Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary

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Tissot, founded in the watchmaking hub of Le Locle, Switzerland in 1853, marks its 160th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, the brand has released a new version of its Tissot Heritage Navigator, a world-time watch originally created on the occasion of Tissot's centennial in 1953. … [Read more...]

Casio Announces Pro Trek PRW3000-1

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Casio is expanding its Pro Trek collection, designed for outdoors enthusiasts, with the introduction of the PRW3000-1. The PRW3000-1 utilizes Casio’s Triple Sensor Version 3 Technology, which features a downsized direction sensor and pressure sensor for altimeter/barometer readings and thermometer, resulting in improved altitude readings and compass measurements, as well as a smaller case size than previous Pro Trek watches. … [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...]

TAG Heuer Commemorates 50 Years of Carrera

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Jack Heuer is the man behind the TAG Heuer Carrera, the iconic sports watch that turns 50 this year. In this story from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal the Carrera's fascinating history, with quotes and insight from Jack himself, and unveil the 2013 TAG Heuer Carrera watches introduced at Baselworld. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2013, Day Four: Rolex, TAG Heuer, Cuervo y Sobrinos, Ulysse Nardin

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My fourth day of reporting from the Baselworld watch fair, I got a look at new watches from a variety of brands, from boutique producers like Cuervo y Sobrinos and Ulysse Nardin to industry giants Rolex and TAG Heuer. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2013 Day Three: Breguet, Jaquet Droz, Girard-Perregaux, Hermès

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Day Three at the Baselworld watch fair was packed, as my WatchTime editorial colleagues and I visited a slew of big-name watch brands and had the opportunity to check out their latest offerings for 2013, including horological milestones from Breguet and Girard-Perregaux. … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Club 2012: Watch Advertising at All-Time High

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In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we provide a complete list of the 60 brands that spent more than $1 million on ads. … [Read more...]

Horology Meets Cuisine: Blancpain Partners with Three-Star Chef Daniel Humm

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Last week, at a luxurious six-course dinner at New York City's world renowned Eleven Madison Park restaurant, Blancpain introduced Daniel Humm, a three-Michelin-starred chef and Blancpain watch enthusiast, as an official "friend of the brand," presenting him with a one-of-a-kind, engraved Fifty Fathoms timepiece. … [Read more...]

Casio Launches New Pro Trek

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Casio has added another model to its Pro Trek line of digital watches, designed for outdoor activities. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Opens Boutique in Paris

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Boutique-mania continues for the luxury watch brands. Vacheron Constantin has opened its latest one in Paris, at 2 Rue de la Paix, the brand's 35th boutique worldwide. … [Read more...]

Hublot Sponsors Scuderia Ferrari Team

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The legendary Scuderia Ferrari racing team is now on Hublot time. … [Read more...]

Facetime February 2

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Welcome to another installment of Facetime! … [Read more...]

Video: Romain Jerome’s Latest Features DNA From the Statue of Liberty

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It’s been 125 years since the Statue of Liberty — a gift from the French to the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence — was first erected in New York Harbor. To commemorate the occasion, Romain Jerome has created a new watch, called Liberty DNA, whose dial contains actual fragments of the statue. Click here to see photos of the Liberty DNA. Click below for the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for … [Read more...]

Video: Omega DeVille Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301

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In a year when Omega has introduced a slew of very high-profile timepieces tied to major events that it sponsors — the London Olympics, the new James Bond film, Golf’s Ryder cup — watch aficionados might have thus far overlooked one of the Swiss brand’s most strikingly elegant new releases for 2012, the new De Ville Chronograph — powered by manufacture Caliber 9301, with Omega’s now-famous co-axial escapement, and outfitted in a rose-gold case and of-the-moment blue dial and … [Read more...]

Video: Piaget’s Gouverneur Collection

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Piaget’s headline introduction at this year’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva was a new collection of dress watches called Gouverneur. The Gouverneur models’ distinguishing feature is the shape of their cases and bezels: all have a round case and an oval dial opening. Each dial, in turn, has a circular chapter ring, creating a round, oval, round pattern from the dial to the outside of the case. Click here to read our report on all three models in the line, including photos of the watches and … [Read more...]

Video: Grieb & Benzinger’s “Blue Danube”

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The German watch firm Grieb & Benzinger is known for its one-of-a-kind skeletonized watches with intricate guilloché embellishments. Two of its notable watches are the Blue Danube and the Blue Whirlwind, the latter a skeletonized tourbillon minute repeater based on a rare Patek Philippe caliber. Click here for photos of the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Whirlwind. Click below to see a video of the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Danube... Receive all the news, features and reviews from … [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...]

A Round of Polo: Testing Piaget’s Iconic Sports Watch

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The Piaget Polo, one of the most famous sports watches of the 1970s, has been retooled with a giant titanium-and-steel case and an automatic movement. In this watch-test feature from our October 2009 issue, WatchTime's Witold Michalczyk puts the three-hand Polo FortyFive through its paces. … [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...]

President Obama’s Jorg Gray 6500

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In the now famous picture of Barack and Michelle Obama hugging, posted on his official Twitter page after his reelection on November 6th (now the most retweeted picture ever), President Obama can be seen wearing his Jorg Gray watch. … [Read more...]

Fortis Celebrates 100th Anniversary with B-47 Mysterious Planets

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fortis, and they've been celebrating the occasion with several limited edition watches. Earlier this year they released a limited re-edition of the Marinemaster Vintage. … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: A Few Weeks With the Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grande Dôme DT

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Regular visitors to Watchtime.com may recall our story from a few months ago, which announced the imminent return to the U.S. market of Dubey & Schaldenbrand, an elegant Swiss watch brand that had been absent from our stores here for several years. Recently, I was made the proverbial offer I couldn't refuse by Dubey's U.S. director of sales and marketing, Christopher Daaboul. He would send me his personal watch — a stainless-steel version of the Grande Dôme DT, in the brand's … [Read more...]

Casio’s New Pro Trek: PRG550B-5

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Casio has just introduced a camouflage timepiece to its Pro Trek collection, the PRG550B-5. Like other Pro Trek watches, the PRG550B-5 is designed for use in outdoor activites and has three sensors: an altimeter/barometer, thermometer, and digital compass. It also features a combination analog & digital display, with a second hand that acts as a compass needle which allows the wearer to read the digital display as well as reference the needle indicator for direction. … [Read more...]

Eric Clapton’s Patek on the Block at Christie’s

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Last week, Christie's auction house held a press preview of jewels and other items from its upcoming auctions. One particular item that caught our eye was this Patek Philippe watch, a very rare Ref. 2499/100 from the personal collection of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Manufactured in 1987, the watch has a perpetual calendar, chronograph and moon-phase. Christie's expects this timepiece — one of only two platinum versions of this reference ever made — to fetch 2,500,000 to 4,000,000 … [Read more...]

The Britains are Coming: Burberry’s New Watch Collection

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Following in the footsteps of brands like Ralph Lauren, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, all of which have made moves to enhance the perception of so-called fashion watches, the British fashion house Burberry is releasing a new high-end wristwatch collection with Swiss movements, called the Britain. … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret’s Soprano Tourbillon Minute Repeater Takes the Stage

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Christophe Claret, known for creating complicated timepieces with tourbillons and repeater mechanisms, has released his most ambitious such model yet, called the Soprano. The watch's signature features are its 60-second tourbillon, stepped "Charles X" bridges made of sapphire, and a musically accurate four-note minute repeater striking Westminster chimes on cathedral gongs. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe and Harry Winston Headline Antiquorum’s October Auction

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Antiquorum, the world's leading auction house devoted to watches, will hold its fall "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction on October 19th at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. More than 300 timepieces will be up for bid, including several notable Patek Philippe watches and rare models from Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: A Menagerie of Artistic Animal Dials

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Wildlife — from starfish to birds to tigers — is a popular theme in this year's watches with decorative and artistic dials, particularly in Cartier's Cartier d'Art series and Vacheron Constantin's Métiers d'Art collection. We've compiled a gallery of timepieces from the two brands so you can download these miniature masterpieces for your desktop — at a size that does justice to their intricately executed dials. Click on the photos to enlarge the images. … [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...]

Girard-Perregaux Unveils Le Corbusier Trilogy of Limited-Edition Watches

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La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Swiss Jura, is regarded as the cradle of fine watchmaking, but it is also the birthplace of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known more widely as Le Corbusier, one of the titans of modern architecture and design. Now, Girard-Perregaux, a watch brand based in La Chaux-de-Fonds and long associated with Le Corbusier's estate, has released a trilogy of watches with designs based on his work. … [Read more...]