WatchTime’s Top 5 Most Popular Watches on Instagram

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Did you know that WatchTime has an Instagram page, in which we regularly post a plethora of watch images, from "soldier' shots provided by the brands to original photography by WatchTime's own expert photojournalists to live "wristies" snapped at watch fairs and events? Here are, currently, the top five most "liked" Instagram photos on our page... … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: Top 10 Milestones from 10 Years of Greubel Forsey Watches

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Greubel Forsey, the boutique luxury watch brand specializing in complicated watches with multiple tourbillons, marks its 10th anniversary this year. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per year, the Greubel Forsey watch brand has come a long way since its memorable debut at the 2004 Baselworld watch fair, and can look back on a decade of milestones. Here are the top 10. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Richard Mille RM 022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone

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What’s so special about a Richard Mille watch? We all know about the exclusivity (less than 3,000 pieces per year), the impeccable quality, and the celebrity ambassadors. But there are many more features that added up to the success of this highly exclusive watch brand: exclusive materials, astonishing finishing, distinctive complications, innovations and a unique feeling that creates a desirable object. In order to understand what Richard Mille is all about, the Monochrome Watches team … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Imperial Blue Offers Westminster Chimes and Flying Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Imperial Blue

Ulysse Nardin has a notable history in chiming watches, from its Gold Medal-winning minute-repeater chronograph at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to modern timepieces such as last year's Stranger. At Baselworld 2014, Ulysse Nardin introduced its latest haut-de-gamme chiming watch, the Imperial Blue. … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

Omega Speedmaster, 1957

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...]

New from Baselworld 2014: Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull

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Hublot, the watch brand known for its "fusion" of materials, unveils another new case material — and some very eye-catching design elements in the movement— with its Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull, the latest in its series of "skull" watches, introduced at the recent Baselworld 2014 watch fair. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Bulgari Octo Finissimo is New “World’s Thinnest Tourbillon”

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

Recently, we ran a list of record-setting ultra-thin watches. At Baselworld 2014, Bulgari went for the title of "world's thinnest tourbillon movement" with its new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a new timepiece with a movement thickness of only 1.95 mm — thinner than a Swiss five-franc coin — and a case thickness of a mere 5 mm. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Unveiled at Baselworld 2014

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TAG Heuer's headliner watch from Baselworld 2014 is the newest generation of its game-changing TAG Heuer Monaco V4, first introduced as a concept watch in 2004. The new Monaco V4 Tourbillon takes the V4 technology to the next level: it is the world's first tourbillon watch driven by belts. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Breguet Ultrathin Tourbillon and Tourbillon QP

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Previewed at Baselworld 2013, Breguet’s Classique Tourbillon extra-plat automatique makes its official debut this year in platinum. This piece sets the mark as the thinnest automatic-winding tourbillon on the market. The movement is a mere 3 mm high, and the case is 7 mm thick. Breguet also showed a two versions of a magnificent tourbillon with perpetual calendar. One has a traditional dial, and the other is fully skeletonized.  … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon Debuts at Baselworld 2014

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon

Following up last year's Constant Escapement, Girard-Perregaux flexes its horological muscles again at this year's Baselworld with the introduction of the Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon, a limited edition of 10 watches in rose-gold cases. … [Read more...]

New Hublot Watches Launch at Baselworld 2014

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On Wednesday at Baselworld, Hublot presented its first bi-retrograde watch as well as a new minute repeater tourbillon. The Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono is the official watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is specially designed for soccer lovers. The brand also introduced Hublot's second minute repeater tourbillon, the Classic Fusion Cathedral. Below, you’ll find details and new images of both watches. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Peter Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon

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The Magister Tourbillon is both a new timepiece and the first watch in a new collection from independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin.  The Magister Tourbillon incorporates several visual cues from Speake-Marin’s very first timepiece – a handmade pocket watch with tourbillon known as the Foundation Watch, which featured the same blued steel hands and tourbillon cage with topping tool motif. … [Read more...]

Video: Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica 11

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Jaeger-LeCoultre's Hybris Mechanica 11 — also known as the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon — was among the highlight pieces of this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva. The ultra-complicated timepiece, JLC told us, is the "thinnest minute repeater on the market" and also boasts automatic winding and a flying tourbillon fitted with a flying balance wheel. (Click here to read our first impressions of the watch from SIHH.) During the official SIHH launch of the watch, for which … [Read more...]

Audio: Excerpts from our Interview with Arnold & Son Watchmaker Sébastien Chaulmontet

Sebastien Chaulmontet of Arnold & Son

In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below for audio excerpts from Disher's one-on-one interview with the man behind the watch, Arnold & Son's head of movement development, Sébastien Chaulmontet. … [Read more...]

Video: Arnold & Son UTTE

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon

In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below to view a video of the watch, shot exclusively for WatchTime by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]

Video: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual

In the March-April 2014 issue of WatchTime, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher conducts an in-depth watch test of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual. Click here to view a video of the watch, shot exclusively for WatchTime by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]

The 3 Biggest Surprises at SIHH 2014

Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon

I know, I know, you are supposed to expect the unexpected. Even so, I did not expect what Baume & Mercier, Greubel Forsey and Cartier unveiled at last week’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here are the three biggest surprises of SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]

Advertisement: Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 Collection

JLC Master-Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Jaeger-LeCoultre has released an array of new timepieces at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva this week. Click here for detailed information and photos of the all-new Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon as well as new watches from the Grande Reverso, Duomètre, and Master Ultra Thin collections. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon – Live Images

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First unveiled in 2002 as a 30th anniversary tribute to the Royal Oak, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept watch is among the most anticipated launches at SIHH. Everyone knows it is coming – what will AP do this year? The answer for 2014 might come as a surprise, because the aesthetics would not likely be predicted. Here is a hint: white ceramic plays a major role. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon

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The tourbillon has long been something of an enigma. It is offered as the ultimate in timekeeping precision, and its owners pay dearly for a watch that is supposed to be the ultimate in accuracy. Yet because of its construction, tourbillon watches are almost impossible to set precisely – to the second- with the current time. That’s because they lack basics like stop-seconds and zero reset functions. Until now. With the 1815 Tourbillon, Lange presents the first tourbillon armed with these … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 3 New Chronograph Watches

Cartier Chrono tourbillon

As per usual, this year's SIHH watch fair has already yielded a number of super-high-end complicated watches with tourbillons, repeaters, and all manner of other horological magic. But let's not overlook the most popular complicated watch, the (relatively) humble chronograph; the watchmakers at Cartier, Roger Dubuis, and Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly didn't. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Roger Dubuis Unveils Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon with Hand-Made Guilloché

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We've already given you a taste of the new Roger Dubuis watches at SIHH 2014, courtesy of our Watch Insider, Alexander Linz. Now the WatchTime team has gotten a detailed look at all of the new models, including the headliner watch that was kept under wraps until the show: the Roger Dubuis Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Baume & Mercier Joins the Tourbillon Club

Baume & Mercier Clifton Flying Tourbllon

On Day One of the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, the WatchTime team saw some watches up close and personal that we'd already seen as previews — and then, there were a few surprises. One of those was from "affordable luxury" watch brand Baume & Mercier, which broke with tradition with the introduction of its first tourbillon watch, the Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon. … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 5 Amazing Views Inside the A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Tourbillon

A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Tourbillon

In the photo essay "Through the Looking Glass" in WatchTime's December 2008 issue, we took readers inside the micro-mechanical wonderland of A. Lange & Söhne's Cabaret Tourbillon. Now these exclusive images by photographer Jorg Wischmann are available as downloadable wallpaper for your computer's desktop. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: Watch Insider Update on the Roger Dubuis Watches Launching at SIHH

Roger Dubuis Hommage Chronograph

News and photos of watches debuting at next week's SIHH watch fair continue to roll in. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I cover new the first new models from Roger Dubuis, a brand known for its rather eccentric style but is focusing more on classical design values this year. Here is a teaser of what to expect. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 Tourbillon Watches from Vacheron Constantin, Greubel Forsey, & Ralph Lauren

Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT

With less than two weeks before the 2014 SIHH watch fair kicks off in Geneva, the luxury watch brands exhibiting there continue to send sneak peeks of several new watches set to debut at the show this year. This week, we take a look at three new watches from three very different brands but with one thing in common: all of them have tourbillons. … [Read more...]

Pre-SIHH: 3 New Cartier Men’s Watches

Cartier RDC Earth & Moon

The previews of new luxury watches debuting at the SIHH watch salon in Geneva this January continue to roll in. Our "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz has already shown you one of the new Cartier watches for men premiering at SIHH, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver. Now we reveal three more new men's Cartier watches. … [Read more...]

Armin Strom Tourbillon Gravity Fire

Armin Strom Tourbillon Gravity Fire

Armin Strom, the eponymous Swiss watch brand founded by watchmaker and skeletonization expert Armin Strom 40 years ago, has released a new watch that showcases a rare horological combination: a tourbillon watch with an automatic-winding micro-rotor movement. It's called the Tourbillon Gravity Fire, and it is this week's Watch to Watch. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet released its first Royal Oak Concept watch in 2002 with a case made of Alacrite 602. Another Concept model, in 2008, featured a forged carbon case, and the 2011 model combined a titanium case with a black ceramic bezel. Ahead of the 2014 SIHH watch fair in January, AP has unveiled the newest in the series, the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon, which adds a white ceramic bezel to the titanium case. … [Read more...]

Historical F.P. Journe Tourbillon Marks 30 Years of Independent Watchmaking

F.P. Journe Anniversary Tourbillon

Thirty years ago, 20-year-old French watchmaking prodigy Francois-Paul Journe completed his pet project: a pocketwatch with a handmade tourbillon, in an era in which that 19th-century horological invention was virtually forgotten. This year, Journe celebrates the anniversary with a wristwatch version of that groundbreaking timepiece, the F.P. Journe Anniversary Tourbillon. … [Read more...]