Breguet Sponsors Louvre Restoration

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Montres Breguet S.A. held a gala dinner at the Louvre Museum in Paris on June 17, highlighting its role as a major sponsor of the restoration of the museum’s Department of Decorative Arts rooms and galleries devoted to the art of French living in the 18th century. Those rooms, encompassing 2,500 square feet of space, had been closed to the public for nearly 10 years during the renovation. The entire area has been revamped and is now reopened to the public. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: 21 Tidbits About Basel

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In March, 150,000 people will flock to Basel, Switzerland, for the world’s largest watch show, Baselworld. Our gang, of course, will be among them. Because of the frenzied pace of the show, most Baselworld visitors don’t get to see much of the city. That’s a pity because there is a lot more to it than the show. … [Read more...]

21 Watch Brands, 250+ Guests at WatchTime’s IBG Event in New York

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WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" (IBG) series of watch-collector events made its annual stop in the Big Apple on Sept. 17 for its biggest show of the year. The event, which boasted 21 watch-brand sponsors and more than 250 guests, was held for the first time at New York's luxurious Pierre Hotel. Click here for photos from the evening. … [Read more...]

WatchTime “Inside Basel.Geneva 2013″ Tour Kicks Off in Chicago

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WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" (IBG) series of watch-collector events, held in cooperation with noted collector and watch expert Jeff Kingston and featuring more than a dozen luxury watch-brand sponsors, was held last week at Chicago's elegant Drake Hotel. Click here for photos from the event. … [Read more...]

A $1,000 G-Shock? Casio Unveils That and More at 2013 “Shock the World” Event

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Casio's year-long celebration of its iconic G-Shock watch's 30th anniversary culminated in last week's "Shock the World" VIP event in New York City. Among the highlights were a performance by rap star and G-Shock endorser Eminem and the U.S. launch of the MT-G, a collection of new metal/resin G-Shock watches starting at $900. … [Read more...]

Farewell, Basel: A Final Photo Tour of the 2013 Baselworld Watch Fair

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Another Baselworld has come and gone, and while we will be seeing many new timepieces introduced there make their way to retailers' cases in coming months, it will be another year before we again see the new, larger Baselworld complex and the numerous redesigned booths. For those who didn't make it to the show this year, we've compiled a photo slideshow of Baselworld sights taken by our own Mike Disher. … [Read more...]

Vintage Breguet Timepieces On Display at New York’s Frick Collection (Video)

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New York City's Frick Collection, the art museum founded by Henry Clay Frick, is hosting an exhibition of historic timepieces, sponsored by luxury watch brand Montres Breguet and featuring several clocks and pocketwatches created by its namesake, legendary horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet and his son Antoine-Louis Breguet. … [Read more...]

IWC Joins WatchTime for Ingenieur Launch Event at New York Boutique

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Last year, IWC Schaffhausen opened its flagship boutique on New York's Madison Avenue with a celebrity-filled gala. On Tuesday night, the boutique played host to the United States launch of the brand's re-tooled Ingenieur line of sports watches, co-hosted by IWC and WatchTime. … [Read more...]

Photo Slideshow: Inside SIHH 2013

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The 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) was held last week in Geneva. And unlike its larger counterpart in Basel, this watch fair is mostly closed to the public. To give our WatchTime fans a glimpse of what goes on in those hallowed halls of horology, we've compiled a slideshow of photos, taken at the show by our own Mike Disher. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux’s New Hawk Collection Takes Flight in Miami

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One night after its limited edition FOReverglades watch made its debut during the Art Basel Miami Beach festivities, Girard-Perregaux launched its new sports watch line, called Hawk, at a "watchmaking on the beach" event at Miami's Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Before the event, WatchTime sat with Michele Sofisti, CEO of the brand, who gave us a close look at the new pieces and answered questions about the line. … [Read more...]

Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio and TAG Heuer Team Up for Hurricane Sandy Relief

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The glass-cubed planetarium sphere at New York's American Museum of Natural History was the stage for a star-studded charity event last Saturday night, hosted by Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer and featuring two of its celebrity "ambassadors," actors Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio. WatchTime was among the media attending the gala, which was held to raise funds for Diaz's UN Women Charity and for NY Cares Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. … [Read more...]

Breguet Tourbillon Clock Installed at Carnegie Hall

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On Wednesday evening, Breguet kicked off its new sponsorship of New York's Carnegie Hall, starting with the 2012-2013 season, with a grand gesture: the unveiling of a specially crafted Breguet tourbillon clock in Carnegie Hall's Morse Lobby.  … [Read more...]

“Inside Basel-Geneva” Hits East Coast, Draws Record Crowd in NYC

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After kicking off in Chicago on September 11, WatchTime's "Inside Basel-Geneva" tour continued last week, as the popular watch-collector events, helmed by WatchTime and noted collector Jeff Kingston, touched down in Philadelphia, on September 18, and New York City, on September 20, the latter event drawing a record crowd of nearly 300 guests. … [Read more...]

“Inside Basel-Geneva” Tour Kicks Off in Chicago

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The 2012 edition of WatchTime's popular "Inside Basel-Geneva" collectors' events opened up in grand fashion last week, with the first of this year's series taking place at the luxurious Union League Club of Chicago. Click here for more details and a slideshow of photos from the evening. … [Read more...]

Football Fever: Hublot Launches New King Power FC Bayern Munich

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There is probably no greater soccer fan than Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver, and the brand has reflected it: in 2011 it introduced the King Power Red Devil Manchester United, a limited-edition collaboration with England's world-famous Manchester United team. This year, Hublot takes its horological talents to Germany, producing another limited model for one of Man U's European rivals, FC Bayern Munich. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Unveils New Bugatti Watches at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Parmigiani, the Swiss watch brand founded by watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, introduced two new collectors' timepieces to its Bugatti collection, made in collaboration with the prestigious automobile maker, at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The timepieces — a rose-gold version of the Bugatti Super Sport and a new titanium Bugatti Vitesse — made their debut alongside a restored classic automobile, the 1935 Bugatti T57S Electron Torpedo. … [Read more...]

Breguet Unveils Historical Pilots’ Watch Exhibit on U.S.S. Intrepid

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Last week, under a starlit Manhattan sky and against the backdrop of a fleet of fighter planes, Breguet inaugurated an exhibit of historic and modern pilots' watches at a party on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York's most spectacular venue devoted to aviation. Entitled “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator,” the exhibit, which will be open for viewing at the Breguet Boutique on New York's Fifth Avenue from June 19th to July 8th, celebrates Breguet's … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Launches Limited-Edition Sea Hawk Pro for World Oceans Day

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Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux released a special, limited-edition model of its Sea Hawk Pro 1000m divers' watch at a special event at New York's Museum of Modern Art on June 5. Hosted by environmental conservationists Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., the evening's highlight was the New York premiere screening of Mission of Mermaids, Susan Rockefeller's new documentary about protecting the oceans. Read more for event photos and specs and pricing for the watch. … [Read more...]

Richard Mille Partners with Natalie Portman and Free the Children Charity

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Richard Mille has added to its already impressive roster of celebrity "friends of the brand" — a lineup that includes tennis ace Rafael Nadal, golfer Bubba Watson and racecar driver Felipe Masa — by welcoming award-winning actress Natalie Portman into the fold at an exclusive dinner at New York City's St. Regis Hotel. … [Read more...]

Youth Movement: Girard-Perregaux Brings Young Watchmakers to New York

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Recently, I learned firsthand to never again take for granted the faithful functionality of my mechanical watches. Given the opportunity to sit down at a watchmaker's bench and use the tiny tools to painstakingly and precisely  attach wheels and jewels to a stripped-down baseplate, it became extremely clear just how much concentration, dexterity, and patience — not to mention plain old horological knowledge — was required to put together a caliber from scratch and to make it hum. Of course, … [Read more...]

IWC Opens its Flagship New York Boutique with VIP Gala, Limited-Edition Watch

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Some would say that IWC Schaffhausen opening its first U.S. flagship boutique in New York City is long overdue; after all, the brand, which was established in 1868, has the distinction of being one of the very few Swiss brands to be founded by an American, Florentine Ariosto Jones. This week, IWC cut the ribbon on this long-awaited landmark, located on New York's fashionable Madison Avenue, in grand fashion, with an exclusive cocktail party attended by celebrity friends of the brand and the … [Read more...]

Breguet Birthday Bash: Exhibit Celebrates Bicentennial of the Wristwatch

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The discussion about what was the first timepiece for the wrist, and what watchmaker produced it, has typically involved a handful of well-known contenders, chiefly Cartier, with its Santos-Dumont from 1904, and Patek Philippe, with its Countess Koscowicz watch from 1868. Breguet, however, has the historical documents to make a compelling case for the honor. The brand's namesake, legendary watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, delivered a wrist-worn timepiece, commissioned by Caroline Murat, Queen … [Read more...]

IWC Auctions Off Unique Muhammad Ali Watch at Celebrity Fight Night Gala

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A unique timepiece by IWC Schaffhausen went under the hammer at the 18th annual Celebrity Fight Night gala last Saturday, held in Phoenix, Arizona. The star-studded event was established to raise funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, founded by the legendary boxing champ. The watch, a special Big Pilot's model in white gold made to commemorate Ali's 70th birthday, fetched $60,000. Click below to see photos from the event and wallpaper images of the watch. … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrist Watch: Oscar Weekend 2012

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards, the film industry's biggest spectacle, took place last night in Hollywood. Like every year, many of your favorite watch brands were represented on the wrists of the celebrity nominees and guests, and some brands even sponsored lavish movie-industry events prior to the awards ceremony. Here's a compilation of horological highlights from Tinseltown's most star-studded weekend... … [Read more...]

Jennifer Hudson and Gucci Introduce New Grammy Museum Watch at L.A. Event

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On February 11, on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, Gucci Timepieces presented the third in its limited-edition Grammy collection of limited-production watches at a special event at the Grammy museum in Los Angeles — an event that also featured a live performance by Oscar and Grammy winner (and Gucci fan) Jennifer Hudson. … [Read more...]

Scenes from SIHH

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SIHH 2012 opened today and the initial buzz from collectors is positive. Depending on which booth you entered, you might be greeted by a fighter jet and aircraft carrier, or enormous timepiece and a 3.5 ton piece of Germany. Here are a few quick snaps to set the scene for SIHH 2012. … [Read more...]

Giant of Time: Eli Manning Gets His Own Citizen Watch

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New York Giants fans hoping their team goes deep into the NFL playoffs this year can only sit on the sidelines (or couch, or recliner, or high-priced stadium seat) and cheer their star quarterback Eli Manning to victory. However, a lucky few of them can do so while wearing a Citizen watch made specifically for Manning himself. … [Read more...]

Yves “Jetman” Rossy Flies With Breitling Jet Team

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After flying across the English Channel, soaring alongside two Boeing Stearman biplanes carrying the Breitling Wingwalkers, looping the loop around a hot-air balloon and hurtling across the sky over the Grand Canyon, Yves "Jetman" Rossy did some formation flying alongside two jets from the Breitling Jet Team. Find a link to the video inside. … [Read more...]

Greubel Forsey Wins the 2011 International Chronometry Competition

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Greubel Forsey’s Double Tourbillon 30° Technique (DT30T) has won the 2011 International Chronometry Competition held at the Museum of Horology in Le Locle, Switzerland. The DT30T, featuring a 60-second tourbillon cage inclined at 30° rotating inside a second four-minute tourbillon cage, scored 915 points out of a possible 1,000 to claim first place both in the tourbillon category and the overall competition. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Opening of its First US Boutique With Black-Tie Dinners

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Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watch manufacture in continuous operation, celebrated the grand opening of its first-ever US boutique. Over three evenings, Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin and Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America welcomed invited guests to three black tie dinners featuring world-class chefs Eric Ripert, Thomas Keller and Sergi Arola. … [Read more...]