5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

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As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective categories. … [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

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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...]

14 Millestone Audemars Piguet Watches, From the First Minute Repeater to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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Watchtime Spotlight: Audemars Piguet – 14 Milestone Audemars Piguet watches Download this FREE feature and expand your knowledge about the 14 most important timepieces in more than a century of Audemars Piguet watches. The story of Audemars Piguet is one of constant innovation. From their earliest days, Audemars Piguet watches have been recognized for their boldness in both design and technology. This FREE download from WatchTime magazine gives you the stories behind 14 of history’s most … [Read more...]

Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

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Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches!Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious and beautiful jewelry. But Cartier watches also display a passion for technology and innovation. This FREE downloadable feature from WatchTime magazine introduces you to the 23 most important milestones in the history of the Cartier watch. Learn the stories behind the Cartier Santos, the Cartier … [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. The case takes the expected form.  The bright white ceramic bezel, and crown, pushpiece, and central … [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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Breguet Tourbillon Exhibition Comes to New York

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Breguet brought its traveling exhibition, “Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon,” to New York City, for the last stop on a U.S. tour at the Breguet Boutique Fifth Avenue. Featuring a retrospective of the tourbillon mechanism throughout watchmaking history, the showcase has traveled across Asia and Europe since its unveiling in Geneva at the start of 2013.The brand celebrated the arrival of the exhibition to the Big Apple with a private cocktail reception on the evening of … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Recently I had the opportunity to see the latest masterpiece from Montblanc's Villeret collection, the 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, presented by new Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert. In this article, originally run on my blog, Watch Insider.com, I explore the watch and provide original photos and a short HD video. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Hermès Unveils its First Tourbillon Watch

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Up until very recently, Hermès was known more as a fashion brand than as a purveyor of haute horlogerie. However, its watchmaking subsidiary, La Montre Hermès, has been challenging those assumptions as of late with many of its new watches and proprietary movements, and has now released its first tourbillon watch, called the Arceau Lift. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Adds 14-Day Tourbillon to its Platinum Collection

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In 2006, Vacheron Constantin became the first watch brand to dedicate an entire collection to platinum timepieces. This year, the venerable brand adds a version of its Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon to its Collection Excellence Platine. … [Read more...]

Video: Touring the Perrelet Turbillon

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At Baselworld 2013, Perrelet added to its flagship Turbine collection of double-rotor timepieces with the line's first tourbillon watch — in this case, cleverly spelled "Turbillon." The new watch is among the 60+ new watches covered in our September-October issue, on sale August 27. Click here for a video showing the Turbillon and its spinning rotor blades in action. … [Read more...]

Triple Threat: Audemars Piguet’s Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph

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To many watch fans, Audemars Piguet is all about the Royal Oak, its iconic octagonal sports watch. However, the family-owned Swiss brand also wowed aficionados of haute horlogerie at this year's SIHH with its incredibly complicated and extremely limited Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph, inspired by a vintage timepiece from the 1920s. … [Read more...]

Chinese Watch Manufacturer Memorigin Releases “Man of Steel” Tourbillon

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Chinese watchmaker Memorigin has teamed up with Warner Bros. to create a tourbillon inspired by the latest Superman movie, "Man of Steel." The watch is a limited edition of 130 pieces, released to coincide with the launch of the new film. … [Read more...]

Chinese Manufacturer Sea-Gull Unveils Dual-Axis Tourbillon

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Once again watch-insider.com is the very first site to show something absolutely unexpected. Who thought that a Chinese manufacturer would be able to produce a dual-axis tourbillon called WingTourbillon?This is what my friend Logan just wrote me in his email. Guys, this is thrilling!! … [Read more...]

3 Standout Tourbillon Watches From Baselworld 2013

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After a few challenging economic years for the watch industry, in which some feared big-ticket haute horlogerie timepieces were on the wane, tourbillon watches came roaring back at this year's Baselworld. Here's a trio of unusual tourbillons that grabbed our attention. … [Read more...]