Howdy, I visited Salon QP and have a number of articles in the pipeline. In the meantime, here is a quick snippet of the watches at the event to whet your appetite… More to come over the next few days. Cheers, Alex Read more
Here’s a shot I like. (Watches owned by TomG). Read more
Carl Fabergé produced a number of automata, often as surprises within his Imperial Easter Eggs. The first record of a Fabergé elephant “surprise” was the Diamond Trellis Egg made in 1892. In 1929, this mechanical elephant was presented in a wooden box as a Christmas gift to King George... Read more
Every detail of the Resonance oozes beauty! The titanium combination is my favorite. I love the rose gold accents, the stark white subdials with guilloche center, and the polished titanium case. Looking closer at the dial I love the titanium chapter rings, the flat head rose gold screws and... Read more
The past year has been enlightening; to not only spend quality time with several independent watchmakers, such as: Peter Speake-Marin HMS and Resilience HMS prototype (piece unique), Tourbillon MR (piece unique) and Perpetual Calendar (1 of 20) Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 Martin Braun Perpetual calendar flying tourbillon with retrograde date... Read more
The Star Wars watches were released today, I got a phone call about half an hour after the shop opened and headed in after lunch. Maybe the first “live” photos of one on the web. What’s this? A nondescript looking black box. It’s got another box inside. And yet... Read more
An English made Dent half hunter 18k watch with barleycorn guilloche engraving, with 3/4 plate movement, 2 piece cream enamel Willis dial and wonderful double ‘pear’ hour hand: Read more
Movements are the heart and soul of a Journe watch. I can stare at them for hours. Here are an Octa, CS, and Resonance: And a CT, Repetition Minutes, and Tourbillon Titanium: Read more
The F.P. Journe Centigraphe is one of the coolest chronographs in the market. The design is unique with three dials that measure time from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes and is operated by a a rocker located at 2 o’clock. The movement is made from 18K... Read more
One of my particular passions; these are but a few of mine. Read more
We are only a few months away from the launch of the much anticipated Chronometre Optimum. The watch is expected to be FP Journes’s most accurate timepiece to date – bringing together all his years of experience and knowledge. If you thought the CS was a precision chronometer then... Read more
Hi All; Well, in Chronometer tested movements anyway! The 2011 numbers are really interesting. Rolex: 751,285 (23% improvement on 2010) Omega: 509,301 (49% improvement on 2010) Breitling: 154,456 (26% improvement on 2010) I am amazed at how much Omega has improved on their numbers. – James Read more
The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi Ref. 5717 is as functional as it is beautiful. The Calibre 5717 can memorise cities in two different timezones, and changing the dial display between the two is as simple and intuitive as pressing a button. The crown-pusher at 8 o’clock activates the instant-jump... Read more
I was talking to a friend and fellow collector the other day, and as is often the way, we fell to chatting about how collections are formed. After an hour or so and more than a few glasses of wine we failed to come to any kind of agreement.... Read more
Hi All, Edouard Mignon is the director in charge of Cartier’s watchmaking innovations, and a passionate watch guy. During last month’s ID Two event, he was wearing this rare Collection Privée Santos Dumont in platinum… Check out how thin it is! It’s fitted with the Cartier caliber 21, based... Read more
One of the things I love about watchmaking is that it is such a ‘broad church’; it covers such a wide spectrum of craftsmanship and design. In Geneva this year I met up with two gentlemen whose own eponymous brands but, whilst they both happily reside at the top... Read more
Hi All; I have been working on the Fourth edition of our book for the last few months, but the deadline is getting REALLY close (it has to be with the publishers by the end of this month), so I have had to concentrate on it to the exclusion... Read more
  If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon.   If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool. – R.E.M. Simple moon complication, and a special balance spring in each watch. Very similar on paper but a very different... Read more
Hi All; At the end of the 1970s, Lemania made this manual wind two register chronograph and sold it to the Swedish & the South African airforces. It is quite a rare model (less than 1,000 made) and it took me a few years to find this one to... Read more
Some favorite chronographs: Patek 5070G, Patek 5960P, FPJ Centrigraphe, Lange Datograph, Patek 5070J Read more
Not many of these vintage Girard-Perregaux around, and certainly not in such fine original condition. For this model, Girard-Perregaux used the Valjoux Calibre 72C, an especially desirable manual-wind chronograph movement with column wheel construction and triple calendar. Girard-Perregaux also collaborated with the Italian pen manufacturer Montegrappa to craft fine... Read more

TZ forums update

TZ Blogs July 18, 2012

For over a decade, Timezone has run the same forum software. Our server host mandated that Timezone update our software. Effective today, we relaunched our forums and Timezone is now entirely relaunched. We have a new look and new features, some good & some still require fine tuning. We... Read more
TimeZone is committed to our community. Job Listings are an effort to support job creation. This new section can be found in the drop-down menu bar under “Community”. Here you will find open job positions within the watch industry. Feel free to search Job Listings for your desired position.... Read more
A friend shared this video he took at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de- Fonds, Switzerland. It is at once a clock, and a series of clocks, changing time from 14:43 Read more
Cartier are the flagship brand of the Richemont group, with the biggest stand at the Salon (actually two of them), yet they seem to garner little interest on the forums or very much respect from Watchnuts. And I think I know why; their product range is so wide and... Read more
Guess where I was yesterday? by JAMES DOWLING
Hi All; I was on a flight at 7am yesterday, then a 45 min train ride through some stunning countryside. Past some amazing scenery. Then a short walk around a medieval town. I had been here on quite a few previous occasions, but i had never before noticed this.... Read more
Surprising: Rolex Sky Dweller The first, and surely the biggest surprise is that Rolex have made an Annual Calendar watch. I can’t even begin to list the number of times I have heard Rolex folk tell me that they had no interest in this market; that they knew what... Read more
Today I saw two more women wearing Daytonas in Everose, one with the new ceramic bezel and one conventional one. And it suddenly occurred to me that I haven’t actually seen one of these on the wrist of a man, but on probably 20 or more women’s’ wrists. Anyone... Read more
Hi All, I am wearing a tennis player watch. It is truly unbelievable just how light this watch is, I think if I dropped it in the bath, it would float. Please forgive the rather imperfect wrist shot, there was more than the normal amount of one handed camera... Read more
From his workbench in Santa Barbara, master clockmaker David Walter provides TimeZone with an exclusive first look at his latest precision masterpiece – a Double Pendulum Clock with Perpetual Calendar. This precision clock has a double pendulum. When two pendulums hang on the same, non-rigid mounting frame, they swing... Read more
Hi All; A while ago, I wrote about why I go to Basel, the post is just below. I realised this year that this was my 16th or 17th Basel, my visits have expanded from my initial two-day jaunts to six days this year and I began to question... Read more
To anyone who has heard of the Battle of Britain, the name Biggin Hill airfield will strike a chord and I am sure that with its aeronautic connections it was no accident that Breitling chose this particular airport from which to transport a few English based watch writers to... Read more
Hi All; There was Edward Heuer (Jack’s father) and this Valjoux powered chronograph was made under his reign, most likely just after WWII. Read more
Hi All; The downturn in orders from the Far East is starting to have an effect in the Swiss watch industry, today two of the smaller suppliers, a dial maker and a bracelet maker announced layoffs. The totals involved are less than 20 employees, but the smaller suppliers are... Read more
A Moment with Dominique Fléchon, Author of ‘The Mastery of Time’
A conversation in May 2012 by Jessica The Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) recently hosted a cocktail reception to launch “The Mastery of Time” by French author Dominique Fléchon, an historian and expert in antiquarian horology. The 456-page tome divides the major breakthroughs in watchmaking in six thoroughly researched chapters.... Read more
I should begin by confessing my earliest admiration for François-Paul Journe’s work, although this is no secret to anyone here who knows me. I first enjoyed a teaser sampler of François-Paul’s “Steel Time” collection in New York City back in late 2005, timed to coincide with the world-wide launch... Read more
The Cartier Tank Anglaise Launch at Kensington Palace Gardens
Cartier & Aldo Cipullo, New York City in the 1970s
The 2011 TimeZone Watch of the Year is the Grönefeld One Hertz Finalists for the award represent a selection of the best timepieces of the year as chosen through a two-step voting process by TimeZone moderators. The winner is chosen exclusively by the TimeZone community, the world’s largest community... Read more
The Legendary Jewels of Elizabeth Taylor