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About Last Night: The Winning Watches from the 2017 GPHG Awards

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie — a.k.a “The Oscars of Watchmaking” — wrapped up in Geneva last night and we have the scoop on everything you need to know about this year’s champions. The winner of the prized Aiguille d’Or? The Chopard L.U.C Full Strike, a watch that our own Norma Buchanan reviewed earlier this year...

Hands-On Debut: The Redesigned Louis Vuitton Escale Collection

Following the major revamp of the Tambour last year, Louis Vuitton has just released their newly redesigned Escale in time for the collection’s 10th anniversary. The previous generation of the Escale was, for many of us, defined by the colorful and hand painted Worldtime watch that debuted in 2014 as one of the first few...

Grand Seiko: A Constant Force in Watchmaking

This article is from the WatchTime Archives and was originally published in 2022. During the past six decades, Grand Seiko has constantly been pursuing the creation of the world’s most accurate wristwatch, pushing the development of quartz, mechanical and Spring Drive movements. Now, the Japanesegiant is ready to finally enter the haute horlogerie segment. In...

The Art of Calendar: Parmigiani Fleurier Stuns with Tonda PF Hijri Calendar

In 2011, Michel Parmigiani created the Hijri Calendar Table Clock after he was inspired by the restoration of a pocket watch that featured an Arabic calendar. This remarkable achievement was even topped when the genius watchmaker and restorer implemented the complex mechanism in a wristwatch as the Hijri Perpetual Calendar which earned him the 2020...

The Sound of a Legacy: Chopard’s L.U.C Collection 25th Anniversary

This article was originally published in the July/August 2022 Issue of the WatchTime print magazine. On one hand, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the son of German entrepreneurs Karl and Karin Scheufele who acquired Chopard with five employees in 1963, could easily be described as a visionary. Since the 1980s, “KFS” has been the driving force behind the maison’s mission to...

Meet the New Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tuscan Copper

The introduction of Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo in 2014 made a profound impact in the realms of high horology. The minimalist yet highly sophisticated design not only signaled a daring innovation in watchmaking but also demonstrated Bulgari’s success in merging an ultra-thin case with contemporary materials. Even more impressive, Bulgari has set six world records in...

Blue Lagoon: Testing the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue

This article is from the WatchTime Archives and was originally published in June 2022. Tudor has expanded its popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight series of dive watches. One of the latest additions is a blue version with a manufacture caliber and a moderately sized 39-mm case that won the “Challenge” watch award at the 2020 Grand...

Hands-On with the CIGA Design Blue Planet – Gilding Version

A while back I flew over Greenland, and as I watched the snow-covered mountains below me, the sun hit them at just the right angle making everything look golden. It was a stunning sight, and this was also the first thought that came to me when I opened the box of the CIGA Design Blue...

CIGA Design Makes a Statement with the Bioceramic ‘Eye of Horus’

CIGA Design is a Chinese brand that is making strides in the Western markets by combining innovative design with Chinese craftsmanship at competitive prices. The best example of what this can lead to is their model called ‘Blue Planet,’ telling time through a beautiful domed and textured image of the earth, which also won the...

Only Watch 2023 Postponed

As a response to the growing pressure on the organization to provide more transparency, the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (AMM) has decided to postpone the 10th edition of the Only Watch auction to next year (it was originally scheduled for November 5, 2023). In the last couple of months, more and more questions were...

Showing at WatchTime New York 2023: Chronograph Monopoussoir Sylvain Pinaud x Massena LAB

In an exciting collaboration, Sylvain Pinaud and Massena LAB have joined forces to create a limited edition of the renowned French independent watchmaker’s monopusher chronograph which first secured the esteemed “Horological Revelation” Prize at the 2022 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). This exceptional timepiece, fully dubbed the Chronograph Monopoussoir Sylvain Pinaud x Massena LAB, is an exclusive edition limited to...

MB&F Launches M.A.D.1 Edition Green, Public Availability via 2-Week Raffle

MB&F announced today the M.A.D.1 Green, a third edition of the M.A.D.1 wristwatch it first disclosed in June 2021 under a separate label, M.A.D.Editions. The stainless steel watch is limited to 1,500 pieces and available via a raffle system, as the brand expects a very high interest that far exceeds supply. How it started Not many...

Introducing the Chronograph Monopoussoir Sylvain Pinaud x Massena LAB

In an exciting collaboration, Sylvain Pinaud and Massena LAB have joined forces to create a limited edition of the renowned French independent watchmaker’s monopusher chronograph. This exceptional timepiece, which secured the esteemed “Horological Revelation” Prize at the 2022 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), is an exclusive edition limited to a mere ten pieces. With...

Green Rambles: Money In Mediocrity

In the watch world, there is a tremendous amount of money in mediocrity. I am not talking about quality here because, quite frankly, it has been quite a while since I have seen a watch that was not up to par in that area. This was a different case when I started in the late...

Editor’s Pick: The Most Memorable Watches From 2022

As the year winds to a close, our editors here at WatchTime are taking a look back at some of the most notable watches to catch our eyes in 2022. Watchmakers across the industry approached the year with vigor, experimenting with vibrant colors, innovative materials, and reaching new technical feats. While we reflect on the...

The Worlds Smallest Planetarium Pays Tribute To The Red Planet

Dutch Brand Christiaan Van Der Klaauw (CVDK) has made quite a name for itself with its astronomy-inspired watches over the years. Just last year, it won the prize for best Calendar and Astronomy Watch at the GPHG with the Planetarium Eise Eisinga. While that watch featured a dial that resembled the blue-painted ceiling of the...

Grand Seiko Takes Brooklyn at the 2022 GS9 Collector’s Summit

This past Friday, Grand Seiko USA hosted their second GS9 event in Brooklyn, NY at the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank. The day-long event carried over into the evening and was a flurry of panels, watchmaking demonstrations from the Horological Society of New York, the debut of a new watch, and even the recreation of the...