Watchmakers

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Tourneau Trains Students for Careers in Watchmaking

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When the average person thinks “watchmaker”, they picture an older man in a white lab coat working in the mountains of Switzerland. Watch retailer Tourneau is challenging that image with a program that gives disadvantaged kids in New York City a chance at a watchmaking career. Company executives gathered recently to recognize the program’s newest group of graduates. … [Read more...]


Audio: Excerpts from our Interview with Arnold & Son Watchmaker Sébastien Chaulmontet

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In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below for audio excerpts from Disher's one-on-one interview with the man behind the watch, Arnold & Son's head of movement development, Sébastien Chaulmontet. … [Read more...]


Louis Moinet: Rewriting Chronograph History

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The Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet has unveiled an artifact that may change how we look at the history of timekeeping — a timekeeping device from the early 19th century, invented by the brand's namesake, that may be the first chronograph ever created. … [Read more...]


Bonus Audio: Excerpts from WatchTime’s Interview with Peter Speake-Marin

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In WatchTime's February issue, on sale next week, executive editor Norma Buchanan profiles Peter Speake-Marin, the British watchmaker who has been plying his trade as an independent for a decade. Click below for audio excerpts from Buchanan's exclusive interview with Speake-Marin. … [Read more...]


North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking Celebrates First Graduating Class

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The North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking celebrated its first graduating class on April 2. The Class is comprised of students who have completed a two year program and will receive a North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking Watchmaker Certificate. … [Read more...]


Kobold Launches Program to Train Sherpas as Watchmakers

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Kobold has announced a program in which its U.S.-based watchmakers will train a group of Sherpas in the art of watchmaking. The former high-altitude mountain guides from Nepal’s Himalaya region will begin learning how to assemble mechanical wristwatches in March. The one-year-long program also includes a basic course on managing a luxury business. … [Read more...]


Seiko Watchmaker Receives Top Award

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The government of Japan has just announced that Kazuo Takeoka has been awarded the "Medal with Yellow Ribbon" in recognition of his services to watchmaking. The award is given to individuals who, through their diligence and perseverance while engaging in their professional activities, become public role models. … [Read more...]


Zenith Honors Watchmaker’s Milestones With Limited Edition Watch

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On November 30, Zenith celebrated a famous caliber and the 100th birthday of the watchmaker who created it. Ephrem Jobin was the brains and hands behind Caliber 135. Introduced in 1948 at the height of a battle to achieve increased precision fought among several watch manufacturers, Caliber 135 included several innovative technical features that enabled it to win numerous prestigious awards and prizes, including an unprecedented 5 consecutive Neuchâtel Observatory chronometry prizes from 1950 … [Read more...]


Master Watchmaker Derek Pratt Passes Away

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Derek Pratt, one of the world's leading watchmakers, has passed away following a long illness. Derek was a watchmaker's watchmaker and a true scientist of horology. He was often cited as among the greatest living watchmakers, his name mentioned in the same breath as George Daniels, Philippe Dufour, and other modern legends. Derek is also acknowledged as an important influence by many of today's younger horological stars. … [Read more...]