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Jukebox Hero: Harry Winston Opus 14 Launches in Rock ‘n’ Roll Style

Harry Winston Opus 14

The most secretive new watch in recent history finally launched last night, as the long-awaited Harry Winston Opus 14 made its debut at a lavish 1950s-themed party at Kurhaus Casino in Baden-Baden, … [Read more...]

Leather and Lugs: The Making of a Hermès Watch Strap

Hermes leather strap - edge finishing

Watch straps usually play second fiddle to the watches they hold in place. Not at La Montre Hermès, which takes its leather goods as seriously as it does its watchmaking. In this feature from the … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime New York 2015: Emmanuel Bouchet Complication One

Emmanuel Bouchet Complication One - gold case

WatchTime New York, our biggest and most luxurious watch collectors’ event to date, will take place October 23-24 at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. (Click here for event details and to purchase … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: 10 Milestones from 10 Years of Greubel Forsey Watches

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Vision

Greubel Forsey, the boutique luxury watch brand specializing in complicated watches with multiple tourbillons, marked its 10th anniversary in 2014. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per … [Read more...]

Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Buying Vintage Watches

Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watches

Whether you’re buying out of sentimentality — say, you want to own a watch from the year of your birth — or simply for investment purposes, education is the most important factor when it comes … [Read more...]

Sovereign Statement: Testing the F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain

F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain

F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain is renowned for its rarity and collectibility, but how well does it function as a timekeeper? WatchTime puts the watch through its paces in this exclusive test … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret: Playing The Odds


Complications specialist Christophe Claret has been designing movements for more than 25 years, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he created a watch collection bearing his own name. The 65 complicated … [Read more...]

Making the Past Present: Inside the Parmigiani Manufacture

Parmigiani dial

Michel Parmigiani holds up an antique singing-bird snuff box and pushes a slider on its side. The lid of the box lifts and out pops a small, mechanical bird, which stands upright at the center of an … [Read more...]

Is Your Wristwatch a “Wrist” Watch? An Insider’s Look at F.P. Journe (Part 3)

FP Journe Chronmetre Dial

From 1910 to 1920, the Swiss industry had hunches on where the market for timekeepers would lead them: pocketwatches or the new craze, wristwatches. In what we call the "conversion era," Swiss … [Read more...]

Home Grown: Testing the RGM 801 Aircraft

RGM 801 Aircraft

What do you get when you cross a historical, American-made pocketwatch with a clock made for military aircraft? You’re reading about it right now. The 801 Aircraft, from RGM, the Lancaster … [Read more...]

Scenes From the WatchTime/F.P. Journe Collectors’ Event in Miami

F.P. Journe event - 1

Miami's most ultra-luxe shopping destination played host to a lively gathering of avid watch collectors, and a rare U.S. appearance by a watch-industry rock star, on June 8, as WatchTime and F.P. … [Read more...]

Sponsored: Power or Precision? An Insider’s Look at F.P. Journe (Part 1)

F.P. Journe Chronometre Caliber

Ten years ago, when F.P. Journe introduced his Chronomètre Souverain, his goal was to achieve a true Chronometer status. Precision has always been the essence of Mr. Journe’s quest. His two first … [Read more...]

RGM Watches: Roland G. Murphy’s American Way

Roland G. Murphy of RGM

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. We spoke with Roland Murphy and took an in-depth … [Read more...]

Breaking the Mold: 5 Offbeat Watches from Baselworld

Stefan Kudoke's KudOkTourbi

Contrary to popular belief, Baselworld is not just a steady stream of tourbillons, chronographs, and watches that are mostly black. The show does play host to some individualists who create watches … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Picks for Last Year’s 5 Top Watches

Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph

It's Fratello Friday! Since 2014 started a good week ago, and this year's new watches start rolling out at the SIHH watch fair just over a week from now, I thought it was time to list my Top 5 … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: The Rise of the Micro Brands

Melbourne Portsea

We have to admit that the title of this week's Fratello Friday article sounds like it's for a new "Transformers" movie, but it really isn't. The only thing that the article has in common with the … [Read more...]

Looking Time in the Eye: Two New HYT Skull Watches

HYT Skull Green Eye - front

Skulls are a popular motif in luxury watches lately — check out our list of some of the most notable ones — and now HYT, one of the most unconventional watchmakers out there, gets in on the act in … [Read more...]

Speake-Marin’s Spirit Wing Commander Goes Into the Wild

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

At Monochrome Watches, we believe watches are made to "live" — to be worn and to have their own story, visible through the marks that adorning their cases and straps. We love watches and always … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Independent Watch Brands Worth Your Time

Christian Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Aquarius

One could say that choosing a watch from one of the big brands (Rolex, Omega, Breitling, et cetera) is going the easy route. There are many alternatives out there from independent brands that deserve … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 with Art Deco Dial

Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 with Art Deco dial

Dear Santa, if you are reading this article, you may consider the timepiece discussed here as the only item on my wish-list for Christmas 2014. This edition of  the Kari Voutilainen GMT-6, with its … [Read more...]

F.P. Journe Octa Sport Titanium

journe sport

The latest timepiece from the enigmatic watchmaker François-Paul Journe is the F.P. Journe Octa Sport in titanium. The new model is part of the independent watch brand's lineSport collection. The … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Harry Winston Z8 Dual Time & Opus Updates


The Z stands for Zalium, a zirconium-based alloy that is lighter and harder than titanium, and exclusive to Harry Winston. While this latest Z-series piece continues past traditions, one significant … [Read more...]

Advertisement: Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 Collection

JLC Master-Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Jaeger-LeCoultre has released an array of new timepieces at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva this week. Click here for detailed information and photos of the all-new … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Richard Mille RM 63-01 Dizzy Hands


From time to time, Watchmakers like to free us from the temporal demands our timepieces can place upon us, because every now and then, we all need to lose track of time. In years gone by, independent … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Piaget Altiplano 900P – Updated with Live Photos

Piaget Altiplano 900P - front

For more than half a century Switzerland’s Piaget has specialized in manufacturing ultra-thin mechanical watches and watch movements. Now it has produced what it says is “the thinnest mechanical … [Read more...]

5 Questions for Max Büsser on the New MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 (Video)

Maximilian Busser of MB&F

Max Büsser, founder and owner of the MB&F watch brand, calls his unconventional haute horlogerie timepieces "horological machines," emphasizing artistry over traditional timekeeping. He visited … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Hermès Unveils its First Tourbillon Watch

Hermes Arceau Lift flying tourbillon

Up until very recently, Hermès was known more as a fashion brand than as a purveyor of haute horlogerie. However, its watchmaking subsidiary, La Montre Hermès, has been challenging those assumptions … [Read more...]

Off the Beaten Path: 5 Unconventional Watches from Baselworld 2013

Breva Génie 01

In the September-October issue of WatchTime (on sale now), we look at over 60 watches from Baselworld 2013. WatchTime's Mike Disher was on the lookout for watches from smaller brands and independent … [Read more...]

Video: Breva Génie 01

Breva Genie 01

In WatchTime's September-October issue, on sale now, technical editor Mike Disher seeks out the most offbeat and under-the-radar timepieces at the 2013 Baselworld watch fair, most produced by … [Read more...]

La Montre Hermès CEO Luc Perramond: The WatchTime Q&A

Luc Perramond, CEO of Hermes watches

Luc Perramond, CEO of La Montre Hermès, the watchmaking division of the famed French fashion house, is on a mission to elevate Hermès timepieces to a higher level of manufacturing self-sufficiency … [Read more...]