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...]

Christie’s to Auction Historic Patek Philippe Grand Complication

The Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 97912

At the Important Watches auction on June 11, Christie's will be auctioning the historically significant Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 97912. The watch, estimated at $1,000,000 – 1,500,000, is a grand complication featuring a minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph, grande and petite sonnerie, and moon phases, manufactured in 1898. Until the appearance of the watch, originally purchased by collector Stephen S. Palmer, it was believed that … [Read more...]

Antiquorum’s May Auction: World Records for Two Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Watches

Rolex Paul Newman Daytona - Antiquorum Lot 512

Antiquorum’s “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction held on Sunday, May 12th at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, headlined by a selection of vintage Rolex Daytona watches commemorating that model's 50th anniversary, and set two new world records, including the highest ever sale price for a Daytona at auction. … [Read more...]

Baselworld Preview: Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon

Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon

Arnold & Son is expanding its Royal Collection with the addition of the HM Perpetual Moon, making its debut at Baselworld 2013. The Royal Collection is inspired by the timepieces created in the early part of John Arnold’s life, and pay tribute to the watches he produced for King George III and members of the royal court. The watch's main feature is a moonphase indicator with an 11.2-mm, three-dimensional sculpted moon. The moon was first hand-engraved and then duplicated for the series. … [Read more...]

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar front

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 eye, the Complete Calendar with moon-phase display, here with a sunray satin-finished blue … [Read more...]

Chopard L.U.C. Lunar One

Chopard LUC Lunar One front

Chopard introduced the first L.U.C Lunar One Grande Complication — one of the most prestigious models in its haute horlogerie L.U.C. collection, named for founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard — in 2005. In keeping with the brand's recent revamp of that collection, the Lunar One, a perpetual calendar with an orbital moon-phase display, has been released in a new version whose aesthetics emphasize more flowing curves for the case and ideal legibility for the dial. The rounded 43 mm-diameter case, … [Read more...]

Records Fall at Antiquorum and Christie’s Watch Auctions in Geneva

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463

In early November, the watchmaking city of Geneva hosted two auctions of fine timepieces, held one day apart — one by Antiquorum and the other by Christie's — each of which achieved new records for watches at auction. Antiquorum boasted the highest price ever paid for a Rolex sports watch and a Patek Philippe sold at Christie's garnered the highest price ever paid for a non-complicated watch. … [Read more...]

Horology Meets Astronomy: Geo. Graham the Moon

Graham Geo. Graham The Moon limited edition

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

A. Lange & Soehne Saxonia Annual Calendar front

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 new models with black dials, one with rose-gold bracelet and one with black alligator strap. The … [Read more...]

New Moons: Ulysse Nardin Introduces Classico Luna Collection

Ulysse Nardin Classico Luna gold

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 that of the Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck limited edition, whose hallmark was its realistic depiction of … [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

Longines Single Push-Piece Chronograph

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 the new line of watches, called Saint-Imier, that commemorates it. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe Ref. 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar

Patek Philippe Ref. 5726 1A Annual Calendar white dial

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 case and choice of black or silvery white dial, contains Patek's manufacture Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H, … [Read more...]

Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar

Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar CU

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 with the most distinctive model yet for Chinese (and Chinaphile) collectors: the Traditional Chinese … [Read more...]

The Big Reveal: Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three

Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal, front

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, complicated watches — did I realize the "Reveal" not only referred to the unveiling of the watch, but to … [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 below for info, pricing and wallpaper images of the new watches. … [Read more...]

Rare Patek Philippes on the Block at Antiquorum Auction in April

Vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 5050

Antiquorum Auctioneers will hold part one of its "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" auction at its U.S. headquarters, on Madison Avenue in New York City, on April 25. Included in the spring auction will be an exceptional lineup of collectible Patek Philippe wristwatches, including a Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 in platinum as well as a Patek Philippe Ref. 5013 in yellow gold. Click below for details and to see large images of some of the watches being offered. … [Read more...]