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Christie’s 2010 Watch Sales Highest Ever at $91 Million

Christie’s wrapped up a record-breaking year for fine timepieces, realizing $91.2 million in total sales – the highest annual total ever for the the global auction house. Patek Philippe dominated the results, capturing each of the year’s top 10 positions for wristwatch sales. In all, five Pateks sold for more than $1 million apiece. Look...

Seiko Wins Sports Watch of the Year at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Seiko’s Spring Drive Spacewalk Commemorative Edition was named the Sports Watch of the Year at the 2010 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. This accolade is the most prestigious yet awarded to Seiko’s unique Spring Drive technology. The Spacewalk was taken into space by Richard Garriott and worn during his stay onboard the International Space Station...

Images from WatchTime’s NYC Hublot Event

This past Tuesday night, a select group of WatchTime friends attended an invitation-only event with Hublot at the elegant Park Avenue Autumn restaurant in Manhattan. About 50 attendees enjoyed an evening of delicious food and wine, fabulous watches, and a chance to meet Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver, U.S. president Beatrice de Quervain, Hublot’s Mike Margolis,...

Preview: Christie’s Important Watches Geneva

On November 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, Christie’s will present 387 lots, including “A Connoisseur’s Vision Part III”, which together with Parts I and II, represent the most important private Patek Philippe collection ever offered at auction, and the most expensive collection ever sold. The star of this sale is an...

Frédérique Constant and Cohiba Cigars Launch Limited Edition Wristwatches

Frédérique Constant has partnered with Cohiba premium cigars to create two bespoke wristwatches exclusively for the U.S. and its territories, including the U.S Virgin Islands. The “Frédérique Constant for Cohiba Limited Edition” timepieces will be unveiled at a private VIP reception on September 22 at Club Macanudo in New York City.

Swiss Watch Industry Loses “Just” 4,200 Jobs

It could have been worse. Last year, Swiss watch companies eliminated “only” 4,200 jobs, compared with the more than 5,000 that some officials had predicted. Employment is now 49,097, a decline of 7.9% from 2008, and nearly the same as in 2007. Manufacturing jobs were hardest hit, declining 9.8%, to 36,275.

Switzerland Mourns Its Watch “Messiah”

Switzerland has responded to the sudden death of Swatch Group Chairman Nicolas G. Hayek on June 28 with a rare outpouring of grief, praise, and appreciation. Hayek, 82, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but grew up in Switzerland and spent his entire professional life there. Hayek has been a prominent public figure in the country...

Watch Sales Down Again for Japan’s Big Three

Results for the fiscal year ended March 31 show that watch sales at Japan’s Big Three watch firms slumped for the second consecutive year as the Great Recession continued to suppress demand for mid-priced watches. Nevertheless, the watch divisions at Citizen, Seiko and Casio remained profitable. For the companies as a whole, only the Citizen...

Ladoire Roller Guardian Time – The UFO of Watchmaking?

Lionel Ladoire launched his eponymous company in 2007 and his first timepiece is an audacious effort. He refers to it as the UFO of watchmaking, and the company’s press materials acknowledge that this piece leaves no one indifferent. It may not come as a surprise that Ladoire is a surfer and a rock drummer as...

What’s the Most Valuable Watch Brand? And Just How Valuable Is It?

Each year the Millward Brown Optimor consulting firm issues a ranking of the world’s top brands. MBO uses a complex formula to estimate a brand’s worth. Only one brand whose primary product is watches made the list: Rolex. MBO estimates that Geneva-based Rolex is the world’s sixth most valuable luxury brand with a value of...

“Mad” About ’60s Watches

The fourth season of AMC TV’s Emmy-award-winning drama series Mad Men premieres in late July, and the show’s fans have the date circled. The series, which follows the lives and careers of Madison Avenue advertising executives in 1960s New York, has not only wowed critics and fueled revivals of that era’s fashions and classic cocktails...

Swiss Watch Exports Pick Up in First Quarter

Swiss watch exports registered strong growth in March and for the first quarter overall. Exports to the U.S. were up 56% in March and 6.7% for the quarter. Though the numbers reflect improvements against admittedly terrible year-earlier figures, the results confirm that a recovery is under way, with exports returning to 2007 levels.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Examine Costco Sale of Omega Watches

In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for so-called “gray-market” goods, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether manufacturers can use U.S. copyright law to prevent their foreign-made goods from appearing on web sites and store shelves at U.S. discounters such as Costco, Amazon, Target, and others.

UTS Watches Launches Two New Diver 1000 v2 Models

Munich-based UTS Watches announces the launch of two handsome new Diver 1000 v2 models. The first is a GMT which uses a top grade ETA 2893-2 movement regulated in 5 positions, with Glucydor balance wheel and Incabloc shock protection. This model displays local time plus a second time zone via a GMT hand that completes...

VISUAL QUIZ: Can You Identify These Mystery Watches?

Can you identify a watch at 40 paces? How about when only a bit of the watch is visible, the rest hidden by a shirt cuff? To test your watch spotting skills, we’ve cropped images of 15 well-known modern watches so that you can see only a portion of the dial and case. Can you...

2009 Swiss Watch Exports Down 22.3%

The headline on the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry’s report on December, 2009 exports reads “Recovery Confirmed.” This is perhaps a case of news that is less bad being viewed as good. Swiss watch exports for December were down only 7.2% compared with the same month in 2008, though for all of 2009, Swiss...

Swatch Group Chairman Wants to Stop Deliveries to Competitors

Reuters is reporting that in a recent interview published in the Swiss daily l’agefi, Swatch Group Chairman Nicolas Hayek said the group plans to stop selling watch parts to other brands. Swatch Group supplies movements and crucial components to many brands through its ETA unit. “We no longer intend to produce or deliver to third-party...

Beyond Tiger: Watches, Celebs, and Scandal

If, in the wake of the Tiger Woods scandal, you were wondering about the status of his endorsement deal with TAG Heuer, you need only check the company’s Web site for the answer. As this is written, the TAG Heuer home page features a statement from brand CEO Jean-Christophe Babin that “The partnership with Tiger...