Parmigiani Adds New Tourbillon to Its Pershing Collection

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Parmigiani Fleurier, the boutique brand founded by master watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, has added a new limited-edition watch, called the Tourbillon Abyss, to its collection of Pershing timepieces, established in 2007 in a partnership with the prestigious Italian yacht manufacturer. … [Read more...]


Knights of Gold: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Roundtable

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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...]


How Bovet Blossomed

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In our March-April issue, on sale now, WatchTime's Jay Deshpande speaks to Bovet owner Pascal Raffy about his plans for the 187-year-old brand. In this feature from our December 2009 issue, writer Lucien F. Trueb explores Bovet's history and the story of how Raffy fell madly in love with it. … [Read more...]


Parmigiani Sponsors 35th International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex

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Parmigiani participated in the recent 35th International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex as a sponsor for the nine-day-long hot air balloon festival in Switzerland. … [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...]


Leather and Lugs: The Making of a Hermès Watch Strap

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Watch straps usually play second fiddle to the watches they hold in place. Not at La Montre Hermès, which takes its leather goods as seriously as it does its watchmaking. In this feature from the WatchTime archives, Gisbert Brunner explores how a fine leather watch strap is crafted. … [Read more...]


Maîtres du Temps Rounds Out Chapter Two

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Last year's headliner watch from Maîtres du Temps was undeniably the innovative Chapter Three Reveal — but the haute-de-gamme brand, which teams up noted independent watchmakers to produce limited, complicated models, also released a version of its Chapter Two timepiece in a sporty, round case, nicknamed TCR, for Triple Calendar Round. … [Read more...]


Facetime January 5

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Happy New Year and welcome back to Facetime! … [Read more...]


Hermès Dressage

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La Montre Hermès has updated its Dressage watch for men, expanding the diameter of its traditional tonneau case by 1.5 mm to 40.5 mm. The big news for Hermès is what’s inside: the firm’s first proprietary movement. The movement, Caliber H1837, is made for Hermès by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, in which Hermès has a 25-percent share; the other 75 percent is owned by the Sandoz Family Foundation, which also owns the Parmigiani watch brand. (Hermès also launched a second movement made … [Read more...]


Parmigiani Unveils New Bugatti Watches at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Parmigiani, the Swiss watch brand founded by watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, introduced two new collectors' timepieces to its Bugatti collection, made in collaboration with the prestigious automobile maker, at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The timepieces — a rose-gold version of the Bugatti Super Sport and a new titanium Bugatti Vitesse — made their debut alongside a restored classic automobile, the 1935 Bugatti T57S Electron Torpedo. … [Read more...]


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

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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...]


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

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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. (Of course, if you’re just now thinking about a Valentine’s gift, it may be time for a new watch … [Read more...]


Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Retrograde Annual Calendar

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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 movement, with the incorporation of a new additional Parmigiani module, creating the PF 339 Annual … [Read more...]


Antiquorum’s December 7 Auction Has Something for Everyone

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Antiquorum will hold its Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces sale at its New York headquarters on December 7. Highlights of the sale include a Vacheron Constantin minute repeating perpetual calendar, a unique Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370, an IWC Grand Complication No. 50/50, an Urwerk Ref. 202P Special Edition, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 3970P. Find images and a video link inside. … [Read more...]


New from Parmigiani: Two Wristwatches Inspired by the Past

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Parmigiani Fleurier has unveiled two new limited-edition wristwatches inspired by antique pocketwatches from a collection owned by Parmigiani Fleurier’s parent, the Sandoz Foundation. Both wristwatches are part of Parmigiani’s Toric collection. Find images, prices and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]


A La Vieille Russie & Parmigiani Fleurier Present the Sandoz Collection in New York City

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From October 26 – November 26, a selection of beautiful and rare pieces from the personal collection of Maurice Sandoz will be on display at A La Vieille Russie in New York City. The exhibition includes rare pieces by Fabergé, singular vintage pocket watches, modern Parmigiani timepieces, plus two new wristwatches from Parmigiani. Find complete details inside. … [Read more...]


Redecorate With These Watch Wallpapers

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For your viewing and home decorating pleasure, WatchTime offers a selection of watch wallpapers featuring IWC, Lange, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Ulysse Nardin, De Bethune, Audemars Piguet, and Parmigiani. These images measure between 2400 and 7000 pixels wide and are sure to brighten up your desktop. Click the smaller images to view the full-size versions. Happy downloading! … [Read more...]


Inside Basel/Geneva 2011 Kicks Off in Chicago and Miami

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IBG 2011 opened in Chicago and Miami with record numbers of participating brands and best-ever attendance. The strong turnout, coupled with the most-ever brands and independent watchmakers at each show, meant moving to larger venues for 2011, making IBG 2011 a true watch fair. Come inside to see more than 30 images from the events, and don’t forget there are four shows still to come with even more brands! … [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...]


Visual Quiz: Famous Faces

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You know their watches, but would you recognize them on the street? We've lined up images of 15 well-known watchmakers to test your facial recognition skills. So get your keyboards and pencils ready and see how many you can identify. As always, the answers are revealed at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]