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
A Look at the JEANRICHARD Aeroscope Collection Before I start packing my camera bag and polishing my shoes for SIHH, I wanted to share a quick look at the JEANRICHARD Aeroscope. After all, no sports watch range is complete without a chronograph! Like the Terrascope, the brand’s staple time-only... Read more
Review: Glashutte Original Senator Panorama Date Moonphase by KEVIN GOODMAN It seems that around November or December our thoughts seem to gravitate towards the upcoming watch trade shows (SIHH and Basel) in Switzerland. Our anticipation harbors both hopes and fears. The hope that our favorites will be upgraded or... Read more
An evening with Blancpain & Timezone Blancpain & Timezone co-hosted a holiday party this past Monday, and, as you might expect, a good time was definitely had by all. Of course, how could that be anything but the case when one is surrounded with amazing watches, good friends and... Read more
Loupe System: An Owner’s Impressions Amr Sindi 17 December 2013 Allow me to share with you the most game-changing horological item I’ve acquired this year, the Loupe System. Like many of you I’m sure, I’ve received my fair share of branded loupes from my AD and brand events over... Read more
Meeting Vincent Calabrese: Inventor of the Corum Golden Bridge by Jessica 13 December 2013 Corum and Vincent Calabrese recently concluded their “Walk Through The Golden Bridge” tour in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. TimeZone had an exclusive opportunity to spend the day with the Corum team and legendary... Read more
The Bell & Ross BR126 Blackbird Edward Hahn Pilot Brian Shul in the SR-71. Much has been written about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. Designed in the early 60s, it still remains the fastest manned air-breathing aircraft (at least that we know about), with an official top recorded speed... Read more
Anouk and Oliver, co-founders and inspiration behind Revelation Watch Company Unknown to many a Watch Idiot Savant like you or I but very well known within the industry, Anouk Danthe and partner Oliver Leu – a design duo with decades of experience in wristwatch creation who collaborated on a... Read more
Day Two at the Rolex Factory: Dial Making We were up bright and early and on the bus by 9am for our trip to the third of the firm’s Geneva factories at Chene-Bourg. Long, but slim, the factory is squeezed between the road & a railway line, and obviously... Read more
  On November 12 I had the opportunity to visit the H. Moser & Cie. factory and museum, located in the German part of Switzerland, in the canton of Schaffhausen.   I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the new Chief Executive Officer of H. Moser &... Read more
Hi All; Day One at Rolex Part VI – Raw Materials & How Rolex Smelts its Gold; Previously we went back from finished watches to parts; now we are going to go even further back; to the raw materials. Unlike any other watch company in Switzerland; Rolex smelt their... Read more
Review: Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Titanium Blue LE Jorge Merino 27 November 2013 I recently had the opportunity to review the Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Titanium Blue, done in titanium with blue dial. I took it with me to Geneva a few weeks back. Unpacking the watch, my first... Read more
Simon Michlmayr, founder The Meridian Watch Company You may recall my interview from 2012 with Simon Michlmayr from the Meridian Watch Company where we discussed the founding of the company, the ethos behind his watches and their plans for the future. I was extremely impressed by both the man... Read more
A couple weeks back, we said goodnight to the forever lights of New York City And rose early the next day for the umpteenth edition of the Timezone Watch Walk NYC. Let’s get to steppin’ We’ve been leading Watch Walk NYC for five years, and will likely have to... Read more
Hi All; Our first visit was to Rolex Accacia, or Rolex World Headquarters Geneva, which, as well as being the administrative hub for the firm is also where all final assembly and testing takes place. After our coats were taken, we were accompanied through the vast reception area down... Read more