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Jaeger-LeCoultre Takes Top Two Spots in Timing Competition

A Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon Caliber 978 wristwatch won the first timing competition in more than 35 years, gaining 909 points out of a perfect timing score of 1,000. Second place went to a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon with 908 points. The Chronometrie 2009 international timing competition for mechanical wristwatches was held to mark the 50th anniversary...

Collector to the Rescue: Hartmut Kraft Reboots Chronoswiss North America

Re-launching a brand that has stumbled is difficult in a good economy. Imagine starting the process in October, 2008. That prospect lay before new Chronoswiss North America president Hartmut Kraft. Facing the worst economic downturn in decades, Kraft devised a plan to turn the North American market around. WatchTime traces Kraft’s progression from young watch...

F. P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu

F. P. Journe announces the Chronomètre Bleu. The 39mm case is carved from tantalum, a dark gray metal with blue overtones. Tantalum is rarely used in watchmaking because its density and high melting temperature make it difficult to manipulate. Through the display back, the balance and escapement appear mysteriously detached from the movement, beating with...

Audemars Piquet-Sponsored Hydrofoil Trimaran Sets World Speed Record

The trimaran l’Hydroptère has established itself as the fastest sailing craft on the planet, setting a new world speed record with an average speed of 50.17 knots (57.73 mph) over one nautical mile. Fifty knots per hour is a magical threshold for sailing, similar to the sound barrier for aviation. Alain Thébault and his ten-man...

Tips for Attending Baselworld

Baselworld 2010 runs from March 18 to 25 and it’s open to the public. Admission is CHF 60.00 for a 1-day pass, or CHF 150.00 for an 8-day pass. The doors are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on March 25. If you’re thinking of attending, here are some quick tips:...

What Are These Guys Up To?

TechnoMarine made a big splash a decade ago. A new team is hoping to do it again. The image of (left to right) Christian Viros, Vincent Perriard, and Steven Cohen, nearly up to their necks in water, is designed to make us wonder what these three bobbing Pep Boys are up to. The image is...

Chronoswiss Opens Boutique in NYC’s SoHo

Chronoswiss has opened its first USA boutique at 339 West Broadway in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. The boutique is open to the public now, and the grand opening celebration will be on Wednesday, December 2nd from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Chronoswiss teams up with jewelry designer and goldsmith Kristen Farrell to operate this...

AP Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet’s new Millenary Carbon One is a technical wonder. The case is forged carbon, an ultra-light material developed by AP. The middle section of the case is created by placing a set of threaded carbon filaments inside a mold. The wire, measuring one millimeter in diameter, is itself composed of several thousand 7-micron carbon...

Breitling 40 Year Anniversary Chrono-Matic QP and 1461 Limited Editions

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of their first automatic chronograph movement, Breitling is introducing two limited editions of its Chrono-Matic model. The first is the Chrono-Matic 1461, a stainless steel edition of 2,000 pieces combining a chronograph with a calendar that requires adjustment once each leap-year. The second, in red gold, is...

Vacheron Constantin SIHH 2010 Preview: Thin is In

Vacheron Constantin is known for producing some of the world’s thinnest timepieces, and for 2010 they are introducing two new wristwatches in the Historiques collection that confirm the brand’s expertise in the arena of the ultra-thin. The Historique Ultra-fine 1955 measures only 4.1mm thick, making it the world’s thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch. The Historique Ultra-fine...

Antiquorum to Auction Patek Philippe Calibre 89

On November 14 and 15 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Geneva, Antiquorum will hold its 35th anniversary sale, and among the more than 300 timepieces to be offered is one that should make any horology aficionado breathe a bit faster… a Patek Philippe Calibre 89 from the Matsuda Collection. With 33 complications, this is the...

Patek Philippe’s Thierry Stern: Past, Present, Future

WatchTime’s last feature, titled “Executive Sweep”, looked at the number of top watch company executives being replaced as a result of the economic downturn. This new article focuses on a transfer of executive power of a different type altogether. At family-owned Patek Philippe, top executives do not come and go. This story is about the...

IWC Mark XVI Plays Role in Roland Emmerich Film “2012”

In Roland Emmerich’s new action film “2012”, the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar brings a global cataclysm that threatens the survival of the human race. John Cusack stars as Jackson Curtis, an IWC owner who uses his Mark XVI pilot’s watch as collateral to secure seats on a small plane, saving himself and...

Executive Sweep

September was a tough month for watch executives, and not just because of the continuing slump in sales. A small army of top executives – three worldwide CEOs, and five U.S. ones – resigned or were fired.

H. Moser & Cie Mayu

We’re in an age of sobriety following a multi-year horological binge during which watches generally became much larger, much wilder, and much more expensive. The H. Moser & Cie Mayu is the perfect watch for these times. This watch is about simplicity, elegance, innovation, craftsmanship, and perhaps most of all, intrinsic value. The design approaches...

Breitling Cosmonaute Limited Edition

The year was 1962. The space race was well under way, and as a supplier to civilian and military aviation, Breitling took a keen interest in this new adventure. Using the Navitimer chronograph as a base, the brand’s technicians developed the Cosmonaute, a space-going version of this instrument indicating the daily 24 hours in a...

The Decade that Was

You can’t see us, but we’ve got our party hats on. This September, WatchTime magazine celebrates its 10th birthday. To mark the event, we’re publishing in our September-October issue (on newsstands now) a 38-page special section on the wild, wacky watch decade that just ended. The bulk of the section is a rundown of the...

Thirty Minutes with Richard Mille

In 1999, Richard Mille left his position as CEO of the Mauboussin watch and jewelry house to launch his own watch brand. His first model, the groundbreaking RM 001 — with its ultramodern design and technically fascinating movement made by Renaud et Papi — set the stage for the line, which has since become one...

Snapshots From a Recession

This is the time of year when market analysts release holiday shopping forecasts. Come along as we take a look at three important reports released recently. One focuses on global consumer confidence, one on the state of the USA retail trade, and one on retailer holiday plans. Sprinkle in comments from a leading watch brand...