Traveller: The Evolution of the ww.tc Collection

GP Traveller ww.tc

The streamlining of Girard-Perregaux, which began last year with the introduction of the Hawk collection, continues with the debut of the new Traveller, an updated version of G-P's ww.tc collection, at Baselworld 2013. The first two Traveller models are a chronograph with world-time function and a moon-phase model with large date. … [Read more...]