5 Interesting Skeleton Watches

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Skeleton

In skeleton watches, the watchmaker strips the watch's dial and/or movement to their bare essentials, revealing as much of the watch's interior as possible. For skeleton watch fans who love the technical artistry that goes into skeleton watchmaking, these timepieces give them a detailed look at a watch's inner workings. Below we take a look at 5 new skeleton watches available in 2013 and 2014. This year, Hublot introduced a new addition to its line of Classic Fusion skeleton watches: the … [Read more...]

Only Watch Auction 2013 Preview: 5 Unique Timepieces

Breguet Classique Chronograph - Only Watch 2013

The fifth edition of Only Watch, the charity timepiece auction held biannually in Monaco, takes place on September 28, and news and photos of several of the one-of-a-kind watches to be auctioned off have started to be released, including models from Breguet, Harry Winston, Girard-Perregaux, Laurent Ferrier, and Piaget. … [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...]

Cartier Gets Serious: The Evolution of Cartier Men’s Watches

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In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature from our October 2010 issue, WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and bold future initiatives of Manufacture Cartier. … [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...]

Only Watch Auction Returns to Monaco in September

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The fifth Only Watch, a charity auction of unique timepieces, returns on September 28th, taking place once again in Monaco and conducted by Antiquorum Auctioneers. This year, 38 watch manufactures will each donate a unique piece specially created for the auction. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, promoter of Only Watch with Antiquorum and the Monaco Yacht Show, in order to help finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, … [Read more...]

Video: Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin

Piaget is the undisputed master of ultra-thin. The brand holds several world records for thinnest movements, both simple and complicated. At SIHH, the list of records grew by two with the introduction of the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin. Click here to read more about the  Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the news … [Read more...]

Celebrity Watch Spotting at the Oscars

Jamie Foxx wearing a Piaget Protocole XXL.

Oscar night fashion is about more than gowns, tuxes and jewelry. Several luxury watch brands were represented at last night's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, on the wrists of some of the best-dressed nominees and presenters who strutted up the red carpet on Hollywood's biggest night of the year. Piaget's Alitplano was a popular choice, worn by Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman, as well as by actor Kyle MacLachlan, and presenters Mark Ruffalo and Paul Rudd. “Silver Linings Playbook” star … [Read more...]

SIHH Day Four: Vacheron Constantin and Ralph Lauren

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Geneva’s luxurious SIHH watch fair rolls on. Here's a taste of the new releases from two more of the exhibiting brands. Vacheron Constantin raised lots of eyebrows this year with its bold and unexpected (at least by those of us in the watch press) decision to focus its 2013 SIHH novelties entirely on ladies. That’s correct: not a single new release from Vacheron this year is a men’s watch. Fortunately for the fairer sex, the women’s pieces that the brand introduced have a little … [Read more...]

SIHH 2013: Piaget

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WatchTime contributor Alexander Linz has the latest from Piaget at watch-insider.com. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s January-February Issue Is On Sale Now!

WatchTime Jan-Feb 2013 Cover

The January-February issue of WatchTime is in stores now, featuring a test of Breitling's Transocean Chronograph Unitime, an inside look at Rolex's new movement manufacture in Bienne, an in-depth profile of Piaget, an investigation of the counterfeit watch epidemic, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Video: Piaget’s Gouverneur Collection

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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. The Gouverneur models’ distinguishing feature is the shape of their cases and bezels: all have a round case and an oval dial opening. Each dial, in turn, has a circular chapter ring, creating a round, oval, round pattern from the dial to the outside of the case. Click here to read our report on all three models in the line, including photos of the watches and … [Read more...]

SIHH Preview: Piaget Unveils its First Minute Repeater

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Piaget has announced the launch of its first minute repeater timepiece, set to debut at next month's SIHH watch fair in Geneva. In the brand's tradition of historically thin watches and mechanical movements, the new watch sets another record for slenderness in its category: only 4.8 mm thick for the caliber and only 9.4 mm for the case. … [Read more...]

At Piaget, Thin is Always In

Piaget ultra-thin Calibre 12P

In 2007, Piaget marked the 50th anniversary of its ultra-thin Caliber 9P by reissuing the movement that made it famous and by launching its first in-house mechanical chronograph movement. In this feature from our November-December 2007 issue, contributor and Watch Insider blogger Alexander Linz covers this milestone for WatchTime. … [Read more...]

A Round of Polo: Testing Piaget’s Iconic Sports Watch

Piaget Polo automatic

The Piaget Polo, one of the most famous sports watches of the 1970s, has been retooled with a giant titanium-and-steel case and an automatic movement. In this watch-test feature from our October 2009 issue, WatchTime's Witold Michalczyk puts the three-hand Polo FortyFive through its paces. … [Read more...]

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels (Video)

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The understated, elegant look that has come back into fashion in men's watches over the past few years is on display in the men's dress watch introduced by watch-and-jewelry maison Van Cleef & Arpels at this year's SIHH watch fair: the Pierre Arpels, named after a son of the brand's co-founder, is a contemporary version of a wristwatch that Arpels created for himself in 1949. The concept behind the original watch was a thin, perfectly round case that appears to be suspended in space due … [Read more...]

“Inside Basel-Geneva” Tour Kicks Off in Chicago

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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...]

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...]

Family Values: Patek Philippe’s Thierry and Philippe Stern

Thierry and Philippe Stern of Patek Philippe

Geneva’s Stern family has owned and operated Patek Philippe for 76 years. When it comes to making watches, they say, family matters. Click here to read WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson's up-close-and-personal profile of Philippe and Thierry Stern from our December 2008 issue. … [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...]