On Wednesday evening, Seiko hosted a very special event at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Greenwich, whose name will forever be associated with the ‘G’ in GMT, is not only the place where the 0 meridian begins, but also houses some of the most important timepieces in the world. Walking... 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
Kari Voutilainen is a quiet, introspective man. During a recent discussion with him about his life’s work, it became apparent that Kari has mastered all areas of watchmaking. In addition to being a technically inventive watchmaker, he is an uncompromising craftsman with an exquisite style. Kari was born in... Read more
In 2009, master watchmaker Martin Braun left the Franck Muller Group. Driven by a passion to build his own movements, Martin partnered with Swiss businessman Antoine Meier to realize the next chapter of his watchmaking journey. Together, the two founded the independent watch manufacturing company ‘Antoine Martin’ in Alpnach,... Read more
Viva México: the 2012 SIAR Watch Fair Howard Parr 7 October 2012 Earlier this week, I went to the SIAR (Salon Internacional Alta Relojeria) in Mexico City. This was the 6th Edition of the watch fair, and included the most exhibitors yet…44 brands! Most of the brands had scheduled... Read more
Last night was closing night of the Inside Basel Geneva 2012 tour. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel and included over 40 brand exhibitors and watchmakers. Some photos of this year’s novelties, exhibitors and attendees: During the cocktail reception, Jeff Kingston shared a wrist shot of... Read more
A Conversation with Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe
A conversation in September 2012 by Jessica TimeZone met with Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern during his visit to the Patek Philippe Boutique on Rodeo Drive. Steeped in over 170-years of continuous history and tradition, Thierry Stern shared the values of his family-owned company and insight into the Ladies... Read more
This past couple of weeks I had the good fortune to be in Paris. Aside from the usual sightseeing and gastronomic opportunities, I had the pleasure of being able to sit down for a few hours with Carlos Rosillo, co-founder and CEO of Bell & Ross, and a few... Read more
An iconic watch represents many facets of a brand, and iconic watches are so enduring that they are representative of the brand itself. For example, the Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso (Reverso), the Cartier Tank (Tank) and the Rolex Submariner (Submariner). Throughout its 200-year history, Girard-Perregaux has produced several magnificent timepieces... Read more
Premiere Viewing of the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Vitesse Jessica Parmigiani Fleurier officially launched its new Bugatti Vitesse during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. In keeping with the weekend’s theme of classic cars, the event included the unveiling of a rare 1935 Bugatti T57S Electron Torpedo. Parmigiani Fleurier CEO... Read more
A Weekend with Vacheron Constantin, Chef Thomas Keller, and Rolls-Royce Paul Boutros Dear Friends, Last weekend, I had the good fortune and great pleasure of attending an extraordinary set of events in Carmel, California thanks to Vacheron Constantin. Coinciding with the prestigious Concours d’Elegance, an annual competitive automotive event... Read more
When the Timex Intelligent Quartz Flyback Chronograph was announced during Basel 2012, I was impressed by its looks. However, I was skeptical whether Timex could produce a watch outside of its premium TX line that would appeal to me as a watch collector. I was pleasantly surprised. This affordable... Read more
During the 1970s, Swiss watchmaker Michel Parmigiani earned a distinguished reputation for his restoration of exceptional and complicated historical timepieces. In 1980, his skills were so highly regarded that the Sandoz Family Foundation retained him as the official restorer of their legendary collection of clocks, watches and automatons. Then,... Read more
Hi All, In early July, I too was lucky enough to be invited to Cartier’s manufacturing facility in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. Following James Dowling’s comprehensive report, below is another look at the ground breaking ID Two, with some photos and personal impressions. The ID Two event lounge... Read more
In the 1780s, Abraham-Louis Breguet became known in England, where George Prince of Wales was one of his earliest clients and admirers. A.-L. Breguet visited London several times in 1789, 1790 and 1791 to obtain new orders and collect payment for purchases made by the prince. Over the years,... Read more
Our friends at Seiko provide TimeZone with a look at some of the 2012 Novelties, including special edition Ananta and Grand Seiko models, as well as the new Astron GPS Solar. Ananta For 2012, the Ananta collection pays tribute to the richness of Japan’s cultural heritage. Seiko commissioned master... Read more
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Cartier invited around 100 of the world’s top watch writers and journalists to their La Chaux de Fonds factory, where they unveiled their second concept watch, the ID Two. Due to an oversight at Cartier, I was also invited. Here is my... Read more
For over fifty years, it has been the accepted knowledge that the history of the diving watch is intimately coupled to the history of recreational diving. Both Rolex & Blancpain (who equally claim to have invented the diver’s watch) use the introduction of the SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing... 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
While many of us admire the styling of the new instrument collection from Bell & Ross, some do not know the actual flight instruments that inspired them, so here’s a quick tutorial on what they are and how they are used. BR01 Turn Coordinator The BR01 Turn Coordinator is... Read more
At this year’s SIHH watch fair in January, we were introduced to the Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph, a 2-register chrono with the heirloom details we’ve come to see on the Deep Sea Alarm models, as well as the Grande Reverso Tribute to 1931 US Edition. 40.5mm case–like the Deep... Read more
Gems from the “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator” Exhibit Jessica Starting in New York City, Breguet embarks on a two month exhibition tour entitled ‘Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator‘ that traces the history of Breguet in aviation and showcases the brand’s legacy of innovation with a variety of historical timepieces including... Read more
Introduction Over the past year, Vacheron Constantin has delivered two exciting things to the US market that American collectors have long hoped for. Please allow me to explain through a personal, true story… Flashback to 2006 – just one year after Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary. I was fortunate to... Read more
George III ascended the throne in 1760 when he was 22 years old. That same year, George III built the Kew Observatory with the original purpose of observing the transit of Venus. Eventually, he located his collection of 2,000 timekeeping and scientific instruments to the observatory; the greater part... 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
A Conversation with Michael Margolis, US President of Girard-Perregaux & JeanRichard
A conversation in February 2012 by Jessica Michael (Mike) Margolis is a watch collector. Mike’s passion for watches began sometime in high school when his father gave him an Omega Seamaster. Mike vividly recalls winding it, setting it, putting it to his ear and falling in love with the... Read more
A Conversation with Rudy Chavez of Baume & Mercier
A Conversation with Rudy Chavez of Baume & Mercier A conversation in July 2011 by Jessica Rodolfo “Rudy” Chavez is an American success story. His story begins in the 1960s, when his parents fled Cuba. After the Chavez family immigrated to the United States, Rudy grew up and put... Read more