Live at Basel: Breitling Novelties 2013 by JESSICA
Carrera Calibre 36 Chronograph Flyback Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Flyback Chronograph 43 mm titanium carbide case, anthracite dial and perforated leather strap Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition Chronograph Monaco Twenty Four Carrera Calibre 8 Grand Date GMT Photos: Paul Boutros Read more
Early on Thursday morning, Cartier’s private jet whisked myself and a couple of other UK-based watch writers away from a cold grey London to a snowy La Chaux-de-Fonds. Less than 90 minutes after takeoff, we were walking into the factory located just five minutes from the single-strip airport. There,... Read more
On my recent trip to Geneva I had the opportunity to visit Les Cadraniers de Genève – the place where all the FP Journe dials are manufactured. I had no idea the complexity required to produce a dial and was completely blown away and impressed. I arrived early to... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Richard Paige
An interview in March 2013 by William Massena TimeZone (TZ): Richard, can you tell us briefly about your life prior to joining TimeZone? Richard Paige (RP): Being a Fourth generation watchmaker, I spent most of my life working in the watch and jewelry retail business, although I also dabbled... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier Head of Fine Watchmaking
An interview in March 2013 by Paul Boutros Smart, warm, and gracious, Carole Forestier-Kasapi is Cartier’s watchmaker extraordinaire. Born into a family of watchmakers, her infectious passion for watchmaking is felt the moment she begins speaking. During a brief interview in Geneva during SIHH 2013, Carole explained how proud... Read more
2012 TimeZone Watch of the Year A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar 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... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias
An interview in February 2013 by Howard Parr In conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Royal Oak last year, Audemars Piguet set out to do some deep self-examination. That may sound complex, but in truth the result was a simplification of the message. From a revamped logo and... Read more
Hi All, I had the opportunity to take shots of Lange’s new introductions for the year during SIHH. Please forgive the dust, fingerprints, etc… 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar I was lucky to catch a sneak peak of this watch the night before the official launch – I spotted it... Read more
Hi All, It was another impressive year for Cartier, with one of the most interesting and comprehensive set of new introductions among all brands exhibiting at this year’s SIHH. Highlights include: * Fine Watchmaking Collection – Two extraordinary mystery watches inspired by mystery clocks sold by the brand as... Read more
Dear VC Fans, For the first time, ladies timepieces were the focus for Vacheron’s new introductions this year. Fortunately, there were a few noteworthy new introductions for men, including: * A stunning platinum version of the Patrimony Traditionelle 38 MM * A new, two-tone dial color for the two-tone,... Read more
Hi All, I had the opportunity to take shots of many of Panerai’s new introductions for the year during the SIHH fair. Please forgive the dust, fingerprints, etc…these shots were taken handheld very quickly! PAM524 – LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK – 44mm Featuring Panerai’s first automatic movement... Read more
Hi All, I had the good fortune of being able to photograph most of Richard Mille’s new introductions at this year’s SIHH during my 30 minute appointment. All pieces were in strong demand – I literally had no more than one minute to take my shots in some cases!... Read more
Last year, we saw the release of the Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph and Deep Sea Auto Chronograph This year’s releases include two versions of a larger 44mm Deep Sea Chronograph (the Vintage is 40.5mm, the Auto is 42mm), with a case in Cermet, a ceramic alloy that makes the... Read more
2013 is the 20th Anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, and there are a number of notables in this year’s releases. Two big releases this year come in ceramic. The brand has been interested in working in ceramic for some time, but it was not until the level of... Read more
For the last fifty years Rolex have pursued one policy with an almost myopic vision; that of self-sufficiency. In that period, they have purchased bought almost all of the sub-contractors who used to supply them. Genex, who made cases were one of the first to be bought, then they... Read more
Nick English of Bremont Watches Turn on your TV (if you have one) and you’ll be confronted with advertising. Some is rubbish, the majority of it tedious, some fairly good. Most of the time, if you’re like me, you’ll look with general disinterest and a great deal of annoyance... Read more
Badollet is a “new-old” watchmaker in Geneva specializing in low production, high end watches. The company currently produces as few as 50 watches per year, with a goal of likely no more than 100. The Badollet family represented an uninterrupted line of watchmakers from 1655 until 1924. Jean Badollet... Read more
The famous Swiss retailer has been producing watches since 1919 and the name “Bucherer” is well-known amongst watch collectors. In 2001, the watch division of the Swiss family-owned Bucherer Group was renamed “Carl F. Bucherer”. Ever since, Carl F. Bucherer has taken one ambitious step after the next to... Read more
Who loves posting photos and first impressions of a new watch purchase on TimeZone? I see a lot of hands going up out there! Back in my early days on TimeZone in the late 1990s, “scans” of watches were the norm. And in those days, a scan was really... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Michele Sofisti CEO SOWIND Group (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard)
An interview in October 2012 by William Massena About Michele Sofisti Michele Sofisti has extensive experience in the watchmaking industry. Before creating Sofos Management, his own activity devoted to international strategy, marketing and management consulting, in 2005, Michele Sofisti was President of Swatch AG (Switzerland) for five years. He... Read more
Robert Loomes & Co. is a family watch and clock business with roots dating back to 1650. Thomas Loomes, a well known period watchmaker, was the first man to apply the pendulum to clocks in the UK. Fast forward a few hundred years, and by 1960, the company had... Read more
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