Baselworld 2014: Corum Presents New Admiral’s Cup Watches

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At Baselworld this week, Corum added several novelties to its Admiral’s Cup collection. Part of the AC-One family of watches, these Admiral’s Cup pieces draw upon different aspects of the brand’s signature twelve-sided bezel and maritime design features. Corum’s new skeletonized watch, the AC-One 45 Squelette, gives the wearer a clear view into the workings of the movement. The AC-One 45 … [Read more...]

Beyond the ÜberWatches: 5 (Possibly) Overlooked New Watches from SIHH 2014

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At this year's SIHH, as per usual, the lion's share of buzz and attention went to a handful of "headliner watches," or, as we at WatchTime have dubbed them, "überwatches," even though most of the watch brands each released a dozen or more new products for 2014. And even when a brand doesn't have what we'd call an überwatch, it sometimes releases one piece so unexpected, off-the-wall, or … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: Our Watch Insider Reveals The Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase

Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase

Both here on WatchTime.com and on my blog, Watch-Insider.com, we've been showing you new watches that will launch at this month's SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here is one of the latest, the first watch from Montblanc's 2014 collection, the Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase. … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture

Frederique Constant Slimline Moon-Phase white dial

Since its founding in 1988, Frédérique Constant has developed a well-earned reputation as a “value brand” among watch aficionados for its accessibly priced timepieces with in-house mechanical movements. This year, the brand added a manufacture moon-phase movement to its repertoire, making its debut in the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. … [Read more...]

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar

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Among the big news coming out of this year's SIHH watch fair was Baume & Mercier's launch of an entirely new men's collection, the Clifton, inspired by a 1950s model from the brand's extensive archives. The collection consists of the Automatic, a three-hand model with small seconds; the Clifton 1830, a gold version directly influenced by the 1950s original; and one that particularly caught my … [Read more...]

Horology Meets Astronomy: Geo. Graham the Moon

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Most watch fans know Graham best for sporty models like the Chronofighter and Silverstone. Now the Swiss brand with British roots establishes its haute horlogerie bona fides with the new Geo. Graham the Moon limited edition, a complicated, astronomical-inspired timepiece with a flying tourbillon and a perpetual moon retrograde function. … [Read more...]

Piaget’s Gouverneur Collection: Pictures, Specs, and Video

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Piaget's headline introduction at this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva was a new collection of dress watches called Gouverneur. Click here to read our report on all three models in the line, including photos of the watches and their movements along with an informative product video. … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Reversos Offer Decorative Finishes

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Jaeger-LeCoultre's headline watch at this year's SIHH was its ultra-complicated Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon, but the Swiss brand did not by any means ignore its iconic Reverso model, releasing several new additions to the collection, including a "Triptych" of new models, all showcasing traditional artisan handcrafting, from enameling to skeletonization to guilloché. … [Read more...]

Annual Check-Up: Testing A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia Annual Calendar

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WatchTime takes the pulse of A. Lange & Söhne's Saxonia Annual Calendar, the first such complication for the Glashütte-based luxury watch brand, in this Watch Test feature from our archives. Click here to read the results and to marvel at Nik Schölzel's gorgeous photos of the watch. … [Read more...]

Carl F. Bucherer Manero MoonPhase

Carl F Bucherer ManeroMoonPhase rose gold bracelet

The name of Carl F. Bucherer's Manero collection comes from the Latin word manuaria, meaning, "that which is directed by hand," a reference to the handcraftsmanship in high-end watchmaking. Some of that manuaria is on display in the brand's elegant Manero MoonPhase watch, which debuted in three new versions at Baselworld 2012 — with a rose-gold bracelet for the existing silver-dial model and two … [Read more...]

New Moons: Ulysse Nardin Introduces Classico Luna Collection

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Ulysse Nardin has once again utilized the expertise of watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin — the creative mind behind the brand's groundbreaking Trilogy of Time astronomical timepieces —  to launch an entirely new family of watches with innovative moon-phase complications called Classico Luna. The movement Oechslin and UN developed for the Classico Luna, Caliber UN-829, draws its inspiration from … [Read more...]

MB&F and Sarpaneva Shoot for the Moon with New Horological Machine

MB&F MoonMachine by Sarpaneva

Finnish independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva has joined MB&F's growing circle of "friends," collaborating with MB&F founder Max Büsser to develop the newest MB&F "horological machine," called the HM3 MoonMachine. Designed on the platform of MB&F's unconventional "Frog" model, it features an entirely new moon-phase complication designed by Sarpaneva. … [Read more...]

Longines 180th Anniversary Collection Embraces the Brand’s History

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The Swiss watch brand Longines was founded 180 years ago this year in the village of Saint-Imier. The current Longines president, Walter von Känel, has not been around quite that long, but his tenure is an impressively lengthy one, nevertheless: 43 years with the brand. And von Känel, who spoke with me during this year's Basel fair, is demonstrably excited about his brand's 180th anniversary and … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe Ref. 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar

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Annual calendars were a popular complication among the new watches introduced at this year's Baselworld watch fair, and now Patek Philippe has introduced a new steel-bracelet version of the one from its luxury-sport Nautilus collection. (The first Nautilus Annual Calendar was launched in 2010 with a leather strap.) The Patek Philippe Reference 5726/1A Nautilus Annual Calendar, which has a steel … [Read more...]

Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar

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With 2012 being the Chinese Year of the Dragon, and with the momentous growth of Asia, and China in particular, as a luxury wristwatch market, it should be no surprise that many brands have created timepieces aimed squarely at Chinese consumers this year. Dragons and other Chinese motifs and styles were a recurring theme at both the SIHH and Baselworld watch fairs, and Blancpain may have come up … [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...]

Glashütte Original Unveils Redesigned Pano Collection

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"Don't mess with success" is a mantra to which many watch brands subscribe; German luxury watch brand Glashütte Original, on the other hand, has adopted another piece of advice: "Don't rest on your laurels." As proof, witness the company's subtle, yet significant, redesigns in its popular Pano Collection of timepieces, from which four new models made their debut last month at Baselworld. Click … [Read more...]

Carl F. Bucherer Launches new Chrono Perpetual

Carl F. Bucherer's new timepiece, introduced this week at the 2012 Baselworld watch fair, elegantly combines two of the most popular complications. The aptly named Chrono Perpetual uses an in-house movement, made at the brand's atelier, to power both a chronograph and a perpetual calendar with moon-phase and leap year. Find wallpaper image inside. … [Read more...]

Valentines for Watch Lovers: Ladies’ Timepieces from the Geneva Watch Fair

Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, which puts us in mind of the new crop of ladies’ timepieces introduced by the purveyors of haute horlogerie at January’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva. You may wish to consider one of these as the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day or some other occasion — a way both to show your devotion and share with her your passion for watches. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Retrograde Annual Calendar

Parmigiani Fleurier's manufacturing team has created both hand-wound and automatic movements, including the perpetual calendar, tourbillons, an ultra-slim model, chronograph, the Bugatti and the Hemispheres, but an annual calendar was missing, until now. It appears in the Tonda collection in a case measuring 40mm in diameter. The new complication is based on the brand's PF 331 automatic … [Read more...]