Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson is the editor in chief and associate publisher of WatchTime. Joe Thompson is one of the leading watch journalists worldwide.

WatchTime Magazine Announces Launch of WatchTime Middle East

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WatchTime, America’s best-selling luxury watch magazine, has announced the launch of its new Middle East edition. WatchTime Middle East will be based in Dubai and sold throughout the entire region as well as all in large metro areas. The Middle East is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for fine watches. … [Read more...]

WatchTime.com Reaches 1 Million Monthly Page Views

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For the first time in its history, Watchtime’s website, www.watchtime.com, has reached 1 million monthly page views. The website, with its unique mix of news, blog posts, live event coverage, reviews, features, interviews, in-depth analysis and free downloads, has seen strong and steady growth; more than 400,000 readers visit watchtime.com every month. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Joe Thompson Discusses Samsung Smart Watch on CNBC’s “Closing Bell”

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WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Joe Thompson appeared as a guest on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo on September 4. Thompson was one of two guests invited to be interviewed about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch launched earlier that day. Click below to see what Thompson had to say. … [Read more...]

WatchTime Exclusive: Inside Rolex Bienne

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On a rare tour of Rolex’s movement-manufacturing complex in Bienne, Switzerland, WatchTime's Joe Thompson and Norma Buchanan witnessed the making of the Cosmograph Daytona Caliber 4130. Buchanan reported on it in this feature from our March-April 2010 issue. … [Read more...]

“Inside Basel-Geneva” Tour Kicks Off in Chicago

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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...]

WatchTime Hits the Windy City

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A gaggle of WatchTime staffers touched down in Chicago yesterday to prepare for the much-anticipated kickoff of the 2012 "Inside Basel-Geneva" series of watch collector events, which takes place tonight at the prestigious Union League Club. We checked out the event space — it is the first time the Chicago IBG event has been held at the Club — and were suitably impressed by the elegant … [Read more...]

WatchTime Launches India Edition Amidst VIPs and Bollywood Stars

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India is not only one of the world’s most populous nations; it is also one of the world’s fastest growing markets for fine watches. However, until recently, Indian watch lovers have not had a magazine devoted exclusively to their hobby. This month, Ebner Publishing International, parent company of WatchTime, remedies that oversight with the launch of WatchTime India, the first watch magazine … [Read more...]

Inside Basel-Geneva 2012 — Bigger, More Luxurious and Filling Up Fast

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WatchTime and noted watch collector Jeff Kingston are teaming up once again in 2012 to present the seventh annual series of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" events, which this year will all take place in five-star hotels and private clubs and will feature more watch brands than ever before. Held in five cities throughout the U.S., several of the events are already close to being sold out. … [Read more...]

Thanks, Wolfgang. Welcome, Dominik.

What do Robert Morris, John Witherspoon, and Wolfgang Blum have in common? They belong to the fraternity of lesser-known founding fathers. WatchTime readers surely know the names Joe Thompson, Norma Buchanan and Mark Bernardo – our Washington, Jefferson and Franklin. A few trivia nuts may even know who Howard Fine is. But as your eyes move down the masthead, toward the bottom, you’ll find the … [Read more...]

Scenes From Inside Basel/Geneva 2011 New York City and San Francisco

Inside Basel/Geneva was bigger and better than ever this year, with twice as many participating brands compared with last year - as many as 28 independent watchmakers and brands at the shows. Attendance also set all-time records - more than 300 guests in New York. This report includes more than 30 images from the New York City and San Francisco events. Let's see some watches! … [Read more...]

IBG 2011: Chicago and Miami, Part 2

Following the watch fair, it's off to dinner and Jeff Kingston's presentation, covering more than 45 brands from SIHH, Baselworld and the Geneva Time Exhibition. Jeff Kingston (left) at the podium with WatchTime editor in chief Joe Thompson. Joe will also be at every show! Joe introduces Jeff... ...and the presentation gets under way. The watch talk continues over … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer’s First U.S. Boutique: The Store, and the Story Behind It

TAG Heuer formally opened its first-ever USA boutique with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas on June 2. Attendees included TAG Heuer worldwide CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and Philippe Pascal, president of the LVMH Watch & Jewelry Group. WatchTime spoke with both. We look at the store, and the strategy behind it. … [Read more...]

Michelle Veyna Joins A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne has announced that Michelle Veyna has joined the brand as sales manager for the North American market. Ms. Veyna has over 20 years of industry experience, most recently serving as president of the North American division of Parmigiani Fleurier from 2003 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as vice president of sales and marketing for Helvetia Time Corporation, where she … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s June App Now Available

In this issue Joe Thompson profiles Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek, who is not happy with the current state of watch retailing in America, and he lets us know it. Our Baselworld roundup looks at new watches from the world's largest watch show. We enlist a dive instructor to help us test four diver's watches, and we test new models from Panerai and Seiko. We take a close-up look at Vacheron's new … [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...]

Images from WatchTime’s NYC Hublot Event

This past Tuesday night, a select group of WatchTime friends attended an invitation-only event with Hublot at the elegant Park Avenue Autumn restaurant in Manhattan. About 50 attendees enjoyed an evening of delicious food and wine, fabulous watches, and a chance to meet Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver, U.S. president Beatrice de Quervain, Hublot's Mike Margolis, and WatchTime editors Joe Thompson, … [Read more...]

Scenes from the Grand Finale: Inside Basel/Geneva 2010 Chicago

WatchTime’s 2010 Inside Basel/Geneva series finished up high above Chicago at the Mid-America Club on the 80th floor of the Aon Center. It was another night for records as more than 170 guests enjoyed timepieces from 19 participating brands – both all-time highs for Chicago. … [Read more...]

Records Fall at Elegant Inside Basel/Geneva New York

WatchTime's Inside Basel/Geneva 2010 New York City event proved the most successful and most elegant yet as a record gathering of more than 250 enthusiasts and collectors enjoyed a refined evening (jacket and tie required) at one of the city's most prestigious private clubs in the heart of Manhattan. Sixteen leading manufacturers and independents showed their latest creations beneath an ornate, … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s New York ‘Inside Basel-Geneva’ Event Sold Out

WatchTime’s “Inside Basel-Geneva” event in New York City, which will be held on Sept. 14, is sold out. WatchTime is putting names of people wanting to attend on a waiting list, said publisher Wolfgang Blum, but tickets to the event are no longer available. … [Read more...]

The Big Inside Basel/Geneva West Coast Report…The Miami Show is July 14!

Inside Basel/Geneva 2010 kicked off with two West Coast shows that played to full houses as collectors and enthusiasts came out to see the newest watches and to meet the record number of exhibiting brands. Don't forget that the Miami show is July 14. There are still a few tickets left, so check out the West Coast shows in this article, then head over to the sign-up page and come on down! … [Read more...]