Watches Submitted for the 2011 International Chronometry Contest

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...]

Rolex Romps 7 Million Chronometers in a Decade

Watch enthusiasts know that when it comes to producing Swiss chronometers, there are the Big Three Brands – Rolex, Omega and Breitling – and then there’s all the rest. Just how big the Big Three are in chronometer production becomes startlingly clear when you analyze Swiss chronometer output by brand over the past decade. … [Read more...]

Who are Switzerland’s Top Chronometer Producers?

Rolex, Omega and Breitling once again lead the list of Switzerland’s top producers of chronometer watches. Data recently released for 2009 by Switzerland’s official chronometer testing agency, COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), shows that the Big Three accounted for 78% of all chronometer certificates issued that year. (A watch is designated as a certified chronometer if its … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer

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Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronometer generated strong buzz among collectors and enthusiasts at this year’s Baselworld, and as of December, 2009, the watch is available at retailers. This is GO’s first timepiece to confirm its timekeeping accuracy with an official chronometer certificate from the observatory in Glashütte, issued under German standard DIN 8319. The DIN standard provides … [Read more...]

Another Record Year for COSC in 2008

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After setting records in 2006 and 2007, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) once again issued a record number of attestations in 2008 with 1,599,588, an increase of +8.6% over the 2007 results. The number of timepieces submitted rose by 10.6% to 1,676,515. Of these, 1,536,950 were awarded to mechanical movements and 62,638 went to quartz calibers, with the large majority of the … [Read more...]

Porsche Design Rattrapante Chronograph P´6920

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Porsche Design presents the limited edition 45mm P´6920 Rattrapante Chronograph with a design reminiscent of their P'6920 Indicator. The Rattrapante is available in 2 versions: PVD-coated titanium (200 pieces, priced at $27,550), and PVD-coated titanium with a rose gold bezel (50 pieces, priced at $35,730). … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronometer

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Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronometer generated strong buzz among collectors and enthusiasts at this year’s Baselworld. The Chronometer’s classic look incorporates vintage and modern elements. It’s also GO’s first timepiece to confirm its timekeeping accuracy with an official chronometer certificate from the observatory in Glashütte, issued under German standard DIN 8319. The major … [Read more...]