Review: 9 iPad Apps for Watch Aficionados

Watch Apps

Though tablets such as the iPad arrived on the market just a few years ago, it is already difficult to imagine our lives without them, and the world of apps that complement them. But have you ever thought about how a tablet app could help you choose your next watch, or even help enhance your passion for watches in general? … [Read more...]

Need a Gift for Her? Here are 25 Ladies’ Watches from WatchTime.com and Watch Insider

A. Lange & Söhne Ladies Saxonia Automatic

With the holiday season upon us, many of you are probably seeking out a gift for the lady in your life. Why not share with her your passion for fine watches? We've decided to make your search a bit easier by gathering several of our recent articles on ladies' watches all in one place. Follow the links below, where we highlight recently released ladies' watches to narrow down your gift options. In Watch Insider’s Top 15 Ladies’ Watches of 2013, Alexander Linz shares his choices for the top … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Patek Philippe Worldtimer watch

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are my top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. All of these watches, whether you refer to them as … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Recently I had the opportunity to see the latest masterpiece from Montblanc's Villeret collection, the 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, presented by new Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert. In this article, originally run on my blog, Watch Insider.com, I explore the watch and provide original photos and a short HD video. … [Read more...]

A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

Patek Philippe - Only Watch 2013

The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]

21 Watch Brands, 250+ Guests at WatchTime’s IBG Event in New York

WatchTime IBG New York 2013

WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" (IBG) series of watch-collector events made its annual stop in the Big Apple on Sept. 17 for its biggest show of the year. The event, which boasted 21 watch-brand sponsors and more than 250 guests, was held for the first time at New York's luxurious Pierre Hotel. Click here for photos from the evening. … [Read more...]

WatchTime “Inside Basel.Geneva 2013″ Tour Kicks Off in Chicago

WatchTime IBG event - Chicago

WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" (IBG) series of watch-collector events, held in cooperation with noted collector and watch expert Jeff Kingston and featuring more than a dozen luxury watch-brand sponsors, was held last week at Chicago's elegant Drake Hotel. Click here for photos from the event. … [Read more...]

Back is Beautiful: 13 New Watch Wallpaper Images

Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

In WatchTime's July-August issue, on sale next week, we present the latest edition in our popular series of "Back is Beautiful" photo features, offering a gallery of fine mechanical watches that are as dazzling through the caseback as they are on the wrist. Click here to download all 13 photos as wallpaper for your desktop. … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Lambert to Become CEO of Montblanc

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As our "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz reported as a rumor in his blog earlier this week, the Richemont Group has announced changes in its Group Management Committee that will result in new leadership at one of its luxury maisons, Montblanc. Click here to read the official release from Richemont. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s May-June Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime May-June 2013 Cover

The May-June issue of WatchTime is in stores now (and also on the iPad), featuring a test of the Cartier Calibre Chronograph, 39 new watches introduced at the Geneva watch fairs, a profile of the new Girard-Perregaux, a head-to-head test of manufacture chronographs from Jaeger-LeCoultre and Montblanc, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Club 2012: Watch Advertising at All-Time High

Top Four Watch Advertisers 2012

In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we provide a complete list of the 60 brands that spent more than $1 million on ads. … [Read more...]

Knights of Gold: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Roundtable

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Round Table - dial closeup

With the new season of HBO's medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" upon us, it seems an appropriate time to highlight a timepiece from Roger Dubuis's new Excalibur collection, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Round Table, a limited-edition model distinguished by its 12 sculptural "knights" stationed at each hour marker. … [Read more...]

Montblanc Star Quantième Complet

Montblanc Star Quantieme Complet-front

Montblanc added a new calendar watch, called the Quantième Complet, to its Star Collection of luxury timepieces at this year's SIHH. As its name implies (Quantième is French for "calendar"), the watch functions as a “complete” or “full” calendar, more versatile than a basic one that displays only the date but not as complicated (nor as pricey) as a full-fledged perpetual calendar. Described by the company as closing the gap between these extremes, the Montblanc Star Quantième … [Read more...]

Video: Montblanc’s TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000

Montblanc TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Frequence 1000 side

If three watches constitute a trend, then measuring milliseconds, or 1/1,000s of a second, is a trend. Two watch brands, each with high-speed horological histories, have launched mechanical chronographs claimed to be capable of accurately measuring 1/1,000s of a second. Last year, TAG Heuer debuted its Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, followed this year by the even faster Mikrogirder. At SIHH this year, Montblanc launched its own millisecond-measuring marvel, the TimeWriter II … [Read more...]

SIHH Day Two: Roger Dubuis, Parmigiani, Montblanc

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Geneva's watch fest rolls on, and your WatchTime team is on site to cover it. Day two is a flurry of appointments and meetings with various brands, but in between, here's a look at some of the people, timepieces and atmosphere that caught my eye late yesterday afternoon and this morning. Parmigiani Fleurier — which produces a relatively small output of watches per year — usually introduces just a few new models at SIHH. This year, the brand's recent partnership with CBF (the Brazilian … [Read more...]

Mountain Climbing: Montblanc’s Journey to Haute Horlogerie

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In this profile piece from WatchTime's January-February 2009 issue, executive editor Norma Buchanan reveals how Montblanc, a brand best known for pens, entered the heady world of haute horlogerie, and explores the brand's ultra-complicated Grand Tourbillon Heures Mystérieuses. … [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...]

Back is Beautiful 2012: More Watch Wallpaper

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In our September-October issue, on sale September 11, we present our latest portfolio of photos proving that some watches look just as good from the back as from the front. Click here to download the photos — by WatchTime's Nik Schölzel and OK-Photography — as wallpaper for your desktop. … [Read more...]

Tech Talk: Montblanc’s TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000

Montblanc TimeWriter II Bi-Frequence side

If three watches constitute a trend, then measuring milliseconds, or 1/1,000s of a second, is a trend. Two watch brands, each with high-speed horological histories, have launched mechanical chronographs claimed to be capable of accurately measuring 1/1,000s of a second. Last year, TAG Heuer debuted its Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, followed this year by the even faster Mikrogirder. At SIHH this year, Montblanc launched its own millisecond-measuring marvel, the TimeWriter II … [Read more...]

High Seas Horology: Montblanc’s Régulateur Nautique

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It was one of the most technologically intriguing timekeeping devices unveiled at the SIHH watch fair in January (and, quite probably, the largest) and it’s destined to become a conversation piece for sixteen happy yacht owners. We’re talking about Montblanc’s Régulateur Nautique Timepiece Set, a combination chronograph wristwatch/nautical clock set that pays homage to the tradition of seafaring navigation. Find wallpaper images and pricing inside. … [Read more...]