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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...]

Photo Slideshow: Inside Vacheron Constantin’s High Complications Workshop

VACHERON CONSTANTIN workshop

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale October 29, Mike Disher takes an in-depth look at Vacheron Constantin's Patrimony Contemporaine Caliber 1731. View the image gallery below to see watchmakers at work in Vacheron Constantin's high complications workshop. … [Read more...]

Photo Slideshow: Images from the Smithsonian’s “Time and Navigation” Exhibit

Arnold & Dent Chronometer

In the November-December 2013 issue of WatchTime, on sale October 29, associate editor Jay Deshpande visits the Smithsonian's "Time and Navigation" exhibit. Click on the image gallery below for a look at classic chronometers on display at the exhibit. … [Read more...]

Watchmaker Dominique Loiseau Passes Away

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French watchmaker Dominique Loiseau, known for creating the Rose des Temps clock, Blancpain 1735 wristwatch, and other notable timepieces, has passed away. Last year, Loiseau joined Girard-Perregaux to develop new in-house movements for the brand. Read below for Girard-Perragaux's official statement on the watchmaker's passing. The management and employees of Girard-Perregaux and Kering wish to express their deep sorrow at the news of the sudden death of legendary watchmaker and philosopher of … [Read more...]

Bonus Audio: Excerpts from WatchTime’s Interview with Peter Speake-Marin

Peter Speake-Marin

In WatchTime's February issue, on sale next week, executive editor Norma Buchanan profiles Peter Speake-Marin, the British watchmaker who has been plying his trade as an independent for a decade. Click below for audio excerpts from Buchanan's exclusive interview with Speake-Marin. … [Read more...]

Maîtres du Temps Rounds Out Chapter Two

Maitres du Temps Chapter 2 TCR in Titanium - Angle

Last year's headliner watch from Maîtres du Temps was undeniably the innovative Chapter Three Reveal — but the haute-de-gamme brand, which teams up noted independent watchmakers to produce limited, complicated models, also released a version of its Chapter Two timepiece in a sporty, round case, nicknamed TCR, for Triple Calendar Round. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux’s New Hawk Collection Takes Flight in Miami

Girard-Perregaux Hawk Diver

One night after its limited edition FOReverglades watch made its debut during the Art Basel Miami Beach festivities, Girard-Perregaux launched its new sports watch line, called Hawk, at a "watchmaking on the beach" event at Miami's Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Before the event, WatchTime sat with Michele Sofisti, CEO of the brand, who gave us a close look at the new pieces and answered questions about the line. … [Read more...]

F. A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award 2012

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A few months ago, we reported on A. Lange & Söhne sponsoring the F.A. Lange Excellence Award, which involved eight young watchmakers from around the world competing for a prize of 10,000 euros by creating a date display based on an ETA 6498 movement. On December 6, the winners were finally announced. … [Read more...]

Maîtres du Temps Opens First Boutique

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Maîtres du Temps has opened its first-ever boutique, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Situated in the Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang, the heart of the city’s main shopping district, the boutique officially opened on November 22, with VIP guests and dignitaries in attendance. The launch coincided with the start of “A Journey Through Time VI,” Asia’s premier luxury watch-and-jewelry exhibition. … [Read more...]

Mountain Climbing: Montblanc’s Journey to Haute Horlogerie

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In this profile piece from WatchTime's January-February 2009 issue, executive editor Norma Buchanan reveals how Montblanc, a brand best known for pens, entered the heady world of haute horlogerie, and explores the brand's ultra-complicated Grand Tourbillon Heures Mystérieuses. … [Read more...]

Hublot Teams with Cigar Maker to Create King Power Arturo Fuente

Hublot King Power Arturo Fuente in cigar box

Fine cigars have much in common with fine watches — luxury products with romantic heritage, handmade by skilled craftsmen, appreciated by connoisseurs — and now Hublot has created a timepiece that ties the two together together in a significant way — the new King Power Arturo Fuente edition, developed in collaboration with one of the world's most popular premium cigar brands. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Partners with North American Swiss Watchmaking Institute

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Vacheron Constantin and the North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking (NAIOSW) have announced a new, two-year partnership to promote and support high watchmaking in North America. Vacheron Constantin is the first Swiss watch brand to partner with the NAIOSW, based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. … [Read more...]

Grieb & Benzinger Presents Unique “Blue Whirlwind” Tourbillon Minute Repeater

Grieb & Benzinger Blue Whirlwind Front

The German watch firm Grieb & Benzinger, known for its one-of-a-kind skeletonized watches with intricate guilloché embellishments, has released its latest, called Blue Whirlwind, a skeletonized tourbillon minute repeater based on a rare Patek Philippe caliber. … [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...]

Dwyane Wade Visits Hublot

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NBA star Dwyane Wade recently paid a visit to the Hublot Manufacture workshops in Nyon, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original Senator Observer

Glashutte Original Senator Observer

Last year, Glashütte Original introduced a limited-edition watch called the Senator Observer, a white-gold timepiece that celebrated the memory of German watchmaker Julius Assmann and famed explorer Roald Amundsen. It was modeled on the traditional observation watches (more widely known as "deck watches") made in the German town of Glashütte, which were used by navigators to determine a ship's position at sea. This year, at the Baselworld watch fair, the company launched an unlimited version … [Read more...]

Sovereign Statement: Testing F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain

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F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain is renowned for its rarity and collectibility, but how well does it function as a timekeeper? WatchTime puts the watch through its paces in our exclusive test; Nik Schölzel provides the breathtaking original photography. … [Read more...]

Betting on Black: Richard Mille New RM 030 Limited Editions

Richard Mille RM 030 Black Out

In 2011, Richard Mille presented a watch with a new technical innovation: a model called the RM 030, powered by the new automatic Caliber RMAR1, which features a so-called "declutchable" winding rotor. Now the company has released a pair of limited-edition versions of the watch to be sold exclusively in North and South America, both with prominent black elements and appropriately "dark" names: the RM 030 Black Out and the RM 030 Black Rose. … [Read more...]

A. Lange & Söhne Sponsors F.A. Lange Excellence Award

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For the third time in a row, A. Lange & Söhne is sponsoring the F.A. Lange Excellence Award, which involves eight young watchmakers from Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA vying for a prize of 10,000 euros. The participants have to construct a date display on the basis of an ETA 6498 movement. … [Read more...]

Tech Talk: Montblanc’s TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000

Montblanc TimeWriter II Bi-Frequence side

If three watches constitute a trend, then measuring milliseconds, or 1/1,000s of a second, is a trend. Two watch brands, each with high-speed horological histories, have launched mechanical chronographs claimed to be capable of accurately measuring 1/1,000s of a second. Last year, TAG Heuer debuted its Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, followed this year by the even faster Mikrogirder. At SIHH this year, Montblanc launched its own millisecond-measuring marvel, the TimeWriter II … [Read more...]