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SIHH 2019:

The Freak That Wears a Crown: Ulysse Nardin Launches the Freak X

Ulysse Nardin, which shook up the watch world with the release of the first Freak watch way back in 2001, flew its Freak flag high again in 2018 with the introduction of the Freak Vision, the first in the unconventional series equipped with a self-winding movement. For those wondering what the brand would do for...

SIHH 2019:

Introducing the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar

After the highly successful introduction of the Clifton Baumatic line last year, the collection has returned with the launch of the first complication bearing the Baumatic designation. The Baumatic was regarded as a strong step forward for the accessibly priced Richemont brand when it was launched at SIHH 2018. Boasting a five-day power reserve, the original Baumatic...


Borrowed Time: Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date in Green

What makes a watch stand out to those not interested in horology? It’s an intriguing question and is one I sought to answer as I received the Glashütte Original Panorama Date in Green (Ref. 2-39-47-04-02-04) for review before I left for my hometown over the holidays. I’m originally from an area of the United States...


Borrowed Time: Hands-On with the Leica L2 GMT

It’s been a little over six months since we first heard the news that Leica was branching out from its position as a longtime leader in the camera industry and into the world of watchmaking. The reaction at that time by industry pundits and enthusiasts was one of mixed enthusiasm. Would this be another example...


Armin Strom Updates the Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance with a Sapphire Crystal Case

Only days remain until SIHH 2019 officially gets started. As the press releases and announcements continue to flow in before the show, we’ve discovered that the first release from Armin Strom in 2019 will be an update to one of last year’s most horologically compelling travel-time releases: The Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance. First revealed...


Oris Announces the Heavy-Duty ProDiver Dive Control

The first watch to be released by Oris in 2019 is a professional-grade diver that was developed in collaboration with Roman Frischknecht, one of Switzerland’s only commercial divers who has helped spearhead the build-out of the ProDiver collection since 2009. One of the most notable results of this partnership has been the brand’s proprietary Rotation Safety...


Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

Swiss watch brand Oris is no novice to the “Vintage Eye” series. With previous releases like the ever-popular Diver Sixty-Five; the Big Crown 1917 with its distinctive pocketwatch style; and last year’s ChronOris Date, the century-plus-old Holstein-based watchmaker has long been taking part in the ongoing retro-look watch trend, with models resurrected from its rich...

In Partnership with Ulysse Nardin

The Ulysse Nardin Logbook: The Brand

Since 1846, Ulysse Nardin has continued to introduce iconic timepieces full of wonderful ingenuity and extraordinary technical achievement. Part of this achievement comes from the company’s determination to master every aspect of the craft in-house. For this ongoing video series about the Swiss watch brand, WatchTime met with Ulysse Nardin’s CEO Patrick Pruniaux to talk about...


Blancpain Unveils Fifty Fathoms Automatique in New Titanium Case

Blancpain, like all of its brethren in the luxury segment of the Swatch Group, will not be exhibiting at the 2019 Baselworld watch fair, so this announcement doesn’t qualify as a “Baselworld preview” as it would have in recent years. Nevertheless, the venerable Swiss maison is getting a jump on the new year with a...


Eight Tourbillon Timepieces That Caught Our Eye in 2018

As we approach the end of 2018 and prepare for 2019 — surely destined to be another interesting year in the world of watches — we take a look back at some of the most noteworthy timepieces that came out this year, in various popular categories. Today, we look at eight watches from 2018 that offered interesting takes on that classical mainstay of high horology, the tourbillon.


Crimson Timed: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski Red Ceramic

Hublot began its partnership with best-selling French artist Richard Orlinski in 2017, and expanded its palette of colored ceramic watches in 2018 with the Baselworld launch of the Big Bang Unico Red Magic, notable for its use of the watch world’s first “vibrant-color” ceramic. With the just-announced Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinksi, the “Art of Fusion”...


Borrowed Time: Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde

Ever since I spent a few brief moments with the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde at Baselworld 2018, I’ve been looking forward to getting some real wrist time with it. I was immediately attracted to the brushed finish on the dial, the combination of the large, printed Arabic numerals and vintage Tissot logo, and the sharp,...


An Interview with Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Catherine Rénier was named CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre in May 2018. In an interview with Rüdiger Bucher, editor-in-chief of WatchTime’s German sister magazine Chronos and International Editorial Director of Ebner Publishing, she discusses the values of the brand and what she is planning — and not planning — for the near future.


How an Armin Strom In-House Movement Comes to Life

The independent brand from Biel, Switzerland has one of the highest levels of vertical integration in the industry. If you have the opportunity to visit a watch factory, you will no doubt see many different operations being performed by different machines and people with different specializations. Only at Armin Strom, however, will you see all...


Parmigiani Tonda Metropolitaine Sélène Now in Rose Gold

Sneak previews of new timepieces making their debut at SIHH 2019 next month continue to make their way to our desks, like little stocking stuffers ahead of the big haul on Christmas morning. Recently received from Parmigiani Fleurier is the one you’ll discover below, a new rose-gold version of its Tonda Metropolitaine Sélène, a feminine...


Girard-Perregaux Adds a Perpetual Calendar to the Laureato Collection

“Laureato” translates to “Graduate” in English, and the Girard-Perregaux Laureato, the 1970s luxury sports watch whose modern incarnation was launched in 2016, graduates to the haute horlogerie big leagues with the just-unveiled Perpetual Calendar model, which makes its official debut next month at the SIHH watch salon in Geneva. Here’s what you should know about...


G-Shock Inventor Kikuo Ibe Discusses the Innate Collectability of G-Shock and the Success of the Full Metal Line

I met Kikuo Ibe for the first time last November during the G-Shock 35th-anniversary party held at Madison Square Garden. Although the larger-than-life spectacle featured contemporary cultural icons like Virgil Abloh and Ronnie Fieg, everything was centered around Mr. Ibe, the eccentric engineer who created the practically indestructible timepiece. My next in-depth encounter with the...


Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Longines Heritage 1945

To avoid the hyperbole commonly afforded to Longines’s Heritage Collection, I’ll put it simply: it is expansive, and in the process of developing it the brand has paced the industry in re-creating its best vintage designs using modern techniques and manufacturing. The newest addition to this collection is the Longines Heritage 1945, a watch seemingly...


G-SHOCK’s Latest Addition to the MR-G Line is its Most Impressive Yet

Just in time for the holidays, G-SHOCK has released the MRGG2000R, the first G-SHOCK to utilize an innovative screw-locking mechanism and the first with a Dura Soft Fluoro-Rubber Band. Over the past few years, the MR-G collection has evolved into one of the brand’s most interesting collections, with a large amount of focus put on high-concept...