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 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...]

Boutique-Exclusive Ulysse Nardin Blue Toro Debuts

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Ulysse Nardin's new Blue Toro watch — a perpetual calendar with dual-time function powered by an in-house movement — is the definition of "hard-to-get:" The watch (Ref. 326-01LE) is limited to 99 pieces and available exclusively in Ulysse Nardin boutiques. Find wallpaper images and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Breitling Launches Online Auction for “Flown” Limited Edition #1 Airwolf

After spending 2011 traveling around the globe and into space with world-renowned aviators, Breitling’s Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf timepiece No. 1 is being auctioned online to benefit the National Flight Academy (NFA). The auction ends at 5:00 p.m. EST on February 29, 2012. Find complete information and a link to the auction inside. … [Read more...]

Giant of Time: Eli Manning Gets His Own Citizen Watch

New York Giants fans hoping their team goes deep into the NFL playoffs this year can only sit on the sidelines (or couch, or recliner, or high-priced stadium seat) and cheer their star quarterback Eli Manning to victory. However, a lucky few of them can do so while wearing a Citizen watch made specifically for Manning himself. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Opening of its First US Boutique With Black-Tie Dinners

Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watch manufacture in continuous operation, celebrated the grand opening of its first-ever US boutique. Over three evenings, Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin and Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America welcomed invited guests to three black tie dinners featuring world-class chefs Eric Ripert, Thomas Keller and Sergi Arola. … [Read more...]

Visiting Vacheron: A Photo and Video Essay

In Part I of this article last week, we looked at the three limited edition watches Vacheron Constantin created to celebrate the opening of their first U. S. boutique in New York City. This week we journey by helicopter to the brand’s manufacturing facility in Le Sentier in the Vallée de Joux to see where the pieces begin their lives, and we visit the headquarters where they are assembled. Our … [Read more...]

Visiting Vacheron: A Photo and Video Essay, Part II

Vacheron’s instantly-recognizable headquarters is located in Plan-les-Ouates in the canton of Geneva, just a few miles outside the city. This beautiful building is where Vacheron designs and assembles its timepieces, using parts manufactured in Le Sentier and those provided by specialty suppliers. In the ateliers, movements are assembled to ensure quality and precise fits, then … [Read more...]

Three Special Watches Celebrate Vacheron Constantin’s First U.S. Boutique

In September 1831, Jean-Barthélémy Vacheron wrote a letter stating an intention to expand business to the U.S. market. Today, 180 years after that letter, Vacheron Constantin opens its first U.S. boutique, and celebrates the event with three limited edition watches. Find complete specifications, pricing and wallpaper for the boutique limited editions inside. … [Read more...]

New Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar

Glashütte Original is offering a new version of their Senator Perpetual Calendar in red gold with a matte black dial on a rubber strap. The dial features high-contrast white Roman numerals and a white minute ring for excellent legibility. The perpetual calendar displays are clear and logical, and the oversize panorama date is a paradigm of clarity. Find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Perpetual Calendar

For 2011 Vacheron Constantin introduces the first high complication in the Patrimony Contemporaine collection, and it is perhaps the most useful of all, the perpetual calendar. This ultra-thin automatic winding perpetual calendar can keep track of all the vagaries of the calendar and require no correction whatsoever until March 1, 2100. Find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe Announces New GyromaxSi Balance and Updated Pulsomax Escapement; Endows Materials Chair

Patek Philippe today announced several developments related to the company's efforts in the areas of advanced materials and their chronometric uses. A new GyromaxSi balance in Silinvar and gold will be coupled with a newly-updated and improved Pulsomax escapement and put to work in new limited edition reference 5550P perpetual calendar Advanced Research timepieces. Patek has also endowed a … [Read more...]

Heir to the Throne: The New Patek Philippe Reference 5270

Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar chronographs are among the most collectible of all timepieces. References such as 1518, 2499 and 5970 are spoken of reverently, and the phrase “holy grail” often slips into the conversation. So when a new reference comes on the scene, the event commands attention. When it has a new manufacture movement, the occasion is doubly important. … [Read more...]

Breitling Limited Edition Airwolf Celebrates Naval Aviation Anniversary

Breitling has announced a unique timepiece to celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation - the Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf. The first piece in this series will make a special journey with naval aviators. Learn more and find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

SIHH Preview: Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin

At SIHH, Piaget will debut the new Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin. This piece sets a new record for the world’s thinnest self-winding tourbillon watch, measuring a mere 10.4mm thick. It is a showcase of Piaget's unique skills in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking and the brand's desire to develop innovative and creative complicated calibers. … [Read more...]

Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual

Carl F. Bucherer presents the new Manero ChronoPerpetual, combining a perpetual calendar with moon phase and leap year displays and a flyback chronograph with tachymeter scale. A Manufacture movement from Vaucher, with contemporary decoration in the distinctive style of the Lucerne-based Bucherer brand, creates the exclusive mechanical foundation for this new timepiece. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Perpetual Calendar

Girard-Perregaux has added a Perpetual Calendar to its classically-styled 1966 collection. The 40mm case houses in-house caliber GP033Q0 with 288 components. The caliber uses the Manufacture's exclusive Microvar variable inertia balance, which is visible through the watch's transparent case-back. … [Read more...]

Money Shot: IWC Lands Two Starring Roles in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

IWC has secured another starring role on the big screen, this time in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Watches from Schaffhausen land on the wrists of both lead actors: Michael Douglas as the notorious Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf as the innovative Jacob Moore. The film is the long-awaited sequel to Stone's 1987 Academy Award-winning Wall Street. … [Read more...]

Past Forward

Enthusiasts and collectors know Michel Parmigiani’s eponymous Fleurier-based brand. Less well known is his work as a master restorer of historical treasures. Trusted by leading collectors and museums, the Parmigiani atelier brings wonders from the past back to life, employing wide-ranging skills, and a bit of sleuthing. … [Read more...]

Panerai: A Tribute to Galileo Galilei

It’s a short walk from Galileo’s Florence residence to the spot where, centuries later, Giovanni Panerai opened the city’s first watch workshop. During his life Galileo tackled several time-measurement problems, devising a system to calculate longitude at sea using Jupiter’s moons as a celestial clock and doing fundamental work on isochronism. Four centuries later, Panerai pays tribute to … [Read more...]