Controlled Chaos: Harry Winston’s Opus XI

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For a couple of seconds every hour, the dial looks like a mess, but then all is made clear. Meet the Harry Winston Opus XI. Click here to read WatchTime writer Martina Richter's in-depth report on the watch for our July-August issue, along with a video of how its ultra-complicated movement works. … [Read more...]

Stephen Forsey to be Keynote Speaker at AWCI 2012

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Fans of both classical and modern horology, take note: the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) will be hosting its 2012 Convention and Educational Symposium on August 1st - 5th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Colorado, and this year's headliners represent two generations of high watchmaking. Stephen Forsey, co-founder with Robert Greubel of the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based haute de gamme watch brand, Greubel-Forsey, will be the keynote speaker, and Archie B. Perkins, a … [Read more...]

This Year’s Model: Rolex Releases New-Look Submariner for 2012 (Video)

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Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the 2012 model of Rolex's iconic Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch, introduced at the Baselworld watch fair in March, retains the Submariner's immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window of previous models and incorporates several new technical innovations exclusive to Rolex. … [Read more...]

Horology Comes to Steeltown: Kobold’s Spirit of America

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Our salute to American watchmaking continues with a profile of Pittsburgh-based Kobold Watch Company and the story behind its U.S.-made Spirit of America watch, which brand founder Michael Kobold proudly launched in 2008. Click here to read the story and see photos of the watch. … [Read more...]

Test: Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques American 1921

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WatchTime continues its "America Week" with a test of Vacheron Constantin's Historiques American 1921, originally published in our print edition, with photos by Nik Schölzel. The watch is an updated version of a classic timepiece from the heyday of Art Deco that was made exclusively for the North American market. … [Read more...]

MB&F and Sarpaneva Shoot for the Moon with New Horological Machine

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Finnish independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva has joined MB&F's growing circle of "friends," collaborating with MB&F founder Max Büsser to develop the newest MB&F "horological machine," called the HM3 MoonMachine. Designed on the platform of MB&F's unconventional "Frog" model, it features an entirely new moon-phase complication designed by Sarpaneva. … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Launches New Rendez-Vous Ladies Watch with Diane Kruger

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German actress Diane Kruger, known for her roles as Helen of Troy in 2004's Troy and Bridget von Hammersmark in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino WWII film Inglorious Basterds, has been a brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre since 2009, and now she serves as the inspiration for JLC's new collection of ladies' watches, called Rendez-Vous. … [Read more...]

Inside Basel-Geneva 2012 — Bigger, More Luxurious and Filling Up Fast

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WatchTime and noted watch collector Jeff Kingston are teaming up once again in 2012 to present the seventh annual series of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" events, which this year will all take place in five-star hotels and private clubs and will feature more watch brands than ever before. Held in five cities throughout the U.S., several of the events are already close to being sold out. … [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...]

Animation Innovation: Harry Winston’s Opus 12

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Each year as Baselworld approaches, one word percolates to the top of the watch world’s collective consciousness: “Opus.” Harry Winston’s Opus pieces often outscore all others on the buzz-generator charts. This year’s Opus watch did not disappoint. It may have momentarily confused some of us, but it did not disappoint. (Click on the watch photos for wallpaper images; find pricing below.) … [Read more...]

Panerai Breaks Ground on New Manufacture in Neuchâtel

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Ten years after opening its manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Officine Panerai has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new factory at Pierre-à-Bot, on the hills above Neuchâtel. All the company's development, production and assembly of watches and movements will be transferred to the new production facility, set to open by the end of 2013. … [Read more...]

Power Play: Reviewing the Hublot King Power Unico All Black

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With the launch of its Unico movement, Hublot became a manufacture. In the March-April 2012 issue of WatchTime, we find out how the Unico performs inside the brand's King Power Unico All Black. Read the in-depth review of the watch, with stunning visuals by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. Click on the pictures for wallpaper images. … [Read more...]

New York Exhibit Celebrates 40 Years of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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Audemars Piguet's iconic sports watch with the octagonal bezel, the Royal Oak, turns 40 this year, and the Swiss watch firm plans to celebrate the milestone in style, kicking off a touring exhibit of 100 rare Audemars Piguet watches, set against an artistic multimedia presentation showcasing the brand and its history, with an opening engagement this week at New York's Park Avenue Armory. Click "Read more" for photos from the exhibit. … [Read more...]

De Bethune Demonstrates Résonique High-Frequency Escapement Breakthrough

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For the past several years, De Bethune has focused its research efforts on developing super-high-frequency escapements. Currently, most escapements operate at 18,000 to 36,000 vph (2.5 to 5 Hz). In 2006, De Bethune demonstrated an experimental 72,000 vph (10 Hz) silicon escapement. Their latest efforts involve engineers, watchmakers, and a physicist, all working to develop a next-gen escapement powered by non-mechanical forces. … [Read more...]

2012 Geneva Time Exhibition Welcomes Four AHCI Watchmakers

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From January 15-20 at Espace Hippomène Genève, Geneva Time Exhibition's third edition will welcome four members from the Horological Academy of Independent Creators. Svend Andersen, Marc Jenni, Jean Kazes and Antoine Preziuso will present their latest collections and unique, artistic pieces. … [Read more...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Yearbook Five Pays Tribute to the Duality of the Reverso

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Each year since 2007, Jaeger-LeCoultre has published its Yearbook, a large-format, richly-illustrated book that draws inspiration from the latest activities of the watchmakers from the Vallée de Joux. The fifth opus is dedicated to the Reverso, in honor of the 80th anniversary of the timepiece with the dual personality. Find images from the Yearbook Five and information about availability inside. … [Read more...]

Dr. George Daniels Has Died

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The man considered by many to be the greatest watchmaker of the modern era has died. Dr. George Daniels passed away peacefully at his home in Ramsey, Isle of Man, on Friday. He was 85. During his 60-year career, Daniels created many new inventions, the most famous of which is the co-axial escapement adopted by Omega. Daniels was appointed an MBE in 1981 and CBE in 2010 for his services to horology. His book, titled simply Watchmaking, is a standard reference in the field. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Autumn Sale Includes Unique Patek Philippe Reference 1518, Historical Rolexes, and Much More

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Sotheby’s autumn sale of Important Watches on Sunday November 13 in Geneva will be spearheaded by the “Clarin Mustad 1518” - a unique Patek Philippe reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph that is estimated to sell for between $890,000 and $1,330,000. The sale also includes two Rolex wristwatches that belonged to leaders of the post-World War II era. … [Read more...]

Richemont Specialist Watchmaker Sales Up 34%

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At its Annual General Meeting held today in Geneva, Richemont announced that its overall sales for the five months ended August 31 increased by 29% at actual exchange rates. At constant exchange rates, sales increased by 35%. The Specialist Watchmakers saw an increase of 34% at constant exchange rates, and 28% at actual exchange rates. … [Read more...]

EU Probes Watch Manufacturers Over Parts Supply Policies

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European Union (EU) antitrust regulators have announced that they will investigate claims that luxury watch manufacturers are refusing to supply spare parts to independent watchmakers and repairers, a breach of EU competition rules. The European Commission did not identify the companies involved in the probe, however Swatch Group has confirmed that it is one of the targets. … [Read more...]