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...]

For World Cup 2014: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

Hublot 150

The much-anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off this week in Brazil, with the nations of the world competing for the ultimate prize in the so-called "beautiful game" — what we Americans call soccer and what nearly everyone else calls football. Some of the world's luxury watch and sports watch makers have gotten in on the excitement, with special-edition watches specially devoted to the sport, its players, and the World Cup. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Signs Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo with TAG Heuer watch

TAG Heuer has announced the signing of a new celebrity "global ambassador" to a long-term partnership: Portuguese soccer champion Cristiano Ronaldo, currently the forward for Real Madrid and captain of Portugal's national team in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. … [Read more...]

Photo Gallery: Touring the Luxury Booths of SIHH 2014

Ralph Lauren booth models - SIHH 2014

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...]

Review: 9 iPad Apps for Watch Aficionados

Watch Apps

Though tablets such as the iPad arrived on the market just a few years ago, it is already difficult to imagine our lives without them, and the world of apps that complement them. But have you ever thought about how a tablet app could help you choose your next watch, or even help enhance your passion for watches in general? … [Read more...]

New Limited-Edition Breitling Navitimer Watch Supports Honor Flight Network

Breitling Honor Flight Navitimer - Front

Pilot-watch specialist Breitling has partnered with the non-profit Honor Flight Network, which flies World War II veterans to the memorial dedicated to their service in Washington, DC, to release a limited-edition Breitling watch with proceeds going to the organization. I spoke with Breitling USA president Thierry Prissert at the watch's post-Veterans' Day launch event at the brand's New York City boutique. … [Read more...]

Hamilton Evokes its Aviation Heritage with New Khaki Pilot Pioneer Pilots’ Watches

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer

Hamilton Watch Co., founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began making watches for pilots shortly thereafter, in 1919. The brand's new collection of pilots' watches, called Khaki Pilot Pioneer Auto Chrono, bears the influence of its early aviation watches. WatchTime got a close-up look at the watches at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, "the world's greatest aviation celebration." … [Read more...]

Kobe Bryant Joins Hublot’s Roster of All-Star Athletes

Kobe Bryant w/ Hublot

Hublot continues its domination of the sports world with the signing of all-star Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant as its newest "brand ambassador." Like other high-profile athletes in Hublot's stable, including fellow NBA star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Olympic runner Usain Bolt, and soccer star Diego Maradona, Bryant will lend his name to a limited-edition Hublot timepiece. … [Read more...]

Bruce Willis Wears Hamilton Jazzmaster Watch in “A Good Day to Die Hard”

A Good Day to Die Hard Movie Poster Starring Bruce Willis

Action star Bruce Willis returns to the role of everyman hero John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard, which opened in theaters this week. Keen-eyed watch buffs will note the timepiece that Willis wears in the film, which has been identified as a Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic. Actor Jai Courtney, who plays McClane's estranged son, also sports a Hamilton, the Khaki X-Patrol. … [Read more...]

Video: WatchTime Talks Racecars and Watches with Lamborghini’s CEO

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann

Last week, WatchTime attended the "global dynamic launch" of the Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador Roadster in Miami as a guest of Blancpain, which partnered with Lamborghini in 2009 to establish the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo single-make race series. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelmann, who answered questions about the new car and the future of the Blancpain partnership. … [Read more...]

Gucci Launches New Watch for 2013 Grammy Awards

Gucci Grammy watches 2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will take place this weekend in Los Angeles, and for the third year in a row, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry will release a new, Grammy-branded wristwatch to coincide with the music industry's biggest night. … [Read more...]

Hublot Teams with Cigar Maker to Create King Power Arturo Fuente

Hublot King Power Arturo Fuente in cigar box

Fine cigars have much in common with fine watches — luxury products with romantic heritage, handmade by skilled craftsmen, appreciated by connoisseurs — and now Hublot has created a timepiece that ties the two together together in a significant way — the new King Power Arturo Fuente edition, developed in collaboration with one of the world's most popular premium cigar brands. … [Read more...]

Elegant Accessories: TAG Heuer Racer Smartphone

TAG Heuer Racer Orange

TAG Heuer has built its reputation as a watch brand largely on its close association with auto racing. Now, as the 150-year-old Swiss company continues its growth from watchmaker into lifestyle brand, it introduces the Racer, which it calls the first Swiss luxury touch-screen smartphone made entirely from materials used in auto racing and aviation. … [Read more...]

Elegant Accessories: Pens for Watch Lovers

Hublot_Pen_150

Watch companies have upped the ante in the quality of their branded accessories — particularly in the case of fine writing implements, a category near and dear to the hearts of many watch collectors. In this 2009 column by Fine Pens writer Jan DiVincenzo, the first in our online archive of WatchTime's popular lifestyle columns, we take a look at some of the standouts. In pairing a watch with a pen, the obvious preference would be for both to be of the same manufacture. And this shouldn’t … [Read more...]

Hamilton Celebrates 120 Years With Exhibit at New York’s Tourneau Time Machine

Hamilton Marine Chronometer

Hamilton Watch Company, founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, marks its 120th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Hamilton has collaborated with the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC) , one of the world’s largest museums devoted to the art, science and history of timepieces and timekeeping, to curate a month-long public exhibit of Hamilton archives at New York City's Tourneau Time Machine. … [Read more...]

Elegant Accessories: The Gucci Time Box by Scatola del Tempo

Gucci Time Box by Scatola del Tempo

Gucci has teamed up with Scatola del Tempo, an Italian manufacturer specializing in watch winders and boxes, to produce the Gucci Time Box, a luxuriously appointed watch winder that bears the design influence of Gucci's renowned creative director, Frida Giannini. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer to Supply Watches and Eyewear for Oracle Racing’s America’s Cup Defense

tag_oracle_175

TAG Heuer and Oracle Racing have announced a partnership that will see the Oracle Racing crew outfitted with TAG Heuer watches and eyewear during the America’s Cup World Series and the 34th America’s Cup, the finals of which will take place on San Francisco Bay in September, 2013. … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin and Visconti Create Unique Fountain Pen

un_pen_165

For more than 165 years, Ulysse Nardin has created exclusive timepieces. Now the manufacture from Le Locle has teamed up with writing instrument specialist Visconti to present a classic communication tool the reflects the finest traditions of passion and craftsmanship. … [Read more...]

Exotic Looks, Exotic Performance, Un-exotic PriceThe 2011 Lotus Evora

exotic

A few months ago I joined a group of journalists and pro driving instructors behind the wheels of several high-zoot sports cars at Laguna Seca racetrack, and on the 18 Mile Drive in Carmel, California. One stood out clearly from the rest – the Lotus Evora. Let's take a look. The younger among you may know Lotus only through the Elise – a purpose-built track car that offers great fun in small doses, but you would not want to live with one every day. The Elise embodies Colin Chapman’s … [Read more...]

A. Lange & Söhne Opens Hong Kong Boutique

als_hk_165

After the launch of A. Lange & Söhne shops in Dresden, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, the brand from Saxony has opened its fifth boutique, in Hong Kong. Lange's goal for the boutique is to bring the precision, quality and ambiance of traditional German watchmaking to its customers in an intimate and in-depth manner. … [Read more...]