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Breaking the Mold: 5 Offbeat Watches from Baselworld

Stefan Kudoke watch

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 that are outside the mainstream. Some are newcomers, and some return year after year, reliably delighting us with their unique vision. In this feature from WatchTime's October 2013 issue, we take a look … [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 a fair chance as well, of course. The big advantage of owning a watch from one of these brands is that you will have a piece designed or crafted without too many concessions to sales and marketing … [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 little-known independent watchmakers. Click here to watch a video of one of this year's most interesting newcomers, the Breva Génie 01. … [Read more...]

Video: Controlled Chaos: Harry Winston’s Opus XI

Harry Winston Opus XI

Meet the Harry Winston Opus XI. The circles, spins and flips of carnival rides were what inspired Denis Giguet in his design of the Opus XI, unveiled last year as part of Harry Winston’s Opus series featuring offbeat watches conceived by various independent watchmakers. Every hour, on the hour, in the span of 2 or 3 seconds, the hour display – a system comprised of a multitude of wheels, … [Read more...]

Bonus Audio: Excerpts from WatchTime’s Interview with Peter Speake-Marin

Peter Speake-Marin

In WatchTime's February issue, on sale next week, executive editor Norma Buchanan profiles Peter Speake-Marin, the British watchmaker who has been plying his trade as an independent for a decade. Click below for audio excerpts from Buchanan's exclusive interview with Speake-Marin. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum to Sponsor Geneva Time Exhibition

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Auction house Antiquorum will serve as an official sponsor of the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE), a watch exhibition running concurrently with the larger, better-known SIHH watch salon in January, which showcases smaller, independent watchmakers. Since its launch in January 2010, the GTE's stated goal has been to bring together the leading independents under one roof, giving them the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Roland G. Murphy’s American Way

Roland G. Murphy

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...]

The Big Reveal: Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three

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Like many others, I was intrigued by the invitation to see the Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three "Reveal" at this year's Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland. Only when I finally got a good look at the shrouded-in-secrecy timepiece — the third model in the haut-de-gamme "Masters of Time" collection, which teams up noted independent watchmakers who pool their skills to produce innovative, … [Read more...]

Dominique Loiseau on Girard-Perregaux: The WatchTime Q&A

Watchmaker Dominique Loiseau

French-born watchmaker Dominique Loiseau first caught the attention of watch collectors in the 1980s, the great wasteland years of the mechanical watch industry when quartz ruled the watch-world roost. His complex and creative inventions, such the Rose des Temps clock, the Blancpain 1735 wristwatch and the 1f4 models from his own independent atelier, have made him a legend among the collector … [Read more...]

Speake-Marin Goes Back to His Roots With Renaissance Tourbillon Minute Repeater

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While he was working at the Swiss movement manufacturer Renaud et Papi, British watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin created, on his own time, a pocketwatch with a tourbillon and two power trains that is today referred to as the Foundation Watch. It is so named because it established Speak-Marin's horological bonafides and provided the foundation for his own independent atelier, established in 2000. … [Read more...]

EU Probes Watch Manufacturers Over Parts Supply Policies

European Union (EU) antitrust regulators have announced that they will investigate claims that luxury watch manufacturers are refusing to supply spare parts to independent watchmakers and repairers, a breach of EU competition rules. The European Commission did not identify the companies involved in the probe, however Swatch Group has confirmed that it is one of the targets. … [Read more...]

Inside Basel/Geneva 2011 Will Be Better Than Ever!

For watch enthusiasts and collectors, nothing beats an evening with fellow watch lovers, surrounded by the latest watches from the top brands, with knowledgeable executives on hand to answer questions. Add to the mix great food and wine and noted collector Jeff Kingston’s multi-media presentation of the Swiss show highlights, and it adds up to an event that simply can’t be missed! Inside … [Read more...]

Geneva Time Exhibition

More than 35 independent watchmakers and brands will exhibit their work at the International Conference Center in Geneva. Learn more at the official website. … [Read more...]

12 FACES OF TIME Profiles Top Watchmakers

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The mood was refreshingly festive inside a packed pavilion in front of Hall 1 at Basel as luminaries from the world of watches gathered to celebrate Elizabeth Doerr’s new book, 12 FACES OF TIME: HOROLOGICAL VIRTUOSOS. Slated for release this fall, 12 FACES is a non-commercial, close-up look at 12 leading independent watchmakers and their mechanical masterpieces. Leonid Khankin, owner and … [Read more...]