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Jean-Frederic Dufour, Current CEO of Zenith, Named New Rolex CEO

Jean-Frederic Dufour CEO Rolex

A rumor reported on our sister blog, Watch-Insider.com, this morning, has now been confirmed: Jean-Frédéric Dufour, currently the CEO of Zenith, has been named the new global CEO for Rolex SA. An official start date for Dufour, who has been in his position at Zenith since 2009, has yet to be announced. The text of Rolex's very brief press release, issued today, follows. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]

Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch-Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2014

Linz and Omega's Urquhart

Our "Watch Insider," Alexander Linz, had a busy Baselworld 2014, running around to photograph new products and interview some of the watch world's biggest movers and shakers. Below you'll find links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime's sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Tribute to Charles Vermot (Updated with Live Photo From Baselworld 2014)

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Charles Vermot LE

You may have never heard of Charles Vermot, but if you own a Zenith El Primero watch, or any other watch equipped with Zenith's famous high-frequency mechanical chronograph movement, the El Primero, you owe him a debt of gratitude. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Zenith El Primero Lightweight Chronograph

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Zenith previewed a pre-production version of the El Primero Lightweight  at SIHH, and now at Baselworld, the brand unveils the final product. Significant changes include a decision not to include the Striking 10th complication, which in turn lowers the final price by about $3,000. Find images, complete details and technical specifications inside. … [Read more...]

Back is Beautiful: 11 New Luxury Watch Wallpapers

Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime

In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, we present the latest edition in our popular series of "Back is Beautiful" photo features, which showcases fine mechanical watches that are as intriguing from the back as they are from the front. Click below to download these amazing original photos as wallpaper for your desktop. … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue: 17 Watches With Blue Dials and Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

One of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S. — is the blue-on-blue dial-strap combination. We took a look at watches unveiled at the 2013 watch fairs as well as watches released within recent years, and compiled a list of 17 timepieces from brands on the blue bandwagon. First unveiled at … [Read more...]

Above the Clouds: Testing the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature from our August 2012 issue, which features original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous test. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 ROUNDUP: 4 DAYS, 47 WATCHES

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon

At last week's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our live updates. To make it easier for you to see everything we covered, we've created this handy recap with links to all 47 watches we covered over the watch fair's four days. Day One: The first day of SIHH saw the introduction of Baume & Mercier's … [Read more...]

Audio: 14 Watch Executive Interviews from SIHH 2014 (Updated)

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At this year's SIHH in Geneva, I spoke with 14 important figures, from 13 luxury watch brands, about the timepieces unveiled at the show and what each brand has in store for 2014. Follow the links below to hear the audio from these interviews, all conducted for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Zenith Pays Tribute to the Wright Brothers

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This year Zenith honors the Wright brothers with a watch issued in a 1,903-piece limited edition: the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT 1903. Of course 1903 is the year Orville Wright successfully flew the appropriately named “Flyer” over a distance of about 130 feet at the Kitty Hawk dunes in North Carolina. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Christmas List: 28 Watch Gift Ideas for Watch Lovers

Rolex GMT-Master II - side

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and many of you are probably considering buying a watch, either as a gift for a loved one or as a year-end reward for yourself. In response to the many readers of my blog, Watch-Insider.com, asking me what watch I would recommend, here are my personal selections of watches to give as gifts, all introduced this year or very recently. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements, Part 1

Lemania 2310 movement

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, this week’s Fratello … [Read more...]

Need a Gift for Her? Here are 25 Ladies’ Watches from WatchTime.com and Watch Insider

A. Lange & Söhne Ladies Saxonia Automatic

With the holiday season upon us, many of you are probably seeking out a gift for the lady in your life. Why not share with her your passion for fine watches? We've decided to make your search a bit easier by gathering several of our recent articles on ladies' watches all in one place. Follow the links below, where we highlight recently released ladies' watches to narrow down your gift … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Patek Philippe Worldtimer watch

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are my top 15, from … [Read more...]

More Vintage Style: 9 Modern Re-Editions of Classical Watches

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin

Last week, I listed 10 of my favorite vintage-style re-edition watches from various brands, but a lot of favorites still got left out. So, due to popular demand, here are nine more watches released in the past year or so that I consider among the best at representing the ongoing trend of reviving classical looks.   Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra Thin: This is a modern re-edition of the … [Read more...]

Top 20 Swiss Chronometer Watch Brands 2012: Rolex Leads the Pack

Rolex Submariner CU

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale now, we examine data from COSC that reveals the top 20 Swiss watch brands by number of COSC chronometer certificates issued to them in 2012. … [Read more...]

Zenith El Primero Lightweight Limited Edition (Video)

Zenith El Primero Lightweight

In 2010, Zenith introduced its El Primero Striking 10th chronograph, whose highlight feature was a sweep-seconds hand that made 10 jumps per second and a complete sweep of the dial every 10 seconds. This year, the brand introduces a version of that watch designed for maximum lightness called, appropriately, the El Primero Lightweight. … [Read more...]

Video: Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale October 29, technical editor Mike Disher tests the Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar. Click play on the video below, taken by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson, for an up-close look at this new Zenith pilots' watch. … [Read more...]

Facetime October 12

Karl Schneider, wearing a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day Date Automatic Chronograph, spends time with his daughter Victoria at their house in Nassau, Bahamas.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Karl Schneider, Ron Lewis, and John DeRossi for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present … [Read more...]