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Orbita Sempre is Automatic Watch Winder for Manual-Wind Watches

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During our annual visits to Orbita at the various watch and jewelry trade shows, we always see an impressive collection of new and existing winders of all sizes, holding anywhere from a single watch to as many as 48. And of course, the vast majority of these Orbita watch winders — and most other watch winders — are equipped to supply power to automatic (that is, self-winding) watches by rotating them at regular intervals so the rotors in the watches' movements can continually supply energy … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 3 Ways to Safely Store Your Watches

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If you have more then one watch, you essentially have a watch collection. So what do you do with your other watch (or watches) when you are leaving home or will be out of town for a couple of days (or weeks)? Allow me to offer a few options for safe storage of any watches you're not currently wearing, to ensure that your precious collection is not subject to burglary, fire, or other loss. … [Read more...]


7 Rare Watches at Antiquorum’s 40th Anniversary Auction

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Geneva-based Antiquorum Auctioneers turns 40 this year, and it is celebrating with an auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces,” to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, on Saturday, February 22. Among the highlights of the more than 250 timepieces on the block are a rare, steel Patek Philippe chronograph; a prototype Richard Mille tourbillon watch; and several vintage Rolexes. … [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...]


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...]


Fratello Friday – 5 Tips For Buying a New Watch

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Did you read my Fratello Friday article of a few weeks ago about buying vintage watches? In this week’s Fratello Friday I offer some tips for buying a new watch. When I am writing for Fratellowatches or when contributing to the WatchTime website, I tend to forget that not everyone is a watch nut or has an in-depth knowledge about watches or watch manufacturers. Of course, this is not mandatory when buying a new watch, but let me at least give you some hints and tips when you are buying a … [Read more...]


Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

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Oris, long known for its professional-grade divers' watches, has achieved a watch-world milestone with its latest, the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge. The watch, introduced at this year's Baselworld, is the first divers' watch that measures depth by allowing water to enter the timepiece — a feature that would normally be a serious divers' watch no-no. … [Read more...]


Detroit-Based Shinola Releases New Limited-Edition Runwell Watches

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Just in time for Father's Day, the Detroit-based watch brand Shinola, which we profiled in the December 2012 issue of WatchTime, will be rolling out new styles of its Runwell watch, a limited edition that proved to be a hit for the newly launched brand, selling out within a week on its website. … [Read more...]


Fossil Goes Upscale With New Swiss-Made Watches

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Texas-based Fossil, Inc., known for its range of low-priced, mass market wristwatches and accessories, has launched a new collection of Swiss-made timepieces, the first from the brand to include Swiss movements, including some mechanicals, with prices ranging from $695 to $995. … [Read more...]


SIHH Day Four: Vacheron Constantin and Ralph Lauren

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Geneva’s luxurious SIHH watch fair rolls on. Here's a taste of the new releases from two more of the exhibiting brands. Vacheron Constantin raised lots of eyebrows this year with its bold and unexpected (at least by those of us in the watch press) decision to focus its 2013 SIHH novelties entirely on ladies. That’s correct: not a single new release from Vacheron this year is a men’s watch. Fortunately for the fairer sex, the women’s pieces that the brand introduced have a little … [Read more...]


Mountain Climbing: Montblanc’s Journey to Haute Horlogerie

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In this profile piece from WatchTime's January-February 2009 issue, executive editor Norma Buchanan reveals how Montblanc, a brand best known for pens, entered the heady world of haute horlogerie, and explores the brand's ultra-complicated Grand Tourbillon Heures Mystérieuses. … [Read more...]


SlingShox for G-Shocks

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Avid Casio G-Shock fans looking to upgrade their collection on the cheap are advised to check out a recently launched brand of G-Shock accessories known as SlingShox — a line of silicone skins that wrap around existing G-Shock models to give the watch a new look. … [Read more...]


Elegant Accessories: TAG Heuer Racer Smartphone

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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...]


Buben and Zorweg’s Grand Collector Inbuilt

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Buben and Zorweg, a company specializing in watch winders and display cases, has released their newest piece, the Grand Collector Inbuilt. … [Read more...]


Elegant Accessories: Pens for Watch Lovers

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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...]


LeDIX Furtif by Celsius X VI II

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After five years in development, Celsius X VI II has released LeDIX Furtif, a mechanical mobile phone. This timepiece/cellphonefeatures an off-center tourbillon and the "Remontage Papillon," a system housed in the hinge of the phone, providing the watch movement with an additional three hours’ power reserve with each opening. The case is made of all black carbon fiber. There are three limited editions of 8 pieces each, featuring a choice of pink gold, platinum, or black inserts. … [Read more...]


Döttling’s Liberty Barcelona Watch Safe

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Safe manufacturer Döttling has announced the Liberty Barcelona safe. Its design is inspired by the famous Barcelona Chair, created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929. The safe will be manufactured in a limited edition of 29 numbered pieces and will be available in the German and European security grades I-V depending on the security requirements of the buyer. … [Read more...]


Montegrappa Presents Pope With a Unique Pen

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News for pen aficionados: Montegrappa presented to Pope Benedict XVI a Montegrappa N.S. Virgen de Guadalupe Pen. The gift commemorates his first visit to Mexico, while also celebrating the first 100 years of the Montegrappa brand. The pen is an exclusive Montegrappa creation, crafted this year to mark the 480th anniversary of the appearance of the patron saint of Mexico and Latin America, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on the hill known as Cerro del Tepeyac. Made out of sterling silver and a … [Read more...]


Elegant Accessories: The Gucci Time Box by Scatola del Tempo

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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...]


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...]


Ulysse Nardin and Visconti Create Unique Fountain Pen

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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...]


New Tourbillon Pen Compliments Cufflinks

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Totally Worth It, the U.S. distributor of luxury watch brands including Armin Strom, Hautlence, Linde Werdelin and Ladoire, presents the TF Est. 1968 "Tourbillon" Pen to match the TF Est. 1968 cufflinks. The pen, available in several finishes, mounts the "tourbillon" at a 45° angle on the top, making it easily visible when the pen is in your pocket. Find pricing, availability and retailers inside. … [Read more...]


TAG Heuer’s First U.S. Boutique: The Store, and the Story Behind It

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TAG Heuer formally opened its first-ever USA boutique with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas on June 2. Attendees included TAG Heuer worldwide CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and Philippe Pascal, president of the LVMH Watch & Jewelry Group. WatchTime spoke with both. We look at the store, and the strategy behind it. … [Read more...]


Richemont Reports Strong Results for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31

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Richemont saw strong sales growth across all segments and geographic regions for the year ended March 31, with the specialist watchmakers posting record sales and profits despite the stronger Swiss franc. The group reported record cash flow from operations of €1.696 billion. Operating profit increased by 63%, double the rate of growth of sales, to €1.355 billion. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Launches New Website

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Bell & Ross is an online pioneer. In 1999 it was among the first brands to create its own website. In 2009, it was the first to make all of its models available for purchase online. In 2011, the new ambition is to make the web the brand's greatest showcase, and to create a virtual web experience as close as possible to an actual shopping experience. … [Read more...]


Gentlemen’s Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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Still seeking the right gift for the watch aficionados and other men of discerning taste on your shopping list? Check out WatchTime’s lineup of luxurious items and accessories for some last-minute ideas. … [Read more...]


Racing Rarities Classic 1970s-era timepieces from TAG Heuer’s motorsports heyday go on the auction block.

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The list of watch brands to which entire auctions have been devoted is short — Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, and a handful of others come to mind. TAG Heuer joins that elite group this year, just in time for the brand’s 150th anniversary. WatchTime previews the sale. … [Read more...]


Richemont Reports Strong Sales Results

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Richemont has announced that its sales for the five months ended August 31 2010 increased by 37 percent at actual exchange rates. At constant exchange rates and excluding the impact on sales of the acquisition of Net-a-Porter.com in April 2010, sales increased by 22 percent. The Group acknowledges that its results reflect, in part, low sales figures for 2009. … [Read more...]


Orbita Casetta Gets Rotorwind System

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Orbita's Casetta watchwinder is now available with their patented Rotorwind System. The Casetta is available as a free-standing module or housed in a Brazilian Rosewood case with a high-gloss lacquer finish. The suede-lined cases are fitted with gold-plated quadrant hinges and a beveled glass viewing window. … [Read more...]


Cartier Opens New Store in the Forum Shops at Caesars

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Cartier has opened a new, significantly larger store in The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. The new boutique is located at the mall entrance in front of the Fountain of the Gods. To celebrate the opening, clients are invited to view The Cartier Precious Jewelry and Timepiece Collection in the new boutique through August 30. The collection includes more than 100 exceptional pieces which will be traveling throughout the country this year. … [Read more...]