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Audio Exclusive: Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek Talks Smartwatches

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek

The new Apple Watch smartwatch is now a reality, but is it the wave of the future for the watch business? The September-October 2014 issue of WatchTime, on sale September 16, features editor-in-chief Joe Thompson's exclusive interview with Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek. Among the many topics discussed in the far-ranging interview is Hayek's reluctance to get back into the now-burgeoning smartwatch market, despite the fact that the Swatch watch brand was one of the category's pioneers 15 years ago. … [Read more...]

9 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

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We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Zenithium? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort to … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How Swatch Helped Rescue the Dive Watch

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The quartz watch revolution (aka "quartz crisis") of the 1970s affected not only the watch industry in general, but also, of course, the dive watch category within it. Considering the number of model launches, innovations and constant improvements to such watches in the 1960s and the first half of the '70s, the '80s and early '90s were a rather dark time for dive watches by comparison. … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking (Updated with New Watches from Baselworld 2014)

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Last October, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are seven reasons why. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Our Review of the Swatch Sistem51

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The Swatch Sistem51 is certainly the cheapest watch we’ve ever reviewed on Monochrome-Watches.com, and we are doing it without any shame or regrets. Why? Because the Swatch Sistem51 is clearly one of the most important new watches of the last 10 years. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime Presents the Watches of Baselworld 2014

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New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its complete Baselworld reporting from 2014 as a downloadable E-Special. This E-Special is packed with informative product news (with photos) on 79 new watches introduced at Baselworld — the world’s largest and most important watch fair — along with sidebar articles and an investigative piece on the state of the worldwide watch market by watch-industry veteran and WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

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In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, we profiled Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and reveal how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone moments in the history of Oris watches, from its founding in 1904 to the present day. … [Read more...]

“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]

Breguet Sponsors Louvre Restoration

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Montres Breguet S.A. held a gala dinner at the Louvre Museum in Paris on June 17, highlighting its role as a major sponsor of the restoration of the museum’s Department of Decorative Arts rooms and galleries devoted to the art of French living in the 18th century. Those rooms, encompassing 2,500 square feet of space, had been closed to the public for nearly 10 years during the renovation. The entire area has been revamped and is now reopened to the public. … [Read more...]

Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde

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Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature by "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz and photographer Nik Schölzel, presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]

Swatch Sistem51 to Launch in the U.S. on July 1

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To those outside of Switzerland awaiting your opportunity to purchase the Swatch Sistem51 — the eminently affordable watch with an innovative, Swiss-made mechanical movement introduced at Baselworld 2013 — your wait is nearly over. The Swatch Group today announced that the Sistem51 will launch at a "pop-in-shop" at the Swatch flagship boutique in New York's Times Square in July 1. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Swatch Watches

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Who says we don't cover affordable watches here? Swatch has released its Spring/Summer 2014 catalog, and in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal to you my top 10 new Swatch watches from the brand's latest offerings. (Incidentally, some of these Swatch watches are also among the best selling models at retail. All of them are priced at 130 euros or less. … [Read more...]

The Watches of James Bond

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He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Mechanical Watches Under $1,000

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Call it a "budget" timepiece or an "entry-level luxury" affordable watch: for many, affordable watches are the first step into a lifelong passion. Fortunately, there are many affordable mechanical watches on the market priced under $1,000. I've reported on a number of affordable watch brands on my blog, Fratellowatches.com, and the affordable swiss watches presented here come from some of the most popular articles. … [Read more...]

Tissot’s Luxury Automatics Offer 80-Hour Power Reserve

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Fans of affordably priced Swiss mechanicals may want to take a close look at the new Tissot Luxury Automatic COSC collection, which includes the first Swiss watches to contain the new caliber nicknamed Powermatic 80, an automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification and an 80-hour power reserve. … [Read more...]

Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe Celebrates 60 Years of Fifty Fathoms

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At Baselworld 2013, two iconic sport watches — the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera — celebrated their 50th birthdays with new models, while another historic watch brand, one with "50" in its name, celebrated its 60th. Blancpain's influential Fifty Fathoms divers' watch, now an entire collection, went back to the basics of its 1953 creation with the release of the vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. … [Read more...]

Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Military Watches With NATO Straps

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. At this year's Baselworld, I found that I may have helped start a military watches trend, as I saw many new watches that had these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these military watches. … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

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In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our "Omega Milestones" E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25, click here to download it from WatchTime's online store. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Harry Winston Z8 Dual Time & Opus Updates

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The Z stands for Zalium, a zirconium-based alloy that is lighter and harder than titanium, and exclusive to Harry Winston. While this latest Z-series piece continues past traditions, one significant aspect is new: the movement is supplied by Blancpain, and, like Zalium, it is exclusive to Harry Winston. … [Read more...]

WatchTime E-Special: The Watch Cities of Switzerland

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has published a new E-Special: “The Watch Cities of Switzerland.” This downloadable e-special can be found here: http://watchtime-shop.com/specials/watchtime-e-special-the-watch-cities-of-switzerland.html This E-Special compiles four feature-length articles about four watchmaking cities in Switzerland: Bienne, where Rolex, Omega, and the Swatch Group make timepieces; La Chaux-De-Fonds, … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s March-April 2014 Issue is On Sale Now!

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The March-April issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring a cover story on Breguet's Classique Chronométrie 7727 and its groundbreaking magnetic movement; the seven "star watches" from SIHH 2014; tests of the Arnold & Son UTTE and Oris Aquis Depth Gauge; and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

The $150, Swiss-Mechanical Swatch Sistem51 Hits the Market

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One highlight of last year’s Baselworld was the introduction of Sistem51, a new mechanical watch from the Swatch brand. Now the first four Sistem51 models have been launched in Switzerland and will come to the U.S. this spring. In this article from WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, we explore what makes these watches fascinating. … [Read more...]

Audio: Excerpts from WatchTime’s Exclusive Interview with Breguet’s Marc Hayek

Marc Hayek CEO of Breguet

WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, features a cover story on Breguet, and its groundbreaking Classique Chronometrie 7727 watch, by editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. The story includes insights from Breguet president and CEO Marc A. Hayek, gleaned from an interview conducted at Breguet's offices in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches and Top Watch Brands

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph

There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" and "affordable luxury" in luxury watch brands and best watches for men. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable watches and top affordable watch brands that, in my opinion, represent the most excellent value for their luxury watch price and can be considered best watches for men, if you will. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Piaget Altiplano 900P – Updated with Live Photos

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For more than half a century Switzerland’s Piaget has specialized in manufacturing ultra-thin mechanical watches and watch movements. Now it has produced what it says is “the thinnest mechanical watch ever.” The new Piaget Altiplano 900P has a total case thickness of 3.65 mm, 9.9 percent less than the thinnest mechanical watch currently on the market, the 4.05-mm-thin Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: The Secret Message in Lincoln’s Watch, Behind the Scenes at SIHH 2014, and More

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Welcome to this week's installment of “Around the Web”. As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our  eye this week. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: 2014 Watch Predictions, Tiffany-Swatch Legal Decision, Blancpain’s Chefs and the “Death Watch”

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The new year has begun, and it is time for our first installment of "Around the Web" for 2014.  As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as some of the most popular watch blogs and other media. Here's what caught our eye on the web this week. … [Read more...]

WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Videos of the Year

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We've added a lot more videos to Watchtime.com over the past year, and lots of you have noticed. The videos — most created and provided by some of the top watch brands — have become one of the most popular features on the site. As we begin a New Year, we're looking at our most popular videos of 2013. Below we count down your favorite watch videos ranked by page views. Click on each to watch the full video. 10. Inside the HYT H2 HYT's H2 expands the timekeeping system of its debut … [Read more...]

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

WatchTime Jan-Feb 2014 Cover

The January-February issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and on Nook, Kindle, and the WatchTime app for iOS and Android), featuring in-depth watch tests of the IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, and Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU, a reference guide to the watch industry's quality marks, a gallery of blue-dial beauties, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]