Audio: Excerpts from WatchTime’s Exclusive Interview with Breguet’s Marc Hayek

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WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, features a cover story on Breguet, and its groundbreaking Classique Chronometrie 7727 watch, by editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. The story includes insights from Breguet president and CEO Marc A. Hayek, gleaned from an interview conducted at Breguet's offices in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux. … [Read more...]

Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

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Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we examined the 2013 list to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are: … [Read more...]

5 Questions for Max Büsser on the New MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 (Video)

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Max Büsser, founder and owner of the MB&F watch brand, calls his unconventional haute horlogerie timepieces "horological machines," emphasizing artistry over traditional timekeeping. He visited WatchTime to discuss the brand's newest release, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2. Here are his answers to the five questions we posed to him about the watch. … [Read more...]

Jack Heuer, Father of the TAG Heuer Carrera: The WatchTime Q&A

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In 1963, the Heuer watch company (today's TAG Heuer) released the first Carrera, a chronograph inspired by auto racing, which went on to become an international icon. As TAG Heuer celebrates the Carrera's 50th anniversary this year, WatchTime sits down for a candid interview with the man who created the Carrera, watch-industry living legend Jack Heuer. … [Read more...]

IWC North America President Gianfranco D’Attis: The WatchTime Q&A

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IWC Schaffhausen has made 2013 the Year of the Ingenieur, and to launch the new collection in the U.S., the brand joined WatchTime for a gala event at its flagship boutique in New York City. Prior to the event, WatchTime spoke with IWC North America president Gianfranco D'Attis about the revamped Ingenieur line and his lifelong personal connection to the brand. … [Read more...]

Former Rolex CEO Heiniger Dies

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Rolex SA has announced that Patrick Heiniger, the company's managing director and chief executive officer from 1992 to 2008, has died. Click the link to read the official statement from Rolex. … [Read more...]

Seven Questions for Breitling VP Jean-Paul Girardin

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In our November-December issue, on sale now, Rüdiger Bucher, editor-in-chief of WatchTime's German sister magazine, Chronos, speaks to Breitling Vice President Jean-Paul Girardin about a wide variety of topics, including the development of its in-house B01 chronograph caliber. Click here for excerpts from the interview. … [Read more...]

Bonus Audio: Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks Watches

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He's back... and WatchTime's got him. Our November-December issue features "The Terminator's Timers," my profile of Hollywood icon and influential watch collector Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, exclusively on WatchTime.com, you can hear excerpts from our interview, conducted at Schwarzenegger's Santa Monica office. … [Read more...]

Bonus Audio: WatchTime’s Interview with Ulysse Nardin CEO Patrik Hoffman

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In the November-December issue of WatchTime, on sale next week, technical editor Mike Disher profiles Ulysse Nardin and its ambitious new CEO, Patrik Hoffman. Below, you can listen to excerpts from the wide-ranging interview. … [Read more...]

Idol Time: American Idol’s Randy Jackson Talks Timepieces with WT

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It's been a big week for "American Idol's" Randy Jackson. Not only is "AI" fandom abuzz over his future as a judge on the popular musical competition program, but this week also saw the launch of a new business venture for the famously watch-loving Jackson — Timepieces by Randy Jackson, a new line of watches (most of them affordably priced at $99 to $499) that will initially be sold on cable TV's HSN Home Shopping Network. The watches will be produced by Clyde Dunier, Inc. a fourth-generation … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin CEO Rolf Schnyder Passes On

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Ulysse Nardin has announced that its CEO, Rolf W. Schnyder, unexpectedly passed away on April 14 after a short illness. Because a succession plan was already in place, current members of management will continue to operate the company without interruption, continuing in the spirit of Rolf W. Schnyder’s vision. … [Read more...]

Pro Cycling Rivals Come Together Over Watches

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In a video interview you can watch at CyclingNews.com, top pro cycling sprinter Mark Cavendish and rival Filippo Pozzato reveal that though relations between them may not always have been on the best terms, all that changed once they got to know each other and learned they share an interest in watches. … [Read more...]

Claude-Daniel Proellochs Passes Away

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Sources in Switzerland are reporting that former Vacheron Constantin CEO Claude-Daniel Proellochs died in his sleep in Neuchâtel this past Sunday evening following a short battle with cancer. Proellochs headed Vacheron from 1988 until his retirement in 2005. Under Proellochs, Vacheron's annual production increased from 3,500 to more than 15,000 pieces. … [Read more...]

F1 President Bernie Ecclestone Mugged in London; Hublot Stolen From His Wrist

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Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone suffered a black eye when he was attacked by four men outside his London office around 10:30 p.m. on November 25. His girlfriend was with him at the time. The robbers made off with jewelry - and Mr. Ecclestone's Hublot - together valued at $314,000. … [Read more...]

Sowind Group Chairman Luigi Macaluso Passes Away

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Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD) has issued a statement announcing that its Chairman, Luigi Macaluso, has unexpectedly passed away at age 62 after suffering a heart attack. Luigi, known as “Gino” by those closest to him, was born in Turin, Italy, in 1948. He was married to Monica and the father of four children, Stefano, Massimo, Anna and Margherita. More than 10 years ago, his two sons joined him at the head of Sowind Group. … [Read more...]

Bulova Watchmaking School Co-founder Stanley Simon Dies at 93

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The New York Times is reporting that Stanley Simon, who was instrumental in bringing the Bulova Watchmaking School into being, has passed away in Manhattan. He was 93. The School, founded in 1945, became a model for industry-lead rehabilitation of disabled veterans. First conceived as World War II drew to an end, the school trained thousands of veterans in the watchmaker's art. … [Read more...]

Switzerland Mourns Its Watch “Messiah”

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Switzerland has responded to the sudden death of Swatch Group Chairman Nicolas G. Hayek on June 28 with a rare outpouring of grief, praise, and appreciation. Hayek, 82, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but grew up in Switzerland and spent his entire professional life there. Hayek has been a prominent public figure in the country for four decades and one of the country’s most famous and, ultimately, beloved figures. … [Read more...]

Swatch Group Chairman Nicolas G. Hayek Dies at Age 82

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Swatch Group AG founder and chairman Nicolas Hayek died unexpectedly from heart failure at his office earlier today. He was 82.Hayek, a colorful entrepreneur and one of Switzerland's leading businessmen, was credited with saving the Swiss watch industry. … [Read more...]

A Riddle and an Update

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When can a speck the size of a grain of sand stop the presses at WatchTime.com? When it materializes in the editor's kidney. So begins the story of my ill-fated trip to Baselworld 2010. I arrived at Zurich airport on March 16 feeling pretty well, but by the time I had my train tickets, the stabbing pain had started. A doctor visited a few hours later at my hotel in Germany. He dispensed some pain medication and I hoped for the best, but the next morning things were worse. … [Read more...]

Vincent Perriard Appointed CEO of TechnoMarine

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Vincent Perriard has been appointed CEO of TechnoMarine. Perriard has held several leadership positions in marketing, product development and general management at brands such as Audemars Piguet, Hamilton (Swatch Group) and most recently as global president at Concord, where the brand was re-launched in 2007 and the C1 Quantum Gravity won the design award at the 2008 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. … [Read more...]

Still on the Go – Walter Lange at 85

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At 66, an age when others are enjoying their retirement, Walter Lange revived the A. Lange & Söhne watch brand in Saxony, which had been founded by his great-grandfather Ferdinand Adolph Lange. That was in 1990. Now about to celebrate his 85th birthday, he is still involved in his life's work. … [Read more...]

Romain Jerome and CEO Yvan Arpa Part Ways

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Romain Jerome has announced that it has parted ways with CEO Yvan Arpa. Also leaving the company are the head of administration, the sales director and two other staff members. No reason was given for the departures. Romain Jerome's press release states that "...the change of management in no way jeopardizes the ongoing success of the company, which continues to enjoy excellent sales, promising order volumes and an extremely strong brand image." … [Read more...]

Philippe Bonay Named Lange N.A. President

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A. Lange & Söhne has announced the appointment of Philippe Bonay to the position of President of A. Lange & Söhne, North America, effective April 13, 2009. Mr. Bonay has a strong background and knowledge of the luxury watch industry, having previously held the post of President of Panerai North America where he played a key role in the growth and development of the brand. Mr. Bonay also has broad international experience, having worked in France, Asia and most recently the U.S. … [Read more...]