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 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. We reported on it in this feature from our March-April 2010 issue. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s November-December Issue is On Sale Now!

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The November-December issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Omega Speedmaster Mark II, a showcase of Patek Philippe's 24 most historic wristwatches, a horological tour of Switzerland's Vallée de Joux,  and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue… … [Read more...]


Smartwatches – Smartphones for Your Wrist (Updated with Apple Watch)

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After smartphones come the smartwatches: IT companies — and, perhaps, even some traditional watch companies — are bringing intelligent watches onto the market, and the demand for them is growing. Scroll down for a primer on these groundbreaking devices, including the latest news on the long-rumored Apple smartwatch which was finally launched on September 09, 2014. … [Read more...]


WatchTime at 15: A Growing Audience of 600,000

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This year WatchTime celebrates its 15th anniversary. What started as a small watch magazine in 1999 has become what some regard as the world’s best watch magazine. One of those is Sidin Vadakut, a journalist with Mint, a leading business newspaper in India, who has no connection to WatchTime other than as a reader. In 2012, he wrote in Mint: “For more than a decade, Joe Thompson and his team have produced arguably the most influential watch magazine in the world. With an unmatched reputation … [Read more...]


WatchTime is World’s First Watch Magazine to Win 7 Digital Magazine Award Nominations

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The Digital Magazine Awards, one of the world's largest awards for digital media and publishing, have announced their 2014 finalists, and WatchTime has been nominated in four categories: specialist magazine of the year, magazine website of the year, men's lifestyle magazine of the year, and publisher of the year. Together with last year's nominations WatchTime now has been nominated an unprecedented seven times as a finalist at the Digital Magazine Awards. WatchTime is the world's first watch … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime Magazine Celebrates 15 years with Special Subscription Rate

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New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, celebrates 15 years of wristwatch journalism this year. On the occasion of this anniversary, WatchTime is offering its readers a special offer: Watch enthusiasts will now be invited to receive two years’ worth of WatchTime for the price of one. … [Read more...]


The Apple Watch: Pros and Cons

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Eleven years ago, after Bill Gates personally introduced Microsoft smartwatches at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I wrote a column in WatchTime entitled “Honk If You Want a Computer On Your Wrist!” The column asked the following simple question: “Does anyone really want this contraption?” … [Read more...]


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 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 for the Indian market. … [Read more...]


Thanks, Wolfgang. Welcome, Dominik.

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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 name of the man who made it all possible – Wolfgang Blum. Blum is WatchTime's founding father, and … [Read more...]


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

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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

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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 distributed Roger Dubuis, among other brands. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s June App Now Available

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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 World Time watch - the first ever to display all 37 of the world's time zones. Plus iPad exclusives: 71 … [Read more...]


Images from WatchTime’s NYC Hublot Event

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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, Mark Bernardo and Amy Bernstein. … [Read more...]


The Decade that Was

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You can’t see us, but we’ve got our party hats on. This September, WatchTime magazine celebrates its 10th birthday. To mark the event, we’re publishing in our September-October issue (on newsstands now) a 38-page special section on the wild, wacky watch decade that just ended. The bulk of the section is a rundown of the top 10 watch-related stories from 1999 until now. Here’s a glimpse at that top 10 (for a fuller view, you’ll have to read the magazine). … [Read more...]