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Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue: 17 Watches With Blue Dials and Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

One of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S. — is the blue-on-blue dial-strap combination. We took a look at watches unveiled at the 2013 watch fairs as well as watches released within recent years, and compiled a list of 17 timepieces from brands on the blue bandwagon. First unveiled at … [Read more...]

3 New Jaquet Droz Watches for China’s Year of the Horse

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute - Horse

As Americans mark the start of 2014, China celebrates the Year of the Horse, the seventh sign in the Chinese Zodiac. To commemorate it, Jaquet Droz, a watch brand long associated with China, is releasing a series of Ateliers d'Art timepieces with artistic dials. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Previews the Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse

Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Eclipse

The new Perpetual Calendar Éclipse by Jaquet Droz, available in two dial colors, showcases the brand's distinctive moon-phase display. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I list the attributes of this new timepiece, which is crafted in Jaquet Droz's ancestral home of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek Jr.

Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we examined the 2013 list to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are: … [Read more...]

“Sound” Investments: 7 New Chiming Watches

Piaget Minute Repeater front

One of the most difficult complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at seven new minute repeaters that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]

Her Time: 5 New Ladies’ Watch Collections from 5 Luxury Brands

Cartier Les Heures Fabuleuses - PHOENIX

We've covered dozens of new watch releases from the SIHH and Baselworld watch fairs here at WatchTime.com, as well as in our print edition. The vast majority of these have been targeted squarely at the male consumer. But several brands have also launched entirely new collections this year aimed at the ladies market, some with in-house movements, high jewelry, or both. Here are five of them. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Reviews Jaquet Droz’s “The Charming Bird,” with Photos, Audio, and Video

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird - front

On my recent trip to Shanghai I had the opportunity to put my hands on a luxury item that in the 18th century was accessible only to emperors and kings — namely, a wristwatch with a singing automaton. Yes, of course, the wristwatch had yet to be invented in the 18th century, and automatons were found instead on table clocks, but Jaquet Droz's new piece, The Charming Bird, would have been right … [Read more...]

More Unique Pieces From Only Watch 2013

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More watch brands are unveiling their unique timepieces to be auctioned at the upcoming Only Watch in Monaco. Below, we take a look at the pieces to be offered by Bell & Ross, Richard Mille, and Jaquet Droz. All proceeds of the auction, held on September 28th 2013, will benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Bell & Ross is offering a set of six watches in a … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces for 2013

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, new models introduced in 2013 that most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. Here are my top 17 (Why 17? Why not?), with photos and very brief descriptions. (For more detailed info on many of these pieces, search watchtime.com and watch-insider.com.) … [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...]

Video: Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

Jaquet Droz has channeled the spirit of its namesake, the 18th-century inventor renowned for his complicated automatons and musical clockworks — many of them using singing birds — with its new ultra-complicated timepiece, the Bird Repeater. Click here to see more photos and details of Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater. Click below for a video of the Bird Repeater... Receive all the … [Read more...]

Chimes and Birdsong: Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

JD Bird Repeater front

Jaquet Droz has channeled the spirit of its namesake, the 18th-century inventor renowned for his complicated automatons and musical clockworks — many of them using singing birds — with its new ultra-complicated timepiece, the Bird Repeater. … [Read more...]

“Inside Basel-Geneva” Tour Kicks Off in Chicago

Chicago IBG ballroom

The 2012 edition of WatchTime's popular "Inside Basel-Geneva" collectors' events opened up in grand fashion last week, with the first of this year's series taking place at the luxurious Union League Club of Chicago. Click here for more details and a slideshow of photos from the evening. … [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...]

New Jaquet Droz Tourbillon

Jaquet Droz presents two new tourbillons based on the brand's emblematic Grande Seconde models. Available in white gold with a Côtes de Genève dial (ref. 34240) or in red gold with a Grand Feu enameled dial (ref. 33200), this 43mm diameter watch features a tourbillon carriage crafted from sapphire crystal. Find wallpaper images inside. Updated- USA list price added. … [Read more...]

Only Watch World Tour Runs August 30 – September 22

On September 23, the Principality of Monaco will stage the world-famous Only Watch charity watch auction. Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 40 unique timepieces will be sold by leading horological auction house Antiquorum. Leading up to the auction, the featured timepieces will be on tour, visiting many of the world's leading collecting capitals. … [Read more...]

The Man Behind the Brand: Pierre Jaquet-Droz

Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a real devil. Or at least people thought so. In 1758, Jaquet-Droz, whose name lives on in the high-end mechanical-watch brand owned by the Swatch Group, scared so many people with his mysterious, other-worldly machines that he was suspected of witchcraft. … [Read more...]

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Minute Repeater

Jaquet Droz presents this new minute repeater in the brand's iconic "figure 8" Grande Seconde design. Deceptively simple in appearance, the complex movement's twin hammers chime the time to the minute. The 43mm diameter case and hands are 18 carat red gold. The ivory color dial is hand-crafted Grand Feu enamel, unique in both tint and grain. This piece will be produced in a limited series of just … [Read more...]

Big Shots: Images from 2009

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For those of you who like to collect watch images, we've assembled a few that we presented in larger resolutions during the past year. We have a little of everything... something old, something new, something for everyone. Simply click the smaller images to view the larger versions. Enjoy! … [Read more...]