Swatch Group Acquires Harry Winston Watch & Jewelry

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The Swatch Group has added another jewel — or, more precisely, jeweler — to its crown. The Bienne, Switzerland-based company, which owns watch brands ranging from Swatch to Hamilton to Omega to Breguet, announced Monday that it is acquiring world-renowned jewelry brand Harry Winston, which in recent years has also become a bastion of high watchmaking. … [Read more...]

Breitling Designs Limited Edition Timepiece with Govberg Jewelers

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In an exclusive partnership with Govberg Jewelers, Breitling has unveiled the Chronomat 44 Limited Edition, limited to only 50 numbered pieces. Govberg Jewelers is the oldest Breitling retailer in North America, having sold the brand's timepieces since 1987. … [Read more...]

First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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With the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney heating up, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December 2008). Click here to find out what brands graced the wrists and waistcoasts of our chief executives. … [Read more...]

Breitling and Hamilton Jewelers Partner to Create the Chronomat 44 Hamilton 100th Edition

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To celebrate its 100th anniversary as a family-owned and operated business, Hamilton Jewelers has teamed with Breitling (also a family-owned business) to create a limited edition timepiece, the Chronomat 44 Hamilton 100th Edition. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s September-October Issue is On Sale Now!

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WatchTime’s September-October issue is on newsstands now, with tests of Rolex's new Explorer II and Breitling Transocean, an in-depth technical report on the Cartier ID Two concept watch, brand profiles of Ball Watch and Hanhart, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Idol Time: American Idol’s Randy Jackson Talks Timepieces with WT

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It's been a big week for "American Idol's" Randy Jackson. Not only is "AI" fandom abuzz over his future as a judge on the popular musical competition program, but this week also saw the launch of a new business venture for the famously watch-loving Jackson — Timepieces by Randy Jackson, a new line of watches (most of them affordably priced at $99 to $499) that will initially be sold on cable TV's HSN Home Shopping Network. The watches will be produced by Clyde Dunier, Inc. a fourth-generation … [Read more...]

Baume & Mercier Adds Hampton Mini Timepieces

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Baume & Mercier have introduced a new line of ladies' mini timepieces to their Hampton Collection. These petite quartz watches have a 34.5 x 22mm case. In addition to the stainless steel bracelet, they will also be available with an alligator strap in a variety of colors. … [Read more...]

Facetime for July 14

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Thanks to all of our readers who have sent in great pictures so far. Send us your pictures so you can share your watch collection with fellow watch buffs. If you’d like to be featured here, in our magazine, or on our other social networks, send us a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) at photo@watchtime.com. … [Read more...]

Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol (Video)

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An aviation-inspired watch released this year as part of Hamilton's 120th anniversary celebration, the Khaki X-Patrol offers a unique and eminently useful feature for anyone who regularly finds himself traveling between America and other world destinations: a mechanical conversion function that allows the wearer to quickly calculate miles into kilometers, feet into meters, et cetera. The watch's two scales — one on the periphery of the dial and one on a turning bezel — provide conversions … [Read more...]

Roland G. Murphy’s American Way

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Making a watch movement in Switzerland is one thing. Making one in the USA is quite another. Just ask Roland G. Murphy, founder of RGM Watch Company. Click here to read WatchTime's profile of Murphy and his brand as we kick off our "Salute to America" week devoted to American watchmaking and watches that celebrate America. … [Read more...]

G-Shock & Maharishi Release First Limited Edition Collaborative Timepiece

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G-Shock and UK based street wear label, maharishi, have unveiled their first collaboration – a limited edition chronograph inspired by the dazzle paint scheme used on Navy battleships to confuse German torpedo operators during World War I. This graphic black and white “Bambazzle” patterned watch, the GA110MH-7A, features shock resistance, 200M water resistance, magnetic resistance, Auto LED light with afterglow, 48 city world time, 1/1000th stopwatch with speed indicator, 4 daily alarms … [Read more...]

Hamilton Celebrates 120 Years With Exhibit at New York’s Tourneau Time Machine

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Hamilton Watch Company, founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, marks its 120th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Hamilton has collaborated with the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC) , one of the world’s largest museums devoted to the art, science and history of timepieces and timekeeping, to curate a month-long public exhibit of Hamilton archives at New York City's Tourneau Time Machine. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer to Supply Watches and Eyewear for Oracle Racing’s America’s Cup Defense

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TAG Heuer and Oracle Racing have announced a partnership that will see the Oracle Racing crew outfitted with TAG Heuer watches and eyewear during the America’s Cup World Series and the 34th America’s Cup, the finals of which will take place on San Francisco Bay in September, 2013. … [Read more...]

Hamilton Pan Europ

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Inspired by a Hamilton timepiece of the same name originally introduced in 1971, the modern Pan Europ takes a nostalgic look back in time. The year 1971, also the number of pieces in this limited edition, is a significant date in Hamilton's history. It marks the year the brand joined the Swatch Group, then known as SSIH. Find wallpaper for this piece inside. … [Read more...]

Hamilton Pan Europ

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Hamilton is offering a revisited and gently nostalgic interpretation of the Pan Europ, the brand’s first automatic chronograph launched in 1971 and equipped with the famous Caliber 11. With its sturdy, slightly square case, red hands and blue dial and bezel, the new Pan Europ radiates tradition. The 1,971-piece limited edition is equipped with a Swiss high-grade automatic chronograph movement, the H31 caliber. The image below may be enlarged with a click. TECHNICAL … [Read more...]

Visual Quiz: Mystery Watches

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Can you identify manufacturers without seeing their names on the dials? We’ve lined up a dozen images, sans brand identification, to test your visual skills. Some watches are current, while others were produced in years gone by. As always, the answers appear at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]

Reader’s Story: My Timing Was Right

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For WatchTime reader Stu Gleich, lucky timing and an amazing bit of serendipity let his two passions - watches and music - take him someplace he never dreamed he might end up. He sent us his story, and we thought you would enjoy it. … [Read more...]

2010: The Year In Review Quiz, Part II

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Once again we look at the biggest and smallest stories of the year. Were you paying attention? As always, the answers appear at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]

Trivia Quiz: Hollywood Watches

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This time around our quiz features (mostly) action films, and we throw in a small-screen question or two. Do you know which watches these characters wore? This ticket to the movies is free, and as always, the answers appear at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]

Back to the Future: The New Hamilton Pulsomatic Automatic

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s first LED digital watch, made by Hamilton. The American brand is celebrating the invention of the technology that revolutionized the watch industry with the new Hamilton Pulsomatic, a digital timepiece with Swiss craftsmanship in the form of an automatic movement. … [Read more...]