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5 Things You Should Know About the New Jeanrichard Aeroscope “208 Seconds”

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When "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger announced his partnership with the newly refocused Jeanrichard watch brand last year, it was only a matter of time before Jeanrichard released a special-edition timepiece in his honor. Jeanrichard and Sully announced the launch of that watch, the Jeanrichard "208 Seconds" Aeroscope on January 14. Here's what you need to know about it. … [Read more...]

5 Fashion Brands You Didn’t Know Made Men’s Mechanical Watches

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Watches bearing the names of big fashion houses tend to get written off by serious watch aficionados, who tend to think of them as only for ladies or, worse, only inexpensive pieces with quartz movements. In addition to brands like Hermes, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel, who have taken strides to establish themselves in the world of men's mechanicals, here are five other such brands that may have flown under your radar. … [Read more...]

Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

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Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we examined the 2013 list to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are: … [Read more...]

The Big Fix: Behind Girard-Perregaux’s Makeover

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The new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk goes under the microscope in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now. In this feature from the June 2013 issue, we delve into how new Sowind Group CEO Michele Sofisti plans to cure what's been ailing that Swiss high-horology brand. … [Read more...]

Special-Edition Girard-Perregaux “Mission of Mermaids” Watch Presented at Charity Event in New York

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On September 25, philanthropists Susan and David Rockefeller and Girard-Perregaux joined forces with legendary musician and composer Nile Rodgers for the “Changing Watch” event supporting the "We Are Family" Foundation. … [Read more...]

Gucci Takes the Plunge Into High Horology with New Gucci Dive Watch

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(As seen in the October issue of WatchTime.) At Baselworld, Gucci announced it will launch a new men’s watch that stands apart from the brand’s other watches. Due out next year, the Gucci Dive is an official divers’ watch, certified to adhere to ISO standard 6425. But what is most significant about it is its movement. … [Read more...]

Jeanrichard Partners With High-Wire Master Nik Wallenda

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Jeanrichard, which made waves recently by partnering with "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot "Sully" Sullenberger, has hooked up with another veteran risk-taker, high-wire master Nik Wallenda, a scion of the legendary "Flying Wallendas" family of daredevil performers. … [Read more...]

Hear What 16 Prominent Watch Execs Said About Baselworld 2013

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WatchTime contributor Alexander Linz was hard at work at Baselworld, conducting interviews with several CEOs and representatives of major watch brands, discussing their latest watches and other developments in the industry. … [Read more...]

Jeanrichard Launches New Collection with Captain Sully Sullenberger

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New York's Standard Hotel was the site of an elegant soirée last week, as Jeanrichard announced a partnership with hero pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger for the launch of its new 1861 and Terrascope watches, part of the brand's new, streamlined collection. … [Read more...]

Triple Threat: JeanRichard Introduces Three New Watch Collections

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The Swiss watch brand JEANRICHARD has often been in the shadow of its better-known sister brand in the Sowind Group, Girard-Perregaux. However, with the introduction of three revamped collections — the classical 1681 Ronde and the sporty Highlands and Aquascope — the brand is making a move to establish its own distinct identity. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Young Watchmakers Tour in Paris

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Girard-Perregaux's young watchmakers continue their tour, most recently having arrived in Paris, France. The Girard-Perregaux Young Watchmakers Tour launched in New York, showcasing the young talent of the Manufacture. As they did in New York, the watchmakers traveled around the city, showing off their skills at famous locales like Norte Dame and the Arc du Triumph. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Launches Limited-Edition Sea Hawk Pro for World Oceans Day

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Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux released a special, limited-edition model of its Sea Hawk Pro 1000m divers' watch at a special event at New York's Museum of Modern Art on June 5. Hosted by environmental conservationists Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., the evening's highlight was the New York premiere screening of Mission of Mermaids, Susan Rockefeller's new documentary about protecting the oceans. Read more for event photos and specs and pricing for the watch. … [Read more...]

Youth Movement: Girard-Perregaux Brings Young Watchmakers to New York

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Recently, I learned firsthand to never again take for granted the faithful functionality of my mechanical watches. Given the opportunity to sit down at a watchmaker's bench and use the tiny tools to painstakingly and precisely  attach wheels and jewels to a stripped-down baseplate, it became extremely clear just how much concentration, dexterity, and patience — not to mention plain old horological knowledge — was required to put together a caliber from scratch and to make it hum. Of course, … [Read more...]

Dominique Loiseau on Girard-Perregaux: The WatchTime Q&A

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French-born watchmaker Dominique Loiseau first caught the attention of watch collectors in the 1980s, the great wasteland years of the mechanical watch industry when quartz ruled the watch-world roost. His complex and creative inventions, such the Rose des Temps clock, the Blancpain 1735 wristwatch and the 1f4 models from his own independent atelier, have made him a legend among the collector community. Early this year, Loiseau joined Girard-Perregaux to strengthen its "think tank." Here, in an … [Read more...]

Michael Margolis to be American President of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard

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The Sowind Group, parent company of the Swiss luxury watch brands Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard, has announced the appointment of Michael Margolis to its team as the new President of America. Margolis will join Michele Sofisti, Sowind Group CEO, Stefano Macaluso, Girard-Perregaux Managing Director, and Massimo Macaluso, JeanRichard Managing Director, to oversee the U.S. expansion strategy. … [Read more...]

2011: The Year in Review Quiz, Part II

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This week it’s time for Part II of our 2011 Year in Review Quiz. Have you been taking notes? Celebrate the end of 2011 with this little quiz, where we present 12 questions about news stories from the past year. As always, the answers appear at the end. And remember, your term papers are due next week. Good luck! … [Read more...]

Michele Sofisti Appointed CEO of Sowind Group

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PPR announced in Paris today the appointment of Michele Sofisti as CEO of Sowind Group, effective immediately. He will be seconded by Stefano Macaluso, Managing Director for Girard-Perregaux, and Massimo Macaluso, Managing Director for JeanRichard and the Manufacture, who remain in their current positions. Sofisti will also continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer Gucci Group Watches and Jewellery, and Member of the Board of Directors of Gucci Timepieces Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan. … [Read more...]

PPR Becomes the Majority Shareholder of Sowind Group

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Sowind Group and PPR jointly announced today the launch of a reserved capital increase of Sowind Group that will be fully subscribed by PPR. PPR will then become the majority shareholder of Sowind with a 50.1 % stake. PPR already owned a 23% share based on a strategic partnership agreement signed in 2008 when Sowind was controlled by Luigi Macaluso, who passed away in October last year. … [Read more...]

Sowind Group Announces Reorganization

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Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard) has announced a management reorganization following the sudden death of Chairman Luigi Macaluso on October 27. Monica Mailander Macaluso has been appointed Chairman of the Board of the Sowind Group holding company, while the directorship and operational management have been entrusted to Stefano and Massimo Macaluso, Chairman and CEO of Sowind SA respectively. … [Read more...]

Sowind Group Chairman Luigi Macaluso Passes Away

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Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD) has issued a statement announcing that its Chairman, Luigi Macaluso, has unexpectedly passed away at age 62 after suffering a heart attack. Luigi, known as “Gino” by those closest to him, was born in Turin, Italy, in 1948. He was married to Monica and the father of four children, Stefano, Massimo, Anna and Margherita. More than 10 years ago, his two sons joined him at the head of Sowind Group. … [Read more...]

Zegna and Sowind Form Partnership to Produce Zegna Timepieces

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Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO of the Zegna Group, and Gino Macaluso, majority shareholder of Sowind Group, which heads Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard, have announced a partnership agreement for the design and production of Ermenegildo Zegna watches. … [Read more...]

THE MAN BEHIND THE BRAND: Daniel JeanRichard

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(This is the first of a series of articles on historical watchmakers whose names have been revived as contemporary watch brands.) In 1986, Luigi (Gino) Macaluso, a Swiss watch distributor in Italy, bought the rights to the name Daniel JeanRichard from Lemania, the Swiss movement manufacturer. Daniel JeanRichard was not a watch brand. It is the name of a 17th century Swiss watchmaker, who was an extremely important, if obscure, figure in the development of the Swiss watch industry. … [Read more...]