Smartwatch Showdown: Apple Watch vs. the Competition

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The new Apple Watch launched to great fanfare last week. How does it stack up against the Samsung Gear S, Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and Pebble Steel? Let’s take a look. … [Read more...]

The Apple Watch: Pros and Cons

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Eleven years ago, after Bill Gates personally introduced Microsoft smartwatches at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I wrote a column in WatchTime entitled “Honk If You Want a Computer On Your Wrist!” The column asked the following simple question: “Does anyone really want this contraption?” … [Read more...]

New Casio Sports Watch is Compatible With iPhone Fitness Apps

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Casio, which launched its first Casio G-Shock watch with Bluetooth technology in 2011, introduced the latest generation in its series of smartphone-compatible watches at last week's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Casio STB-1000 uses Bluetooth v4.0, with low-energy wireless technology, to enable wearers to check personal fitness data from popular mobile apps, operate a music player on a smartphone, and more. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Introducing TAG Heuer’s New In-House Movement, Caliber 1969

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TAG Heuer's new integrated mechanical chronograph movement, Caliber 1969, is now being produced at the recently finished fourth TAG Heuer factory, in Chevenez in the Swiss Jura. I take you inside the brand-new facility, and examine the details of the new in-house movement, in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Richard Mille Introduces Another New Material to Watchmaking

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Richard Mille has long been known for using unusual and often unprecedented materials in its timepieces, many drawn from the worlds of automobiles and aeronautics. Now the brand has announced another horological world-first — a case made of NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon, to be used in a new version of the brand's RM011 Flyback Chronograph watch. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Watches and Oracle Team USA Introduce First Smartwatch for Sailing

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Well, that didn't take long. The recent rise of the so-called smartwatch has reached the "traditional" Swiss watch industry. TAG Heuer has teamed up with America's Cup champion Oracle Team U.S.A. to develop the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer 72, which TAG is calling "the first-ever Swiss sports smartwatch dedicated to competitive sailing." … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Take: Will the New Smartwatches Conquer Our Wrists?

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In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I look at the recent phenomenon of "smartwatches" released by technology companies and weigh in on whether these devices are destined to supplant the mechanical watch and conquer that valuable piece of real estate that is the wrists of watch wearers. … [Read more...]

The Phantom: Ulysse Nardin’s Newest Freak

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Ulysse Nardin made the watch cognoscenti sit up and take notice back in 2001, when it unveiled its wildly unconventional Freak watch, one of the first timepieces to use silicon in key parts of its movement. This year's new Freak Phantom, introduced at Baselworld 2013, continues that tradition of innovation and, well, freakishness. … [Read more...]

Panerai 8-Day Power Reserve Caliber P.5000 Debuts in New Luminor Watches

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Officine Panerai's rapid rise to manufacture status continues with its release of yet another in-house movement, Calibre P.5000, a manual-wound movement with an eight-day power reserve. The new caliber makes its debut in a pair of new watches, the Luminor Marina 8 Days and Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro Rosso. … [Read more...]

Video: How Harry Winston’s New Opus XIII Works

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As per usual, Harry Winston generated a fair amount of buzz at the 2013 Baselworld watch fair with the latest timepiece in its haute-de-gamme Opus collection. This year's piece, the Opus XIII, turned heads with its 242 functional rubies and unconventional time indication by means of tiny, pivoting markers around the dial. … [Read more...]

Omega Unveils Seamaster 15,000 Gauss, the World’s Most Antimagnetic Watch

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Omega, which pioneered the use of innovative new materials and technologies in watchmaking, has introduced perhaps its most impressive technological accomplishment in recent years, the development of a wristwatch that is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, a level far exceeding that of any other watch. … [Read more...]

Richard Mille’s New RM 011 Brings Another F1 Material to Watchmaking

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Richard Mille has long been at the forefront of introducing new materials into watchmaking, particularly those used in the world of Formula One auto racing. At this year's SIHH, the brand introduced yet another first in that area: the new RM 011 Flyback Chronograph, the first watch with a case made of brown silicon nitride. … [Read more...]

Leather and Lugs: The Making of a Hermès Watch Strap

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Watch straps usually play second fiddle to the watches they hold in place. Not at La Montre Hermès, which takes its leather goods as seriously as it does its watchmaking. In this feature from the WatchTime archives, Gisbert Brunner explores how a fine leather watch strap is crafted. … [Read more...]

Chimes and Birdsong: Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

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Jaquet Droz has channeled the spirit of its namesake, the 18th-century inventor renowned for his complicated automatons and musical clockworks — many of them using singing birds — with its new ultra-complicated timepiece, the Bird Repeater. … [Read more...]

Bonus Audio: Excerpts from Our Interview with Festina Group’s Jean-Claude Schwarz

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In the September-October 2012 issue of WatchTime, on sale September 11, executive editor Norma Buchanan profiles the Festina Group, one of the few companies that make movements, including hairsprings, from scratch, and hopes to cash in on cutbacks by the Swatch Group. Click below the photos to listen to audio outtakes from her exclusive interview with Festina Group's Swiss CEO Jean-Claude Schwarz. … [Read more...]

Tech Talk: Montblanc’s TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000

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If three watches constitute a trend, then measuring milliseconds, or 1/1,000s of a second, is a trend. Two watch brands, each with high-speed horological histories, have launched mechanical chronographs claimed to be capable of accurately measuring 1/1,000s of a second. Last year, TAG Heuer debuted its Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, followed this year by the even faster Mikrogirder. At SIHH this year, Montblanc launched its own millisecond-measuring marvel, the TimeWriter II … [Read more...]

Controlled Chaos: Harry Winston’s Opus XI

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For a couple of seconds every hour, the dial looks like a mess, but then all is made clear. Meet the Harry Winston Opus XI. Click here to read WatchTime writer Martina Richter's in-depth report on the watch for our July-August issue, along with a video of how its ultra-complicated movement works. … [Read more...]

Hard Timers: How Hublot Conjured its Magic Gold

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The Hublot brand is known for its use of unusual materials, including cermet (a mix of ceramic and metal), tungsten, and something the brand named “Hublonium” (an alloy of magnesium and aluminum). Now the company has unveiled one more: a very hard and therefore scratch-resistant alloy of gold Hublot has dubbed “Magic Gold.” Click here to read Gisbert Brunner's report on how Hublot creates it. … [Read more...]

Hydromechanical Horology: Inside the New HYT H1

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One of the most talked-about timepieces of the 2012 Baselworld watch fair was the HYT H1, an unusual-looking watch that indicates the time by means of two liquids — one green, one clear — that flow through a tiny tube along a peripheral hours scale. WatchTime technical editor Mike Disher explores the technology behind the watch and its movement, and we provide wallpaper images, prices, and an informative video. … [Read more...]

De Bethune Demonstrates Résonique High-Frequency Escapement Breakthrough

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For the past several years, De Bethune has focused its research efforts on developing super-high-frequency escapements. Currently, most escapements operate at 18,000 to 36,000 vph (2.5 to 5 Hz). In 2006, De Bethune demonstrated an experimental 72,000 vph (10 Hz) silicon escapement. Their latest efforts involve engineers, watchmakers, and a physicist, all working to develop a next-gen escapement powered by non-mechanical forces. … [Read more...]

Watches Submitted for the 2011 International Chronometry Contest

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The 18 watches taking part in the 2011 International Chronometry Contest were submitted on Friday May 20 at the Musée d’horlogerie du Locle – Château des Monts. The watches come from the Jura, from Geneva, from France and the United States. The watches will be subjected to a number of tests over the summer, and the results will be announced on October 20. … [Read more...]

IWC Launches New Web Site

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IWC has lunched a completely revamped Web site that showcases the full collection of IWC timepieces through detailed photos and interactive elements that let users experience IWC know-how virtually. The site is beautifully designed and incorporates HTML5, so it is fully functional on the iPad and other mobile devices. This technology provides an excellent foundation for continued innovation. … [Read more...]

Audemars Piguet Launches its iPhone 4 and iPad App

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Designed as a playful variation of its website, the Audemars Piguet application enables users to discover a wealth of content and amazing graphics. The high-resolution screen displays signature models and complex mechanisms. The app includes films starring new models, along with videos highlighting watchmaking expertise. You will also find Audacity.ch, the online magazine with the latest news, innovations, icons and friends of the brand. … [Read more...]

Bulgari Launches Magsonic Grande Sonnerie iPhone and iPad Apps

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Bulgari's new apps for the iPhone and iPad let you explore the Magsonic Grande Sonnerie Tourbillon in high-resolution 3D. You can interact with all watch functions - the tourbillon, dial indicators and sonnerie hammers are all activated by sophisticated software developed specifically for the app. … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Launches Reverso Virtual Museum

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2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, and to celebrate, Jaeger-LeCoultre is launching a virtual online museum dedicated to the iconic reversible watch. Since 1931, owners have made Reversos uniquely their own by having the protective caseback engraved. Reverso owners can earn a place in the history of this watch and the brand by submitting images of their personalized Reversos for possible inclusion in the museum's curated collection. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Releases iPhone and iPad App

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Now you can carry the world of Girard-Perregaux with you wherever you go. Designed for the iPhone and iPad, the brand's new, interactive app enables you to discover the Manufacture's flagship models. It provides a reading of real time elapsed since opening, and a virtual try-on function for all the Girard-Perregaux watches. Play with the Girard-Perregaux Jackpot Tourbillon, and compare your score on-line with users from around the world. … [Read more...]

Hublot Launches New iPhone App and Contest

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Today Hublot is launching a new iPhone application, available free in the Apple App Store. The application allows users to discover the complete Hublot 2010 collection and also offers a several entertaining, original - and in one case even sensitive - experiences which are guaranteed to surprise. The app includes an online game and a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to a Manchester United match in the Stadium of Light. … [Read more...]

Omega Launches iPhone App

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Omega puts its world at your fingertips with its new iPhone app. Carry the entire collection, including images and technical data about every Omega watch, in your pocket. The Watchfinder function lets you select the timepieces that have the exact specifications you are looking for, and you can save your choices as Favorites. The app also displays the correct time and date on a De Ville Hour Vision. Tap the dial and view the animated Co-Axial caliber 8611 through the sapphire case back. … [Read more...]

Panerai Launches iPhone App

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Officine Panerai dives into the digital age with a new iPhone app. The app is available at no cost in iTunes (link below). Now Paneristi everywhere can share the Panerai experience anytime, anywhere. The app offers users exclusive information about new collections, upcoming events, and official boutique locations. A game lets you test your Paneristi knowledge, and you can download wallpapers and high-res images. Panerai customers can also locate and contact product service experts throughout the … [Read more...]

Tissot Lets You Try on Virtual Watches in Real Time 3D

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Tissot has added 3D augmented reality technology to its website, allowing visitors to try on virtual watches in 3D and to interact with features on the brand's pioneering Touch collection. When visitors hold their wrist in front of their webcam, they see themselves "wearing" virtual 3D watches in real time. 28 watch variations from the Touch collection are available to try on, including the new Sailing-Touch, T-Touch Expert and Sea-Touch. … [Read more...]