The Odd, the Unusual, and the Uncommon Paul Delury Here is an eclectic selection of timepieces that offer something different in design, technology, function or scarcity. Whatever the category, I venture that none are likely to be seen all too often. THE ODD. Wyler Incaflex demonstrater. Here’s a somewhat... Read more
Presidential Pockets: Illinois A. Lincoln & Hampden Wm. McKinley Paul Delury The two vintage pocket watches addressed here have model names dedicated to former US Presidents, both of whom unfortunately met their demise by assassination. The watches carry engraved signatures of the respective Presidents on the movements. Illinois A.... Read more
Live Photos & Videos of Jaquet Droz at Baselworld 2014 Jessica Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Jaquet Droz has long mastered the use of aventurine for some of its most elegant dials and, this year, combines the sparkly mineral in a Grande Seconde Tourbillon. The center of the dial is... Read more
Live Photos: Introducing the Dubey & Schaldenbrand Structure Jessica For 2014, the independent boutique brand Dubey & Schaldenbrand provides TimeZone with an exclusive look at its new “Structure” chronograph with complete calendar and moon phase. The day and month windows are located inside the 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock,... Read more
Live Basel Photos: Breva Forecasts Weather & Altitude on the Wrist Jessica From the onset, Vincent Dupontreué was determined to launch a watch company that offered entirely new complications. He was not content to run another “me too” Swiss watch company that made different variations of the same movements.... Read more
Live Photos: Glashütte Original at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, Glashütte Original celebrates the chronograph and its new manufacture Calibre 37 column wheel chronograph movement made entirely in Glashütte. With a 70-hour power reserve, the new movement features the longest power reserve for the manufactory and is especially notable... Read more
Live Photos: Christophe Claret Maestoso at Basel 2014 Jessica At Basel, Christophe Claret officially launched two new watches, the Margot and the Maestoso. Margot is the brand’s first ladies timepiece with a “He loves me, he loves me not” complication of a daisy petal and sentiments window. Maestoso is... Read more
Basel 2014: Ball Watch William Massena Ball watch is growing exponentially in the US, now with about 200 dealers and some prestigious ones such as Tourneau, Topper and Manfredi. Ball introduced a lot of new watches this year and we had a chance to see them at Basel and... Read more
Christophe Claret Margot at Basel 2014 Jessica Margot is Christophe Claret’s first timepiece developed specifically for ladies. This remarkable timepiece features a blue mother-of-pearl outer dial that frames a three dimensional inner dial of daisy petals. The pusher at 2 o’clock causes a petal or two to disappear in... Read more
Live Photos: Breitling at Baselworld 2014 Jessica Breitling is celebrating its 130th year anniversary as an independent, family-run watchmaker. For 2014, Breitling is focusing on individualising its emblematic Navitimer and Chronomat collections by offering visual and technical diversity to existing models, as well as trending towards slightly larger case... Read more
Live Photos: Breguet at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, our friends at Breguet introduce two mens timepieces and four ladies timepieces. First, with the Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel 3797, Breguet makes a bold design shift by adding a three-dimensional sapphire crystal chapter disc to the dial. Not only does... Read more
Live Photos: Girard-Perregaux at Baselworld 2014 Jessica During Baselworld 2014, TimeZone presented Girard-Perregaux with the 2013 Watch of the Year Award for its outstanding Constant Escapement L.M. After the award presentation, Girard-Perregaux introduced the full range of its newest creations: Vintage 1945 XXL Blue Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date... Read more
A Conversation with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko
A Conversation with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko A conversation in March 2014 by Jessica During Baselworld 2014, TimeZone met with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation (Seiko). Mr. Hattori is the great-grandson of Kintaro Hattori, who founded Seiko in 1881. From an early... Read more
Basel 2014: Introducing the MB&F Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang Jessica It’s always fun to visit MB&F to see what’s cooking in the concept lab. This year, we got to play with the Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang (LM1 Xia Hang). Maximilian Büsser & Friends have taken the iconic... Read more
Live Photos: Maurice Lacroix at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, Maurice Lacroix presents a number of impressive new models from the avant-garde to the sportif. The Masterpiece collection is the top of the pyramid at Maurice Lacroix. The Masterpiece collection offers inventive, clean designs with one of over a... Read more
Live Photos: Ulysse Nardin at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, Ulysse Nardin unveils two exceptional musical timepieces. The first exceptional timepiece is the Imperial Blue minute repeating watch with carillon Westminster chime with four hammers on four gongs suspended from a blue sapphire crystal bridge. The timepiece looks as... Read more
Live Photos: NOMOS Glashütte at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, NOMOS Glashütte continues to assert its independence as a German manufactory by developing its own swing system (escapement). Only a few watchmaking companies in the world manufacture their own escapement assembly and NOMOS invested €11 million to develop its... Read more
Basel 2014: Rolex with Live Pictures William Massena Basel 2014 will be remembered as the year of the Pepsi bezel for Rolex. After nearly ten years, Rolex was finally successful in applying the red color to its signature bezel. During the firing process of cerachrom, the red color was... Read more
Live Photos: Omega at Baselworld 2014 Jessica The Omega highlights from Baselworld 2014 include the Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Lunar Dust”, the Speedmaster Mark II, a sneak peek at the Seamaster Professional Chronograph GMT and the... Read more
Basel 2014: A Look at the Seiko Novelties Jessica Seiko is fulfilling its promise to the U.S. for higher allocations and more variety of high-grade Seiko watches in a very big way. For 2014, Seiko announces the global launch of the new mechanical Caliber 9S86, the first ever hi-beat... Read more
Live Basel Report: Bulgari at Baselworld 2014 JESSICA An Italian jeweller by origin, Bulgari is applying the same type of creativity and exacting attention to detail to its watch manufacturing. Now fully integrated, Bulgari employs over 350 watchmakers to produce its own movements, cases, bracelets and dials. Beginning with... Read more
Breguet Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection Mark Bohannon TimeZone recently joined a special tour of Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection, hosted by Breguet, a major sponsor of the exhibition. Among our hosts were Charlotte Vignon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Michael... Read more
Visiting the Shinola Watch Factory in Detroit Michael Schott I recently had the opportunity to visit the Shinola headquarters and watch factory in Detroit, Michigan. As a Detroit native whose parents are also from Detroit, it is a point of pride to witness a true manufacturing operation in a... Read more
Seiko: Ancient and Modern James Dowling Hi All, In 1973 Seiko introduced the first ever analog quartz chronograph movement, the 7a28. It had a number of really interesting features like a tenth of a seconds register and was fitted with fifteen jewels, almost as many as contemporary manual chronographs.... Read more
Review: Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon Amr Sindi 14 February 2014 Moon phase complications have always held a special place in my heart and may very well be the reason I ever got into watches. From the grandfather clock in my parents’ living room to the Patek perpetual... Read more
Jean-Claude Biver Hosts a Hublot Night Out at the Barclays Center 12 February 2014 The Barclays Center, the state-of-the-art home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, welcomed Hublotistas and VIP watch fans from the TimeZone community for a big night out of conversation, cocktails and dinner with Jean-Claude Biver. The... Read more
Review: Glashütte Original PanoMatic Counter XL by Kevin Goodman 8 February 2014 With Basel 2014 weeks away I recently had the opportunity to spend a week with a Basel 2010 release, the Glashütte Original PanoMatic Counter XL. Before I start my journey with this watch I think a refresher... Read more
GMT Watches and the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit Edward Hahn 1 February 2014 GMT Watches – How do they Work? Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or dual time watches are a fairly common complication in today’s watch world – they allow one to set a second timezone without interrupting the timekeeping,... Read more
PHOTO REPORT: Cartier Novelties at SIHH 2014 Paul Boutros 27 January 2014 Once again, Cartier came out in full force this year with several major new introductions across its regular collection and their Fine Watchmaking Collection (FWC). For those unfamiliar with Cartier’s FWC, it’s a collection that was launched... Read more
LIVE Photos of A. Lange & Söhne at SIHH 2014 by PAUL BOUTROS Hi All, Below are some photos I was able to take during my short, 30-minute SIHH appointment this week. The demand for the watches was very strong, and in some cases, I had literally less than... Read more
PHOTO REPORT: Jaeger-LeCoultre Novelties at SIHH 2014 by HOWARD PARR The 2014 additions to the Jaeger-LeCoultre collection were once again received with much applause, as they continue to showcase the design and technology that is their true forte The most complex of the new pieces was the Master Ultra... Read more
PHOTO REPORT: Vacheron Constantin at SIHH 2014 by PAUL BOUTROS Dear Friends, This was the year of the skeleton watch for Vacheron Constantin, with several new skeleton models in the Métiers d’Art, Patrimony Traditionnelle, and Malte collections. In addition, the Malte collection was updated, with exhibition casebacks and mechanical... Read more
From SIHH: Photo report of the Audemars Piguet 2014 Novelties by HOWARD PARR AP CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias said in our interview a year ago that AP was focused on “Fewer, Bigger, Better” That translates to getting the most out of a concise and powerful representation of the brand, from... Read more